Pride of the Dakotas

"The Pride" is the most visible band at SDSU. In addition to performances during the pregame and halftime activities of all home Jackrabbit football games, the Pride has toured the Upper Midwest extensively with shows at the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers and Winnipeg Blue Bombers football games and several guest performances at high school marching competitions, including the Tri-State competition in Luverne, Minnesota and the Festival of Bands in Sioux Falls, SD.

The Pride marched in the 1981 and 1997 Presidential Inaugural Parades in Washington, D.C. and at the National Independence Day Parade in Washington D.C. in July, 2000. In addition, the Pride was featured in the PBS Production of “A Capitol Fourth.” The Pride also marched in the 2003 and 2008 Tournament of Roses Parade. This year the Pride will perform at all home football games, and will present their biennial Indoor Concert.

The Pride is open to all SDSU students and credit for the course may be applied to the required University core of humanities. Although every student who wishes to be part of the band may participate, auditions are required for the drumline, the Dakota Blue color guard, and the drum major positions. In addition, new students are auditioned for part placement. Rehearsals begin on the first day of classes in the fall and are held daily (Monday-Friday) throughout the marching season.

The Pride of the Dakotas has developed a rich tradition of excellence in performance as well as becoming one of the largest "family" organizations on campus. Throughout the years, members of the Pride have forged friendships and memories that have lasted a lifetime. The Pride is under the direction of Director of Athletic Bands Jim Coull.

Mr. Jim Coull
Phone: (605) 688–5940

Dr. Eric Peterson

Phone: (605) 688–4029

Dr. Aaron Ragsdale

Phone: (605) 688–5534


(605) 697.5198 or toll-free (888) 735.2257