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picture of the 2018 Mustang Pep Band

The Mustang Pep Band is a high energy performance ensemble that enhances the game day environment for Football and Basketball Games at SMSU.  The band plays arrangements of some of the most driving popular music selections from the past 4 decades in order to provide entertainment to the widest possible audience.  Members of the Mustang Pep Band come from many degree programs throughout the university. 

During the fall, the Mustang Pep Band plays for all home Football games as well as the Men's and Women's home basketball games that lead up to the semester break.  The fall Mustang Pep Band rehearses on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00-3:50 and on Tuesdays from 4:15-5:15.

                         Pep Band drummer in Sponge Bob mask                     bass drummer in the homecoming parade

In the spring, the Mustang Pep Band plays for all home Men's and Women's Basketball games through the NSIC Tournament.  The spring Mustang Pep Band rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-3:50.

All full-time, student members of the Mustang Pep Band receive a $200 scholarship for participation in the fall and another $100 scholarship for the spring.  For more information about the Mustang Pep Band, contact Dr. John Ginocchio at or (507)537-7209.

                         pep                    pep band with President Gores at the 2018 Homecoming parade 

2022 - 23 Performance Schedule

Football Season

September 102  SMSU vs Concordia St. Paul  5:00 p.m.

September 17  Pursuit of Excellence  (TBA)

September 24  SMSU vs Minot State  5:00 p.m.

October 1  SMSU vs Upper Iowa  5:00 p.m.
Homecoming Game

October 15  SMSU vs Winona State  1:00 p.m.
Play Like a Mustang  open to all high school band members

October 29  SMSU vs Bemidji State  1:00 p.m.

November 12  SMSU vs Augustana  1:00 p.m.

Basketball Season

November 15  SMSU vs Crown (WBB)  TBA

November 19  SMSU vs Northern Michigan (WBB)  TBA

November 21  
***Mustang Pep Band:  In Concert***
7:30 p.m. in the SMSU Fine Arts Theatre
Free and open to the public

December 1  SMSU vs Augustana  5:30 & 7:30

January 13  SMSU vs MSU Moorhead  5:30 & 7:30

January 14  SMSU vs Northern State  3:30 & 5:30

January 20  SMSU vs St. Cloud State  5:30 & 7:30

January 21  SMSU vs UM Duluth  3:30-5:30

February 10  SMSU vs Upper Iowa  5:30 & 7:30

February 11  SMSU vs. Winona State  3:30 & 5:30

February 18  SMSU vs Wayne State  3:30 & 5:30

February 22  NSIC Tournament: First Round  TBA  

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