The history of the ASU Sun Devil Marching Band is a proud one. Since being founded on September 20, 1915 by Lillian Williams, the then-Tempe Bulldogs Marching Band has grown into today’s ensemble of nearly 400 members that consists of percussion, woodwind, brass, front ensemble, color guard and spirit squad members.
The ASU Sun Devil Marching Band is known as “The Pride of the Southwest,” and with good reason. In 1991, the band was awarded the Sudler Trophy, an award given to one band each year in recognition of elevated musical standards, innovative marching routines, and a high level of national respect. The ASU Sun Devil Marching Band is the first Pac-10 school to be distinguished with this award, and high standards continue to be the norm today.
In addition to a number of bowl appearances, other past credits include: a performance in the pregame show at Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Arizona; performances at Cardinals NFL and Phoenix Suns NBA games; and performances at Sea World, Knott’s Berry Farm, Disneyland and Universal Studios. The ASU Sun Devil Marching Band has also had special guest appearances with the Boston Brass Quintet, Tower of Power and Little Richard.