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Wazzu band learns Washington’s fight song, will play it in rival’s absence after bus crash

Underneath all of the hatred and animosity and vitriol, this is what a real college football rivalry looks like.

Thursday, one of the six buses carrying members of the University of Washington’s marching band and spirit squad was involved in an accident that resulted in the bus rolling over on its side. Icy road conditions were blamed for an incident that happened roughly halfway between Seattle and Pullman.

While no one was seriously injured, nearly four dozen individuals were transported to local hospitals to be treated for cuts, back pain and other non-critical injuries; two of those remain hospitalized with unspecified injuries.

As a result of the accident, the university announced earlier Friday that the marching band will not continue on to Pullman and will not be in attendance for the Apple Cup rivalry matchup with No. 8 Washington State. In response to that development, the Wazzu marching band took it upon itself to, on very short notice, learn UW’s fight song, which they will play during tonight’s game.

Even prior to that gesture, the Wazzu band had set a classy tone.