COVID-19 has eliminated another beloved Badgers tradition.
UW Marching Band announced Thursday that the Big Ten Conference decided the bands would not participate in this football season. The conference can review the decision later.
The Wisconsin Band was founded in 1885, at least nine years before football hit college, according to a Badger Band statement.
The band was put into Badgers football games, with members doing half-time gigs and playing Fifth Quarter shows as well.
This year, matches will be played with very limited fans at the stadium. The first home game is scheduled for October 24 against Illinois.
The Marching Band cleared up Wednesday to return to live instructions. Information about performances during the winter sports season or spring semester was not available on Thursday.
“Performing for Badger Setia in the biggest venue on all football campuses is an honor and a privilege that we do not take lightly,” the statement said. “We look forward to the time when we can fit in and come out to support our team and this great institution.”
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