The Thundering Herd Marching Band performs at all home football games and selected fall exhibitions and parades. Membership in the Thundering Herd is open to woodwind and brass player and percussionists from all majors. Auditions for new members occur in the Spring and can be scheduled by request with Dr. Parker. Marching Band scholarships are awarded based upon the quality of the audition.
The Thundering Herd begins each season with an intense marching band camp on campus prior to the start of the fall semester. During this time students review marching fundamentals, participate in sectionals led by members of the music faculty, participate in music rehearsals, as well as learn the pregame show and the first halftime show.
The typical weekly schedule during the semester includes rehearsals from 3:10-5:30 on Monday and Friday and a 7:00-9:00 pm stadium rehearsal on Tuesday. On game day, the Thundering Herd will also have a run-through rehearsal from 9:00-10:00 am. The Thundering Herd will play at all home games, averaging six home games per season. Sectionals are called as needed by each section leader and may include instruction from music faculty who specialize in the specific instrument.
The drum major for each fall is decided in the preceding Spring. Drum Major auditions are held in late April and will be decided by Dr. Parker with input from the band officers. For those interested in auditioning for drum major, please contact Dr. Parker for audition material. The music for the audition will be available approximately four weeks prior to the audition. The leaders of the Thundering Herd are elected by the band members and are responsible for organizing and preparing equipment for weekly rehearsals as well as planning devotionals, meals, movie nights and other activities for members.
Contact the band office. You will be sent audition music and information.
Prerequisite for membership: Proficiency playing your instrument and passing the required audition.