Arizona State University Sun Devil Marching Band

Arizona State University Sun Devil Marching Band

The Arizona State Sun Devil Marching Band (ASUSDMB), also known as The Pride of the Southwest, is the athletic band of Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. The Sun Devil Marching Band motto is “Expect Great Things.” The acronym EGT is inscribed on a sign that hangs from the director’s podium towering over the band's practice field, and is a symbol of the high standards that band members strive to meet. The ASU Band program, which includes the Marching and Pep bands, the Wind Ensemble, and the Symphonic Band, is a part of the Katherine K. Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, School of Music. The band is currently under the direction of Director of Athletic Bands James G. Hudson, who took over the program in 2006. The Sun Devil Marching Band is a major ambassador for Arizona State University and the state of Arizona. Each year almost 500,000 people are entertained by the band, which plays at home football at Sun Devil Stadium and as a pep band for basketball games at Wells Fargo Arena, homecoming, bowl game parades, other community events in the Valley, across the country, and even abroad.

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