Year after year, audiences in the Superior Dome have been thrilled by the exciting musical sounds and intricate marching formations of the Wildcat Marching Band. We take great pride in performing a different halftime show at each home football game.
The Wildcat Marching Band is a great ensemble to be a part of when you are first getting to know NMU or renewing old friendships. Where else can you earn a college credit for having fun?
The NMU Wildcat Marching Band is open to all university students regardless of their major. Rehearsals are 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday. Rehearsal also takes place on game days for the NMU football team.
There is a mandatory marching band camp which takes place the week prior to the start of classes. A marching and playing audition is held the first day of camp and is required to become a band member. The rest of the week is spent learning the music and drill for the pre-game show and the first halftime show. An additional perk of being at band camp is that band members are able to check into their dorms earlier than the rest of the student population, giving them a head start on becoming familiar with campus and making new friends.
A typical marching season includes five home football games and selected campus activities. We want to emphasize however, that marching band at the university level generally takes less time than in high school. Our activities are carefully planned so the total time involved is not a strain on most students' academic schedules.
The NMU Marching Band looks for musicians for woodwind, percussion and brass sections, as well as individuals interested in participating in the color guard.
Contact Stephen Grugin, director of bands, at 906-227-1040 with questions.
Fall 2014 Performance Schedule
September 6 - 7 p.m.
Fan Appreciation Day
September 26 (Friday) - 5:30 p.m.
September 27 (Friday) - 7 p.m.
October 18 - 1 p.m.
Band Day/Family Weekend
November 1 - 1 p.m.
Veterans' Recognition Day
November 15 - 1 p.m.
December 13 - 10:30 a.m.