I was in the small pep band a few years back (2007 & 2008). The band was made of two or three USF students and the rest were high school friends from Riordan High School in the city. About 10 in total.
Our second year, we tried to pick up the tempo of the USF fight song, but we never made it sound right. We did not practice outside of games and relied mostly on our high school pep band experience to lead us through games. We were so lost when we first started, we had to learn the NCAA rules the hard way. A WCC referee almost gave USF a T because our band was playing music at an inappropriate time.
I think if USF has a focused group of individuals, not only can the fight song be effective during games and liven up the crowd, but a band can also play some great songs to get fans into the game.
It would also make it easier for USF student musicians to commit themselves to a USF Pep band if the university offered a for credit class for the pep band. It would improve the band and make them consistent during performances. Think... one unit course, leading to one or two practices a week. (Good luck with that, I had to become a music minor in order to just get piano and guitar lessons at USF)
Getting the right pep band band is going to take a lot of work. I hope the athletic department could pull this one off. It is something the Dons are currently lacking during their sporting events.