Music Spirit

Making music on the sidelines

For many years, in the era before recorded rock music and video screens, an on-field band was a fixture of Lambeau Field’s southwest corner. From the late 1970s through the late ’90s, UWGB Prof. Lovell Ives served as director and recruited numerous alumni and students as players. The familiar guitar riff that prompts the “Go Pack Go” cheer was an Ives creation. (On occasion, a UWGB Pep Band has played at impromptu airport or stadium welcome-the-team-home celebrations, most notably “Return to Titletown” after Super Bowl XXXII.)


Chris Dinse ‘10 playing the bass drum in the Packers Tundra LineBy weekday, recent University of Wisconsin-Green Bay graduate Chris Dinse is a music teacher in the Green Bay Area Public School District. By weekend, he’s one of 20-plus percussionists spending their free time performing with the Green Bay Packers drumline — the Tundra Line. Read more.

College cheerleaders for a professional team

No other public university has college cheerleaders who pull weekend duty as NFL cheerleaders. Members of the UW-Green Bay Phoenix cheerleading team join forces with their counterparts at St. Norbert College to bring hometown spirit to Packers home games. The tradition began in the early 1990s, roughly corresponding with the team’s reemergence as an NFL power. UW-Green Bay cheerleaders were part of the action at Super Bowl XXXI and XXXII.