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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 4:00-4:50.

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.

                         drumline picture                    pep band with President Gores at the 2018 Homecoming parade 

2023 - 24 Performance Schedule

Football Season

September 9  SMSU vs Bemidji State  5:00 p.m.

September 23  SMSU vs UM Duluth  1:00 p.m.

September 23  Pursuit of Excellence Festival  5:30 to 11:30 p.m.

October 14  SMSU vs Northern State  4:00 p.m.
Homecoming Game

October 18  Combined Pep Band at Yellow Medicine East High School 7:00 p.m.

October 21  SMSU vs MSU Moorhead  1:00 p.m.
Play Like a Mustang  open to all high school band members

November 11  SMSU vs Sioux Falls University  12:00 p.m.

Basketball Season

November 20  
***Mustang Pep Band:  In Concert***
7:30 p.m. in the SMSU Fine Arts Theatre
Free and open to the public

November 27  SMSU vs Bethany Lutheran  (TBA)

December 8  SMSU vs Concordia St. Paul  5:30 & 7:30

December 9  SMSU vs UM Duluth  3:30 & 5:30

January 26  SMSU vs Univ. of Mary  5:30 & 7:30

January 27  SMSU vs Northern State  5:00-7:00

February 2  SMSU vs MSU Mankato  5:30 & 7:30

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

February 23  SMSU vs Minot State  5:30 & 7:30

February 24  SMSU vs MSU Moorhead  3:30 & 5:30

February 28  NSIC Tournament: First Round  TBA  

 pep band at a football game                             Pep Band Clarinets 

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