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The Coyote Pep Band performs in the Sanford Coyote Sports Center for USD Men’s and Women’s Basketball games. As a member of the pep band you provide the soundtrack and high energy atmosphere that leads the teams to victory!

Performing the finest pop, jazz and traditional USD arrangements, Pep Band repertoire builds on that of The SOUND of USD Marching Band’s fall season.

The Coyote Pep Band is comprised of approximately 35 energetic brass, woodwind and rhythm section musicians, and members of the marching band receive preference at pep band auditions.

For information about becoming a member of The SOUND of USD Marching Band, follow this link.


Each member of the Coyote Pep Band receives a $450 Service Scholarship as well as travel, housing and per diem for tournaments.


Auditions for the Coyote Pep Band take place in mid-September with audition repertoire chosen from The SOUND of USD Marching Band’s current season repertoire. Contact the Director of Athletic Bands for audition dates and specifics.


Rehearsals begin in mid-November in lieu of select marching band rehearsals. The SOUND of USD Marching Band rehearses Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 4:00-5:20 p.m.

Coyote Pep Band performances begin with USD Hoops Madness in early November and continue with all men’s and women’s home basketball games during the fall and spring semesters. Pep Band does not perform over winter break, but we do perform at The Summit League Tournament and other select tournament games.

Spring semester rehearsals take place as needed on Fridays, 4:00-5:15 p.m. and are announced in advance.


  • Todd Cranson, D.M.A., Director of Athletic Bands
  • John LaCognata, PhD., Director of Bands
  • Damon Lamberty, Graduate Assistant

Contact Todd Cranson if you have additional questions.

Name Department & Office Contact
Todd Cranson
  • Assistant Professor of Low Brass, Director of Athletic Bands
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