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UW band plays Madison watch party

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MADISON (WKOW)-- Not every fan could make the trip to California for the Sweet 16, so Badger fans held watch parties across Madison. The watch party at the Majestic Theater was packed thanks to some special guests.

"I heard they had the Badger band playing and honestly it's been amazing," said Michael Foley, a UW Alum. "They've played all my favorite songs
it's like being at the game but maybe better because I didn't have to fly anywhere."

Fans filled the majestic theater to watch the Badgers in the Sweet 16 and entertaining everyone during commercial breaks
members of the UW marching band.

"It's fun, the band gets everybody hyped up," said drummer Brandon Berens.

The UW band splits up duties, between traveling to California and entertaining fans back home.

"I mean if I had a choice, I'd probably be in California, but yeah this is a lot of fun," Berens said. "It's definitely the next best thing."

And it helps that the Badgers came out strong taking an early lead.

"The Badgers are killing it," Foley said. "Bo Ryan is on a mission and they've stuck to it. It's different than the previous teams
where we'd gone done in the first half and had to come back. I like it much better."

And after this sweet 16 performance fans have high hopes for the rest of the tournament.

"We came out strong and we're making a statement," Foley said. "The Badgers are gonna win it all!"

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