Guarding Sparty Against the Wolverines

Every week leading up to the rival Michigan State-Michigan game, members of the Spartan Marching Band stand guard of the Sparty Statue day and night. The tradition started when the Varsity Club started protecting the statue from vandalism by near-by Michigan fans. A similar traditions takes place in Ann Arbor, when students guard the Brass M on the campus Diag.


About: Heather Blackmon-doForno

As a member of the Ohio State University Marching Band, I quickly grew to appreciate the dedication and pride each Big Ten Marching Band exhibits, as well as the traditions, history and culture of each school they represent. Being a passionate world traveler, my trips to Big Ten schools have always involved an effort to go beyond the game, scoping out the best local places to eat, delving into local history, viewing the campus architecture and learning about quirky folklore.