08 Aug Loud & Proud
You’re a fan. But some people spend most of their collegiate careers rooting for the teams that wear red and black. Meet them—the bands, cheerleaders and dance team.
The Marching Band, comprised entirely of students, performs before home football games and during halftime. Regardless of where you hear or see them, the Marching Band always puts a special accent on Cardinals spirit. The roll of the drum line and the playing of “Fight! UofL” gets Cardinals fans going and ready for victory on the football field.
The roll of the drum line and the playing of “Fight! UofL” gets Cardinals fans going and ready for victory on the football field.
The band also plays annually at the Kentucky Derby and performed at the 2008 Ryder Cup Opening Ceremonies at Valhalla Country Club in Louisville. In 2008, the band was featured on the show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” when trumpeter Patrick Henry Hughes and his family received a new home. As a bonus, the show renovated the band’s practice facility.
‘Cardinal Pride’ Pep Band
The UofL Cardinal Pride Pep Band performs at all athletic events. Its performances are among the most thrilling and signature events of a Cardinals basketball game. You can also find it at some away games and NCAA Tournament games. From the playing of “Fight! UofL” as the team takes to the court for warm-ups to its vast repertoire of pop hits, the pep band provides good tunes and a thunderous atmosphere for fans.
Which UofL teams have the most national titles? With over 40 combined national championships, it’s the UofL Cheerleaders and Ladybirds dance team. In fact, the cheerleaders made history in 2009 as the first program ever to sweep all four competitions at the NCA/NDA National Championship—the Big Kahuna of spirit team championships—and they did it again in 2011. In 2016, the UofL Cheerleading Squad and the Ladybirds won a collective five national championships. We expect they’ll continue to rake in championships in the coming years.
A Lot to Cheer About
Baseball: 3 College World Series appearances, 8 regular season titles, 3 conference tournament titles.
Women’s Soccer: 2011 Regular Season Champs
Swimming: NCAA 3x Champion Joao De Lucca, 4x champ Kelsi Worrell
Football: 20 Bowl Games, including 2 BCS Bowl wins (Orange Bowl 2007 and Sugar Bowl 2013)
Women’s Basketball: National Runners Up 2009 and 2013
Basketball: 3 National Championships, 10 Final Fours, 19 conference titles
Softball: 13 Consecutive NCAA Tourney appearances, 2 Conference Tournament titles, 2 regular season titles
Men’s Soccer: National Runners Up 2010, 4 conference titles
Volleyball: 4 Sweet Sixteens, 26 regular season titles, 5 30+ win seasons