The BU Athletic Bands consist of the Marching Band, Pep Band, Winter Percussion Ensemble, and Scarlet Band.
There are over 200 members on the BU Bands’ rosters from more than 20 states and representing almost every college on BU’s campus. All of the groups provide fun and exciting ways for the non-music major to still have the band experience while pursuing degrees in other disciplines.
The bands perform for over 200,000 people at close to 100 events each year. In addition to performances on campus, the bands travel often for shows, competitions, and tournaments.
The Boston University Marching Band is a group of over 100 academically driven students with a passion for music, spirit, and community. The band provides the opportunity to continue making music and to be a part of an exciting, dynamic organization. Nearly every college within the university is represented each year. Performing in numerous exhibition shows all over New England, the Marching Band is open to anyone who wishes to participate.
A post-season component of the Marching Band, the Pep Band is an essential part of the Boston University athletic tradition and is the powerful driving force behind the spirit and fan rituals at all home men’s and women’s ice hockey and men’s and women’s basketball games. Numbering over 100 members, this band provides a high-energy way to stay involved in the athletic band program well into the second semester. The BU Pep Band performed for over 250,000 fans at home and on the road this year.
The Boston University Winter Percussion Ensemble is a competitive indoor percussion group that was formed in 2005. It is a unique performance opportunity for percussionists and non-percussionists alike to continue performing during the winter and spring months. The ensemble competes in the Winter Guard International (WGI) and New England Scholastic Band Association (NESBA) circuits in the Independent A Class. The 2010-11 Winter Percussion Ensemble placed 10th at the WGI World Championships in Dayton, OH, received the “Fan’s Favorite” award, and has been repeatedly named NESBA Champions.
All of the athletic bands are an extension of the Marching Band program and participation in the Marching Band is strongly encouraged for anyone interested in performing with any of the other groups.
Academics are the top priority for every member of the BU Band program. All of the ensembles were created with the non-music major’s schedule and vigorous academics commitments in mind. It is possible to succeed academically while participating in the BU Band program, and many of our members excel academically even during the busiest band seasons. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our program.
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