Watch Kansas state University football games online to be entertained by the Pride of Wildcat Land, the university’s marching band. Simply known as “The Pride,” this 300 plus member band performs pre-game, halftime and post-game shows on game day when the KSU Wildcat football team plays.
The Pride began its march toward KSU tradition way back in 1887. It was a school professor, Alexander Brown that gathered 15 musicians to form the first band at the school then known as Kansas State Agricultural College. It was actually baseball that first drew the band to a sports association accompanying the team to an 1899 game. Since that first outing more than a century ago, the KSU Marching Band has grown from that 15-member beginning to more than 350 members today. Since that first baseball game, the band has played at many home and away games, NFL exhibition games, post-season bowl appearances, numerous festivals and parades as well as a variety of civic, charity and alumni events.
He band also travels to Kansas City often to perform during Kansas City Chiefs’ home games. They band also has appeared three times at Texas Stadium performing at Dallas Cowboy home games and made two appearances at Denver Bronco games as well. Other non-KSU game appearances include a 1974 appearance at the NFL Pro Bowl and a showcase at the 1977 Texas State Fair. The band’s performance appearances went international in 1980 with a show at Wembley stadium in Hyde Park, England. The band has accompanied the KSU Wildcat football team to 13 bowl games in the past 14 years.
The Pride entered the Guinness Book of World Records when 67 school bands joined them on Sept. 15, 1984, creating a record number 3,144 member marching band notching a place in history as part of the largest marching band ever.