COLUMBUS, Ohio — While the 16-seed Fairleigh Dickinson Knights were the Cinderella story of this NCAA tournament, the school doesn’t have a tie. However, the University of Dayton does. And the UD Band, whose campus is just over an hour’s drive from Nationwide Arena, has stepped in to cheer on the Knights and play their fight song.
According to young trombone student Cole Joniak, the UD band learned the FDU fight song — yes, the official name is “FDU fight song” — just minutes before the Knights took on top seeds Purdue Boilermakers on Friday. The FDU became only the second 16-man team to ever advance through the Round of 64.
The UD band members were back in the FDU corner on Sunday night, still wearing their red, white and blue “Flyer Pep Band” hats but white FDU “Going Dancing” t-shirts, singing “Let’s go Knights” and brandishing plastic swords they picked up in Party City.
The FDU attempted to become the first 16-seed to advance to the Sweet 16 but fell to the 9-seed Florida Atlantic Owls 78-70 on Sunday.