University of Michigan


The University of Michigan prides itself on tradition.  “Friendly” rivals for the football team include Notre Dame, Michigan State (The Battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy), and Ohio State (commonly referred to as “The Game”). Before each game, the University of Michigan Marching Band takes the Big House field and plays the “’M’ Fanfare,” “Varsity,” and finally, “The Victors,” as the football team charges out to jump and touch the “Go Blue – M Club Supports You” banner.

University of Michigan Students are nicknamed the “Wolverines”. The name dates back to the early 1700’s in reference to either the Indian fur trade or the French settlers’ inappropriate eating habits—no one knows for sure.  The school colors, Maize and Blue, which was chosen by a student committee in 1867, changed in hue over the years from pale yellow and light sky blue to the bright gold and deep navy blue that you see today.

Nickname:  Wolverines
School Colors:  Maize & Blue
Mascot:  None




During  the pre-game performance of "The Victors",  the drum major struts down to the north end zone, tossing the mace over the goal post cross bar. Superstition says that if the mace is dropped, the football team will lose the game!    ... (more)


The UM football team taking the field through the tunnel at the 50 yard line is a unique and powerful entrance.  As the marching band belts out The Victors, each member of the team reaches up touch the banner above them that reads  "Go Blue: M Club Supports You".  M Club refers to The Letterwinners M C... (more)


For every home game, Michigan reserves one seat in the stadium, in an undisclosed location, for former head coach (1938-1947) and athletics director (1941 to 1968), Fritz Crisler. The tradition was started in the 1... (more)


Prior to kick-off, the PA announcer thanks fans in The Big House for “being part of the largest crowd watching a football game anywhere in America”.  This was started by Howard King, the PA announcer fo... (more)


Michigan Marching Band Traditions The University of Michigan Marching Band held its first rehearsal as a concert band in November, 1896.  By the spring of 1897, the band had already become popular on campus and was playing at all the indoor track meets and baseball games. The ... (more)

SCHOOL SONGS The UM Women's Glee Club Sings "The Yellow & Blue", "Varsity" & "The Victors" The Victors The fight song of the University of Michigan sports teams, The Victors was written in 1898 by a music student at the time, following the last-minute football victory over the University of Chicago that won the ... (more)


Approximately 90 minutes before kick-off, the UM Drumline marches onto the steps of Revelli Hall to pump up the crowd that gathers around for this pregame warm-up.  The precision drumline performs the parade cadence series and closes with "Temptation" and "Hawaiian War Chant", both of which have been performed in Th... (more)


After the band lines up under the stadium for pregame, they pour out of the tunnel into the Block M formation on the 50-yard line to play the “M Fanfare”.  "M Fanfare" is made up of portions of the school songs “The Victors," "Varsity," and "The Yellow and Blue." During "M Fanfare", The University of Michigan Drum Major, or the “Man Up Front”, performs no ordinary back bend.  Struttin... (more)

Now used by universities and high schools all over the country, the tune was originally written in 1977 by University of  Michigan tuba player, Joseph Carl, and first played at a UM Hockey game.  ... (more)


Although a standard crowd activity in most stadiums, the Wave has been perfected in Michigan Stadium.  Started by the Student Section, the Wave goes around the stadium in normal fashion a few times, then it might go in slow motion, double its speed, or split off in opposite directions.   If you want to participate in the Wave here, you have to be on your toes! (more)


University of Michigan Students are nicknamed the “Wolverines”. How the name came to be is not entirely certain, given that there has never been a record of a trapping of a live Wolverine, nor have any skeletal remains been found within the state’s borders. Although there were reported sightings in the late 1700’s/early 1800’s, the ... (more)