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Join the Band

Tradition is an important part of Big Ten universities. The Pride of Minnesota has been bringing spirit, color, and music to campus for over 125 years. We would love for you to become a part of the band's life and experience the pageantry, excitement, and dedication to excellence for yourself. 

Never marched before? We'll teach you!

Not a music major? Neither are 95% of our members.

Worried about the time commitment? With nearly every major represented in our current band, let us know your area of interest. We will have a student contact you and let you know how it works with your upcoming course of study.

Prospective Members

Prospective members are invited to contact us for more information about the program. Members of the band staff, including the directors, graduate assistants, and current members, will be happy to answer your questions by phone or in person. Students who plan on visiting the Twin Cities campus and who would like to meet with a member of the Marching Band staff member or student should schedule an appointment.

If you would like to learn more about joining the Minnesota Marching Band and join us in 2020 and beyond, please complete the Marching Band Interest form.

Not a U of M student?

You do not have to be a U of M student to participate. Part-time students or students attending other metro-area schools can take Marching Band as an extension course by contacting:

College of Continuing and Professional Studies
20 Ruttan Hall
1994 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
612-624-4000 or 1-800-234-6564

High school students who wish to join the Minnesota Marching Band through post-secondary option (PSEO) programs should contact their high school counselor for further information.

Time Commitment

Marching band season officially begins with Spat Camp, the ten-day training period that starts in late August and ends on Labor Day weekend. When fall semester classes begin, the band meets Monday through Thursday from 4:156:00 p.m. Additional rehearsals are held on Friday afternoons (4:15–6:00 p.m.) and Saturday mornings before all home football games. The rehearsals avoid conflicts with most classes and allow residence hall students ample time to attend evening meals.

Spat Camp

Spat Camp, the intensive, in-residence preparation camp where students learn music and marching fundamentals, marks the official start of marching band season. Students reside in one of the East Bank residence halls during Spat Camp. A nominal fee covers the cost of housing, meals, and social activities during camp. Please email us at if you need registration materials or have questions.

Registration and Freshman Orientation

New students must attend University orientation before Spat Camp begins. Students who are assigned orientation dates during the Spat Camp period should contact their college representative and ask to have their orientation rescheduled. Students accepted into the Marching Band will be notified when they can register for MUS 3480, which carries two academic credits. Part-time students can register through the College of Continuing and Professional Studies. Please call 612-624-4000 for more information.



Auditions will take place on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus. Everyone who wants to audition must be present at 9:00 AM for a brief informational meeting and to sign up for an audition time. If you are unable to join us on August 15 but are interested in being on the drumline, please contact us at as soon as possible to make alternative audition plans. There will be an optional "Audition Rehearsal" at TCF Bank Stadium on Friday, August 14, 2020 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Find additional information and audition music

If you have any questions, please contact us at 

Woodwinds and Brass

The audition consists of:

  1. Chromatic scale ascending and descending that showcases your playable range
  2. Your favorite major scale, 2 octaves ascending and descending
  3. A part (1st, 2nd, or 3rd – you select) from "The Minnesota Rouser"
  4. A part (1st, 2nd, or 3rd – you select) from "Minnesota March" (Note: mellophone players audition on "Go Gopher Victory" instead of “Minnesota March”)
  5. A personal statement answering the following question: “Why do you want to be a member of the Pride of Minnesota?” The personal statement can be written (max one page) or video-recorded (max two minutes)
  6. Optional: you may also include another selection that helps display your talents (i.e. a prepared piece from solo and ensemble contests)

One bit of advice: don't point directly at your microphone. This distorts the sound on your recording unless you have a good external microphone.

Videos can be submitted on DVD, emailed to as an attachment (.mov, .wmv, .m4v), posted on a personal YouTube site, or shared via Google Drive. If using Google Drive, please be sure to check your sharing settings so anyone with the link can view the video. Written statements can be emailed to

The full audition for woodwind and brass players is DUE BY JUNE 30.

Audition Music

Color Guard

Auditions are in two parts. The first part is a video submission which is due with your Spat Camp application information. This video can be on DVD, emailed to as an attachment (.mov, .wmv, .m4v), or posted on a personal YouTube site. Please visit the audition page to view the audition requirements and additional ways to prepare for the audition process.

The second part of the audition is an in-person Color Guard Camp from August 6-8, 2020, which includes learning the audition materials as well as routines for the season. If you are unable to join us for those dates, please contact us at as soon as possible to make alternative audition plans. Students who submit their video submission will be invited to participate in additional (optional) rehearsals prior to the Color Guard Camp. Please visit the audition page to view the audition requirements

Feature Twirler

We do not have any openings for the 2020 season.

Special Events

Homecoming weekend festivities include a bonfire, coronation, and pepfest on Friday, and rehearsal, parade, and game on Saturday. The Annual Indoor Concerts at Northrop Memorial Auditorium offer Marching Band fans the opportunity to enjoy the band's lively and spirited performances up close. Each year the band also performs at least one special concert off campus. Various events such as Band Parent Day and the annual Marching Band Banquet bring marching band members together.