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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. You can send an email and we will get back to you.

If you would like to learn more about joining the Minnesota Marching Band and join us in 2021 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 college students or high school 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

The Marching Band season officially begins with Spat Camp, the ten-day training period that begins late August and ends on Labor Day weekend. When fall semester classes begin, the band meets Monday through Thursday from 4:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Additional rehearsals are held on Friday afternoons (4:15 p.m. – 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.




Drumline Auditions for 2020 is over.

Learn more about the University of Minnesota Drumline.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 


Color Guard

Color Guard Auditions for 2020 is over.

Learn more about the University of Minnesota Color Guard.

If you have any questions, please contact us at  


Woodwinds and Brass

Marching Band audition for Woodwind and Brass players have closed for Fall 2020. Please complete the Marching Band Interest form for next year.


Feature Twirler

We do not have any openings for the 2020 season.