The tune of "On Wisconsin" can be heard echoing across the Glendale Community College campus this week where the 280-member University of Wisconsin marching band is practicing for its Jan. 1 Rose Bowl appearance.
The rehearsals are becoming a December tradition at the college, said Jon Gold, division chairman for physical education, health and athletics. It is the fourth consecutive year that a band from one of the two Rose Bowl game contenders has used Sartoris Field.
Last year, the college hosted the marching band from Ohio State University, a Rose Bowl contender, as well as the band from the University of Alabama, which competed in the national championship game played at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 7.
"When we had Alabama we had the bleachers almost completely full with people," Jon Gold said.
Several dozen community members, marching band enthusiasts and Wisconsin fans were waiting for the band when it arrived Tuesday at Glendale Community College for its first practice of the week.