Minnesota March

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Minnesota March is a march for wind band written by John Philip Sousa for the University of Minnesota. The piece was one of four marches written by Sousa expressly for a university. It is now used as one of the university's school songs, with lyrics written in 1927 by university band director Michael Jalma. The piece is regularly performed by the University of Minnesota Marching Band and pep bands and often sung by students at various athletic events and ceremonies.[1]

Sousa declared that it was "The best piece that I have ever written."[1]




March on, march on to victory!

Loyal sons of the varsity.

Fight on, fight on for Minnesota,

For the Glory of the old maroon and gold.

March on, march on to win the game,

DOWN THE FIELD, fighting every play.

We're with you, team, fighting team,

Hear our song, we cheer along

To help you win a victory!


  1. ^ "Minnesota March | School of Music : University of Minnesota". music.umn.edu. Retrieved 2016-04-22. 
  • University of Minnesota Band Alumni Society (1992). Minnesota, Hats Off To Thee. Taylor Publishing Company. pp. 192, 209–210. ISBN 0-9629747-0-6. 
  • "Minnesota March". Regents of the University of Minnesota. Retrieved 2014-04-13. 

External links[edit]

  • Minnesota March as performed by the University of Minnesota Marching Band