Boston University Marching Band

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The BU Marching Band performs in exhibition around New England and the Northeast as the featured performing ensemble at high school marching band shows as well as at a variety of events on campus. With a staff that is highly-experienced in drum corps, color guard, and marching band, and without having to support a football team, the BU Marching Band is free to push the envelope of artistry and innovation in the collegiate marching band activity.

Season Highlights

  • Attend Band Camp at beautiful Tanglewood in Lenox, MA
  • Start the year with 100 new friends, including some in your major!
  • Perform at cool events around campus
  • Perform as the featured college ensemble in exhibition at high school band shows around New England and the Northeast
  • Take part in Fall Tour and the Collegiate Marching Band Festival in Allentown, PA

Instrumentation

Winds

  • Flute/Piccolo
  • Tenor Sax
  • Trombone
  • Clarinet
  • Trumpet
  • Baritone
  • Alto Sax
  • Mellophone
  • Tuba

Percussion/Auxiliary

  • Marimba
  • Marching Snare
  • Auxiliary Percussion
  • Vibraphone
  • Marching Tenors (Quads)
  • Electric Guitar
  • Xylophone
  • Marching Bass
  • Electric Bass Guitar
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marching Cymbals
  • Piano/Synthesizer

Rehearsals

  • Rehearsals are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6:30-9:00 PM.
  • There is only one weekend commitment per weekend. If we have a show on Saturday, there is nothing on Sunday (and vice versa) – this is so our students can work, study, or sleep).
  • The BU Band Room is located at 300 Babcock St., at the corner of Ashford St. in West Campus (entrance is 100-feet down the Ashford St. side of the building).

Frequently Asked Questions

Never marched before? We’ll teach you.

Worried about the time commitment? We craft our rehearsal & performance calendar with the BU student’s academic schedule in mind. Every year, the students in our band easily balance academic work and band as part of their schedule. In fact, many students say they usually earn higher grades during Marching Band season.

Not a music major? Neither is 98% of the Band.

The BU Marching Band has come a long way from the 30 piece, all-male ROTC band that was created in 1920.  It is in high demand around campus, and its members hail from every undergraduate college and school within the University. The BU Marching Band is a great way to meet people, make friends, and have a high-quality and enjoyable musical experience. If you contact us, we’ll connect you with a band member in your major to help show you the ropes.

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