Athletic Bands

Athletic Bands consist of the Marching BandPep BandSpring Drumline, Winter Guard, and Scarlet Band.

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There are over 200 members on the rosters for all BU Bands ensembles combined, representing every undergraduate school and college on Boston University’s campus. Every ensemble provides fun and exciting ways for non-music majors and music majors alike to have a great band experience while pursuing degrees in their disciplines.

The ensembles within BU Bands perform for over 200,000 people at over 150 events combined each year. In addition to performances on campus, the bands travel often for shows, competitions, and tournaments.

Academics are the top priority for every member of the BU Bands program. All of the ensembles were created with a student’s schedule and vigorous academic commitments in mind. It is easy to achieve at a high academic level while participating in any of the BU Bands ensembles, and most of our members excel academically even during the busiest band seasons.

Please visit the ensembles’ webpages for more information and feel free to contact us by emailing bands@bu.edu if you have any questions about the program.


Marching Band

Director: Aaron Goldberg
Boston University Marching Band Percussion section
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 for entry to the BU Marching Band. For more information please visit www.bu.edu/bands.


Pep Band

Director: Aaron Goldberg
Boston University 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 for entry to the BU Pep Band. For more information please visit www.bu.edu/bands.


Scarlet Band

Director: Sharif Mamoun
Boston University 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. For more information please visit www.bu.edu/bands.


Spring Drumline

Director: Sharif Mamoun
Boston University Marching Perucssion Ensemble
BU Spring Drumline 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 are no auditions for entry to the BU Spring Drumline. For more information please visit www.bu.edu/bands.