CSU Athletic Bands

Athletic Bands

CSU Marching Band/CSUMB (MU 204)

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 240 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).

Audition Required
Rehearses: M/W/F 4-6 p.m.
Director: Kevin Poelking

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.

Audition Required
Director: Kevin Poelking

Pep BandCSU Basketball Pep Band (BPP)

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.

Audition Required
Rehearses: M 7- 8:30 p.m. (spring only)
Director: Kevin Poelking

Videos and Photos



CSU Marching Band participates in the 2021 Virtual 9News Parade of Lights

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CSU Marching Band 2014 Parade of Lights performance

“The 9NEWS Parade of Lights…that’s always been something we look forward to at the end of the season. Having that sense of pride and that sense of purpose has been really nice for everybody.” — Preston Dunton, Drum Major “It means a lot to us to get to still be a part of the Parade […]


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Kevin Poelking

Instructor of Music; Interim Assistant Director of Bands; Interim Assistant Director of Athletic Bands


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