About Us

Two mostly-sane student directors and conductors lead this crazy and wild group of student, staff, faculty, and community members as they single-handedly bring victory to the Tigers with an astonishing array of both musical and extra-musical entertainment alike!  (Well okay, sometimes we let the athletic teams help.)

The completely student-run Tiger Pep Band is composed of musicians from both the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Music, while the accompanying Tiger Pep Band Tiger Maniacs include all those fun-loving folks that never learned to play an instrument.  The ensemble performs for DePauw University football and basketball games, the annual Battle for the Monon Bell, the occasional volleyball game, and several events around the campus and community.

The Tiger Pep Band is the official Award-Winning DePauw Fighting Tiger Indoor/Outdoor Professional(?) Cheering Pep Band and Spam Society Revue, Unlimited!!! at DePauw University.  (That's A-WDPFTI/OP?CPB&SSRU!!!@DPU for short.)

Tiger Pep Band took its very first non-Monon ROAD TRIP to support the Tiger Baksetball Teams in the NCAA playffs in 2002. The Tiger Pep Band began annual pilgrimages to every SCAC Basketball Tournament that year until DePauw moved to the NCAC in 2011.  The Tiger Pep Band has also appeared as the Official Band of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championships and the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in 2003.

Directed and conducted by two goofy student directors, the Tiger Pep Band performs a highly varied repertoire of classical pep band musical literature, including such great works as The "Hey" Song, Vehicle, In The Mood, Rocky, and (of course) Eye of the Tiger.

Since 2001, the Tiger Pep Band has also been closely affiliated with the Rose Pep Band of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana.  During DePauw/Rose contests, the bands perform together in the home stands, and support both teams with their respective fight songs.  In regular season games, members of one band frequently visit the other's performances in support of better competition through friendly cooperation.

Now, alumni of the Tiger Pep Band, DePauw Marching Band, DPU Stumblebums, and other DePauw spirit ensembles have a home, too. Tiger Pep Band Directors emeritus David Ziemba '03 and Daniel Reck '03 saw a need for an alumni organization, but wanted something unique. Hence, the Tiger Alumni Bands and Stumblebums (TABS) were created... and it's a real band, too! The alumni band made its very first performance at Old Gold 2004, and has scheduled performances about four times a year. Alongside its collegiate counterpart, Tiger Alumni Bands were an official band for the 2005 SCAC Basketball Tournament in Memphis, Tennessee.

We are the Tiger Pep Band.  This is our mission.  (And nothing but victory do we commission.)

A Brief History

1904
DePauw Marching Band begun.

1953
Professor Dan H. Hanna was DePauw's director of bands.  The DePauw Marching Band took on a new life as "The DPU StumbleBums!"

1960s
The faculty-led DePauw Pep Band is begun and performs through the early 1990s.

1989
DePauw Marching Band is disbanded one year after Prof. Hanna retires.

1993
Dr. Craig Paré joins DePauw as the new director of bands.  The University Band is instructed to perform at football games.

SEPTEMBER 9, 1995
The student-led Tiger Pep Band is founded!

FEBRUARY 2002
Tiger Pep Band takes it's first post-season ROAD TRIP and is recognized as "the #1 Band in Division-III athletics!"

APRIL 2002
The musically-challenged Tiger Maniacs are created.

MARCH 2003
After performing at the inagural SCAC Basketball Tounament in Memphis, Tiger Pep Band is the official band for the two NCAA National Championships.

FEBRUARY 25, 2004
Alumni Tiger Pep Band is founded.

SEPTEMBER 2004
The Tiger Drumline is founded.

OCTOBER 2004
Tiger Alumni Bands makes their first-ever performance during the Old Gold Weekend festivities.

MARCH 2008
Tiger Pep Band continues as official band for the SCAC Basketball Tournament, now in Conway, Arkansas!

OLD GOLD 2010
Tiger Pep Band celebrates 15 years!