Athletic Bands

The Athletic Bands perform regularly at BU sporting events, university functions, regional band festivals, and competitions. The Athletic Bands strive to communicate enthusiasm, energy, and pride through musical performance and entertainment.

Marching Band

The Boston University Marching Band is open to all students regardless of major, and it is also open to college students in the Greater Boston area who do not have a marching band at their institution. The ensemble performs each fall at college band shows, university and civic events, and regional high school band shows as a featured collegiate band in exhibition. The BU Marching Band was founded in 1920 and continues to be a source of pride and exciting performance opportunities for all members.

There are no auditions required for entry to the BU Marching Band.

Course Number: Fall Semester – CFA MU 091 A1, CFA MU 191 A1 (1-Credit)
Course Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:30pm – 9:00pm (weekends by arrangement)
Location: 300 Babcock St. Boston MA 02215

Pep Band

The BU Pep Band is the driving force of the game day experience at all home Hockey and Basketball games. With a song list of over 100 classic and current tunes, the Pep Band is a high-energy, powerful ensemble beloved by our teams and fans alike. The Pep Band is also an integral part of the “Dog Pound” student fan section. Since our teams are perennial contenders for post-season play, the ensemble has many opportunities for paid travel to conference and NCAA tournaments around the country. Come be a part of this vibrant, energetic ensemble!

There are no auditions required for entry to the BU Pep Band.

Course Number: Fall and Spring Semester – CFA MU 093 A1, CFA MU 193 A1 (1-Credit)
Course Time: By Arrangement
Location: 300 Babcock St. Boston MA 02215

Spring Drum Line

BU Spring Drum Line focuses on the technical development of percussion playing in the marching percussion idiom through performance. Students learn a variety of technical and musical skills, play a diverse range of music, and perform at various events on and off campus. Past performance venues have included Boston Red Sox games, BU sporting events, Harvard Square, and Faneuil Hall.

The Spring Drum Line is a continuation of our Fall Drumline and serves as a way to give percussion students more performance opportunities throughout the academic year, all while preparing for the following fall semester.

The Spring Drum Line is open to members of the Fall Drum Line (in the BU Marching Band) and the entire BU community, as well as students from other colleges in the Greater Boston area.

The are no auditions required for entry to the BU Spring Drum Line.

Course Number: Spring Semester – CFA MU 091 A1, CFA 191 A1 (1-Credit)
Course Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm (weekends by arrangement)
Location: 300 Babcock St. Boston MA 02215

Winter Guard

The Boston University Winter Guard offers a quality indoor color guard experience to all who are interested, provides high-quality instruction for all levels of color guard performer (beginner through advanced), develops color guard technique (flag or weapon) in a supportive environment while building skills towards performance. Winter Guard rehearsals and performances start at the end of the Fall Semester and continue throughout the Spring Semester.

The Winter Guard is open to members of the BU Fall Color Guard (in the BU Marching Band) and the entire BU community, as well as students from other colleges in the Greater Boston area. The BU Winter Guard competes regionally.

The are no auditions required for entry to the Winter Guard.

Rehearsal Times: By Arrangement
Location: 300 Babcock St. Boston MA 02215

Scarlet Band

The Boston University Scarlet Band performs during June & July on the BU campus and around Boston. Scarlet Band serves as the “house band” for the University by performing at the New Student Orientation Sessions held throughout June & July, and it also represents the music-making opportunities available to incoming BU students.

Auditions are required for entry to the Scarlet Band.

Rehearsal Times: Summer Term – By Arrangement
Location: 300 Babcock St. Boston MA 02215

Athletic Bands Instrumentation

Flute/Piccolo
Clarinet
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Trumpet
Mellophone
Trombone
Baritone
Tuba
Marching Snare*
Marching Quads*
Marching Bass Drum*
Xylophone/Bells*
Vibraphone*
Marimba*
Electric/Bass Guitar
Synthesizer
Auxiliary Percussion
Drum Set
Flag/Rifle/Sabre

*Instruments used in Marching Band and Spring Drum Line Only