The Wolverine athletic teams are supported by the renowned Michigan
Marching Band, U-M dance team and U-M cheerleading squad.
The band has been part of Michigan football atmosphere since the fall
of 1896 when Harry dePont invited all musicians on campus to attend a
meeting to organize a university band. By Feb. 22, 1897, the band played its
first performance on the University Hall stage and within a few weeks had
become one of the most popular groups on campus.
On Nov. 13, 1897, the 25-member University band accompanied the football
team to Detroit for a 14-0 win over Minnesota. By the following fall, the
presence of the band at the football games had become integral to Michigan
football tradition. Ever since, the Michigan Marching Band has served as an
ambassador of the University, providing atmosphere and entertainment at
Dr. John Pasquale was named the Donald R. Shepherd Associate Chair
in Conducting and Director of the Michigan Marching Band in 2013. He
oversees the athletic band program, is the conductor of the University Band,
and teaches classes in conducting, rehearsal techniques and aural analysis.
The Michigan dance team performs at many varsity athletic events. The
team is led by head coach Valerie Stead Potsos and assistant coach Joan
Noble Pruett. In addition to performing on campus, the team also represents
U-M at the National College Dance Team Championship.
The Michigan cheerleading program aims to increase fan support at athletic
events and to raise the level of public support for U-M. Led by head coach
Pam St. John and assistant coach Elisabeth Tyzo-DePaulis, the cheerleaders
represent the university at athletic and alumni events both locally and
nationally. From 2013-16, the team captured four straight National
Cheerleaders Association national titles in the co-ed intermediate I division.
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