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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 

2021 - 22 Performance Schedule

Football Season

September 2  SMSU vs MSU Moorhead  7:00 p.m.
September 17  Combined Pep Band at Dawson-Boyd High School  7:00 p.m.
September 18  SMSU vs U Mary  6:00 p.m.
September 18  Pursuit of Excellence  (TBA)
October 9  SMSU vs U Sioux Falls  5:00 p.m.
Homecoming Game
October 23  SMSU vs Wayne State  5:00 p.m.
Play Like a Mustang  open to all high school band members
November 6  SMSU vs MSU Mankato  1:00 p.m.
November 22  Mustang Pep Band:  In Concert
7:30 p.m. in the SMSU Fine Arts Theatre
Free and open to the public

Basketball Season

December 4  SMSU vs Augustana  TBA
December 10  SMSU vs Winona  TBA
December 11  SMSU vs Upper Iowa  TBA
January 21  SMSU vs U Mary  TBA
January 22  SMSU vs Bemidji  TBA
February 4  SMSU vs MSU Mankato  TBA
Play Like a Mustang  open to all high school band members
February 5  SMSU vs Concordia St. Paul  TBA
February 17  SMSU vs Wayne State  TBA  

 pepband                             Pep Band Clarinets 

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