CSU Athletic Bands
CSU Marching Band (CSUMB)
The Colorado State University Marching Band is the largest and most visible student organization at CSU. Housed within the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, the group maintains an annual enrollment of approximately 250 members representing every college on the CSU campus. The band, of which 85% are non-music majors, performs annually for over a million spectators including performances at all home football games, the Denver/9News Parade of Lights, the Colorado Bandmasters Association Regional/State Festivals, Denver Bronco games, and NCAA football bowl games throughout the United States. In 2013, the CSU Marching Band (CSUMB) performed at the St. Patrick’s Festival and Parade in Dublin, Ireland.
Consisting of sections of brass, woodwinds, percussion, color guard, and the Golden Poms dance team; the CSUMB strives for musical excellence coupled with an exciting and innovative visual presentation. In addition, the group serves as a spirit leader and musical ambassador for the CSU athletic community. Membership is open to all students regardless of academic major by audition. A required pre-season camp is held in August of each year. Percussionist (marching battery), color guard, and Golden Poms auditions for the ensemble take place during early late fall/summer of each academic year.
Each member selected for participation in the CSUMB (wind/percussion/color guard/Golden Poms) is eligible to receive a $500.00 scholarship during the fall semester. The scholarship is contingent upon registration (full-time university status) as well as enrollment in MU- 204 (marching band). Additional scholarships are available for continued service/participation (beyond 1st-year status).
Rehearses: M/W/F 4-6 p.m.
Director: Dr. T. André Feagin
Presidential Pep Band (PPB)
The CSU Presidential Pep Band (PPB) is a select group of up to 45 players who perform for select women’s volleyball games and other special university events through the president’s office during the fall semester. Membership is open to current members of the CSU marching band. Though the schedule is published in advance, there are occasional additional performances. Members are selected by audition during pre-season camp and each member receives an additional $500.00 scholarship for service/participation.
Director: Dr. T. André Feagin
The CSU Basketball Pep Band is an auditioned group of up to 58 players that support the men and women’s basketball teams and other special events during the late fall/spring semesters. Auditions take place in mid fall (late October) and are announced in advanced. The season schedule indicates which games are full band, otherwise the band is split into two smaller ensembles: Green Band and Gold Band. The basketball pep band consist of the following instrumentation: alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, mellophone, trombone, baritone, sousaphone, guitar, electric bass, and percussion (drum set). Currently, 29 members of the basketball pep band will be selected to travel annually to both the Mountain West Basketball Tournament and any NCAA post season tournament each year. Each member of the ensemble receives a scholarship for service/participation.
Rehearses: M 7- 8:30 p.m. (spring only)
Director: Dr. T. André Feagin
The season has come to a close for the Basketball Pep Band here in Las Vegas. Although the games did not end the way we wanted them to, we are still proud, still thankful, and still proud to be CSU Rams. Thank you to the outstanding students for their energy, spirit, and effort over the […]
- Thursday, August 8: Section Leader Training starts
- Friday, August 9: Drumline and Color Guard starts
- Saturday, August 10: All Other Members (returning and new) start
- Thursday, August 15, 2019, 9 a.m. — 8 p.m.: New Member Camp (required of all 1st year members of the CSU Marching Band)
- Friday, August 16, 2019, 9 a.m. — 8p.m.: New Member Camp (required of all 1st year members of the CSU Marching Band)
- Saturday, August 17 — Saturday, August 24, 2019, 8 a.m. — 9 p.m.: Preseason Camp (required of all members of the CSU Marching Band)
Marching Percussion and Colorguard only: All of the dorms will open on the Saturday before camp (Saturday, August 10, 2019) for early check-in beginning at 8 a.m. You will move directly into your assigned dorm room for the entire year. It is not temporary housing. You will have a normal rehearsal schedule for the rest of the day on Saturday, and this information will be posted under the "Schedules" tab on our site.
