Department of Music


Husky Sports Band

The Husky Sports Band is the sound of St. Cloud State. The Husky Band helps generate school spirit and greater fan involvement.

Since the band's debut March 1, 2006, the band has continued to perform for athletic games and community events on and off campus. Membership has continued to expand with the addition of student musicians from St. Cloud Technical College, College of St. Benedict, St. John’s University, and local high school band programs. The band has traveled with SCSU athletic teams to conference tournaments and helped cheer on the Husky hockey team during its first trip to the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four in Pittsburgh.

Additional information

St. Cloud State Dixieland Band

Composed of students from the Husky Sports Band, this small ensemble includes clarinet, trumpet, trombone, tenor saxophone, tuba, drums and banjo. For more information or to schedule a performance, contact Glen Tuomaala.

Ensemble traditions

  • On the last home basketball game before holiday break the entire Husky Sports Band wears red and white Santa hats in the stands at Halenbeck Hall.
  • During home basketball games when the score creates a palindrome (same number sequence forwards as backwards) the band chants "Pa-lin-drome!"
  • Before every kickoff at Husky Stadium a student in the Husky Sports Band plays the Victory Bell (which is a converted metal milk container).
  • Before every pregame performance, the Husky Sports Band runs out onto the football field from the tunnel under the stadium while the drumline plays.
  • On March 1, the Husky Sports Band celebrates its birthday.
  • Second-year veterans are recognized with dog tags. Written on each dog tag is "Husky License - The Sound of St. Cloud State - Husky Sports Band."  
  • Around 2012, the Husky Sports Band started recognizing band members and sections that were putting in more work than normal by awarding that person or persons the Cone of Awesome. If you have the Cone of Awesome you have permission to paint, decorate, cut, or paste anything you want until it is awarded again. It has since been blue, pink, red, black, and even had feathers for a while.
  • We consider it bad luck to our teams when we walk on the St. Cloud State floor logo in the hallway of Halenbeck Hall. Therefore, band members often try to walk around the floor logo.
  • The first piece of music added to the music library for the St. Cloud State Bands was the Albanian March by R.B. Hall, Copyright 1895 by Carl Fischer.