University of Michigan

BLOCK M FORMATION, “M FANFARE” & DRUM MAJOR BACK BEND

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.  Strutting to the north end 20-yard line, s/he removes the plumed hat and performs a slow back bend, touching her/his head to the ground, causing an explosive roar of the crowd.


University of Michigan Marching Band Pre-Game Show