All Winds and Brass: All of the dorms will be open on the Saturday before camp for early check-in beginning at 8 a.m. You will move directly into your assigned dorm room for the entire year. It is not temporary housing. The detailed camp schedule will be posted under the "Schedules" tab on our site.
The cost for early check-in is $60 per day, and includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the campus cafeterias. Regular meal plans go into effect with the general move-in day, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. To ensure that you've been counted as a member needing early move-in, please look at your commitment form confirmation email that you received after submitting your registration. Make sure you clicked the box that said "I will live in the dorms on campus, and need to move in early".
Please note that early check in information is due by mid July (exact dates will be communicated) in order to avoid a $10 per day late fee. If you have any questions or to confirm your early check in, please contact Anthony Lederhos at Raymundo.Munoz@colostate.edu.
Any interested CSU student can audition to join the Marching Band. We march the following instruments: flute/piccolo, clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, mellophone, trombone, baritone, sousaphone, a full battery, color guard, and the renowned CSU Golden Poms dance team. To audition for a spot in the band, visit our audition information and registration page here.
The Marching Band rehearses Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 4-6 p.m. On game days, a rehearsal at the stadium 4.5 hours before game time is necessary, and lasts about an hour. Students then eat, change into uniforms, and begin the series of performances for fans in and around Hughes Stadium.
Other special performances are planned each year. Please refer to the performance schedule. Though the fall is a busy time for marching band members, studies regularly show that students actively engaged in campus activities are significantly less likely to drop out of college, and more likely to graduate in four years. We care about your academic success and try hard to make sure all of our students are succeeding.
Band camp, or preseason rehearsals as we call them, is our opportunity to learn not only our method of marching, our pregame show, and begin on our first halftime show, but it's a chance to learn about the history of the CSU Marching Band and its traditions. Even better, it’s a chance to meet new friends and people as you transition to college life. These rehearsals are mandatory. We coordinate with Ram Welcome to ensure that our new marchers have a chance to participate as fully as possible in both activities.
We practice 4.5 hours before the game on the field at Hughes Stadium. Equipment is loaded and taken to the stadium the night before or the morning of the game. After rehearsal we get into uniform and parade around the stadium on our way to Ram Walk, the traditional walk for the football team into the stadium. We parade back into the stadium for a meal, which is provided, and a break. After our meal, we’re back in uniform, parading around the stadium, letting the tailgaters know that it’s nearly time for PREGAME! We run from the tunnel onto Sonny Lubick Field, cheering, playing school songs, and getting the crowd excited for another Rams victory. Throughout the game, we perform in the stands, taking the field once again for our halftime show. After every Rams victory, we play a short post-game show, including our famous version of “Black Betty,” that we’ve renamed “CAM the RAM!” We end our gameday together by singing the CSU Alma Mater. That’s a typical, but anything-but-average game-day for a CSUMBand member!
M,W,F practices are held at the University Center for the Arts (UCA). Some student parking is available on the streets, and the UCA is close enough to easily walk or ride your bike from campus. Carpools are usually organized by each section for game day transportation to Hughes Stadium.
All band members receive one credit for being in the marching band by registering for MU 204. Color Guard, Golden Poms, and Drumline members can elect to receive an additional credit for their sectional time by registering for MU 496I.
We understand that even though we try to schedule our rehearsals in a way that avoids most courses, there are some unavoidable scheduling conflicts. For this reason, we allow all sophomores, juniors, and seniors with an unavoidable class conflict, to miss up to 30 minutes of rehearsal each week. Because most freshman-level courses have many scheduling options, and you are still learning all of the music and drill for the first time, we require that you reserve Monday, Wednesday, Friday, from 4-6 p.m., for MU 204.
This likely isn’t a problem! Students rent all large and specialty instruments, including drumline, mellophones, trombones, baritones, and sousaphones. We also have a limited supply of other instruments – just let us know when you fill out your audition registration form.
The CSU Marching Band is grateful to our many supporters. For more information on how you can make a gift to the CSU Marching Band, click here.