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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 3:30-4:20 and on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:15.

                         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 3:30-4:20.

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


2019 - 20 Performance Schedule

Fall Schedule

August 23, Opening Convocation, REC, 10:00 a.m.

September 7, SMSU v. MSU Mankato (FB), 6 p.m.

September 20,  Combined Pep Band with Edgerton High School
for Edgerton vs. HOLF Game, 7 p.m.

September 21, SMSU v. Sioux Falls Univ. (FB), 1 p.m.

September 21, Pursuit of Excellence, performance at approx. 7:30 p.m.

October 12, SMSU v. Bemidji State (FB), 3 p.m.
**Homecoming parade 11 a.m.**

October 26, SMSU v. MSU Moorhead (FB), 1 p.m.
Play Like a Mustang Pep Band Invitational

November 2, SMSU v. Winona State (FB), 1 p.m.

November 16, SMSU v. Presentation (WBB), 4 p.m.

November 22, SMSU v. UM Morris (MBB), 7 p.m.

November 25, Mustang Pep Band in Concert, 7:30 p.m.
(in Fine Arts Theatre)

December 13, SMSU v. St. Cloud State (BB), 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.

December 14, SMSU v. UM Duluth (BB), 4 & 6 p.m

January 21, Combined Pep Band with Adrian High School
for Adrian vs. Red Rock Central Game, 6 p.m.

January 24, SMSU v. Winona State (BB), 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.

January 25, SMSU v. Upper Iowa (BB), 4 & 6 p.m.

February 7, SMSU v. MSU Moorhead (BB), 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.
Play Like a Mustang Pep Band Invitational

February 8, SMSU v. Northern State (BB), 4 & 6 p.m.
Hawaiian Night

February 21, SMSU v. Winona State (BB), 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.

February 22, SMSU v. Augustana (BB), 4 & 6 p.m.

February 26, NSIC Tournament First Round, TBA


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Last Modified: 10/29/19 10:43 AM