University of Wisconsin

5th QUARTER

The 5th quarter is the most widely known tradition of University of Wisconsin football. Although officially named “5th quarter” in 1978, it actually started in 1969 when the Badgers had lost 24 straight games and the band director, Michael Leckrone, was looking for a way to inspire the fans to stay throughout the entire game. Today, at the end of the game, the band casually takes the field, along with the cheerleaders and fans, and plays songs like “Beer Barrel Polka,” “You’ve Said it All” and “The Chicken Dance” for about 20 minutes while fans dance and sing on the field and in the stands.