MSU marching band holds down the fort at Sparty Statue

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It may be considered the most important job during rivalry week and an exhausting one.

The MSU Marching band safe guards the Sparty Statue all week long leading up to the big game.

In years past, University of Michigan fans have vandalized the beloved-statue in the middle of the night.

Sparty Watch is an annual tradition organized by members of band fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi and each night they plan fun events to help pass the time.

Coach Dantonio stops by annually to drop off pizza and to thank the band for their service to MSU.

Kappa Kappa Psi President, Ryan Malburg, organized this year’s Sparty Watch; a tradition that some say began 60 years ago.

“This is a tradition and it started kind of informally, but in more recent years the organization that I’m in has taken it over and added events to it every night,” said Marching Band member, Ryan Marburg.

Meantime, some pranksters from that rival school painted a big “M” on the rock over an existing message from an MSU Fraternity. It didn’t take long, however, for someone to clean it up and re-paint.

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