The online application window opens on March 1st and remains open until July 1st or until each section is full. Some sections fill very quickly so early application is recommended.
Tuesday - Friday — 4:30 - 5:45
Saturdays — Football Games and Events
Blugold Marching Band may be used to fulfill a humanities requirement (1 credit, 3 times). If you have been accepted in the BMB through the application system you may register for MUSI 183 at summer orientation or during the on-campus registration period.
The cost of Blugold Marching Band membership is relatively low. For students who live on campus university Housing charges $3 per night for early move-in (approximately four nights during camp). New members will need a BMB shirt, marching shoes and other supplies at a total cost of about $60. We typically do an overnight trip to Chicago, Indianapolis, or St. Louis at a total price of about $80. Your second, third, and fourth years in Blugold Marching Band will be even less if your supplies are still usable.
There is a training camp prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Attendance is required for all members. Dorms open early for Blugold Marching Band members. You may move directly into your permanent housing assignments and miss the rush of regular move-in day.
The Music Department provides drums, sousaphones, baritones, mellophones, and a limited number of piccolos at no charge. These instruments are available for check-out during camp registration.
Admission to the Blugold Marching Band is competitive and is limited by our inventory of uniforms and equipment. The band does not have an alternate system, therefore every person who is accepted will have a spot in the show.
SECTION MEMBER POSITIONS (# of returners in parentheses)
Section goals may be adjusted depending on strength of applications.
40 Piccolos (30)
40 Alto Saxophones (25)
22 Mellophones (12)
16 Baritones (12)
3 Drum majors
46 Clarinets (43)
20 Tenor Saxophones (14)
70 Trumpets (52)
50 Trombones (32)
22 Sousaphones (15)
Drumline, Dancers, and Colorguard
When you fill out a BMB application your name is placed on an audition list. Your information is then forwarded to our captains and instructors so you can receive information regarding the audition process. Auditions generally take place on the second Saturday of May. Please join your section’s corresponding Facebook group for more specific audition instructions and discussion.
A critical component of Blugold Marching Band membership is your ability to commit to the entire performance schedule. Absence from a performance is not allowed except under extreme circumstances and by advance consent of the director. Please look at our performance calendar here before applying.
Music Education Majors: Marching band is a required course in your degree program. You must, however, submit this application to request a spot. You will not have a spot if your section is already full when you apply.