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And the band played on

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The UW Marching Band returned to play its traditional pregame show at Union South on Saturday before marching into Camp Randall. The UW Marching Band returned to play its traditional pregame show at Union South on Saturday before marching into Camp Randall.

MADISON (WKOW) -- Any Badger fan will tell you, there's nothing like a gameday at Camp Randall Stadium.  "Being at a Badger game is that's about as good as it gets," said Ron Green, a parent of a UW-Madison student.

As the details of hazing within the band began surfacing over the past week, many fans felt band director Mike Leckrone did the right thing by suspending the band.  Leckrone and UW administration lifted the suspension Thursday after the team missed the previous game against Ohio State University.  A suspension for away games is still in effect.

"I'm a full supporter of the marching band," said UW alumnus Sean Auger, "but they misbehaved, so I think they get what's coming to them."

"I think the incidents were very sad and a real bad reflection on the university and frankly on the students," said fellow fan and 1956 graduate Bill Plautz.

Some fans even went to the extent of suggeseting that silencing the band might also have cost the football team their home-field advantage.

"They generate all the enthusiasm, the spark," said Green. "They get the student body going."

Auger welcomed the band back, saying the Badgers could use any extra help they can get going into Saturday night's game against top ten-ranked Penn State.

"I think the season is in trouble if they lose today," said Auger. "Then anything from here will be a moral victory."

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