Some information has been updated as Tech Hockey Guide has learned more about the situation.
It was learned today unceremoniously through an email to the Huskies Pep Band list that the beloved Copper Country staple will be barred from playing their instruments at Yost and Munn for this year’s showcase edition of the “GLI”.
This circumstance is currently being blamed on the new format, as Big Ten rules stipulate that opposing teams cannot play in their buildings. Evidently, even non-conference games with a decades long history is no exception.
It is the understanding of Tech Hockey Guide that the Huskies Pep Band and Michigan Tech Athletic Department did everything they could to circumvent this rule, including going to great length to attempt to contact officials from the Michigan and Michigan State bands, but were ultimately unsuccessful.
While it is uncertain why neither school is willing to allow the long-time host school (and biggest attendance contributor in recent years) the courtesy of bringing their student-run band for a non-conference showcase, this news is certain to strengthen the hope amongst Michigan Tech faithful that the showcase format is a one-year scenario.
The Huskies Pep Band has politely requested that any “hate mail” gets thrown their direction as opposed to the athletic departments of any of the participating schools, as all routes to get them in the stands at either location have been exhausted. However, the comment sections on our social media channels are open so feel free to fire away.