THE NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY WILDCAT MARCHING BAND
"The Pride of the North"
The course number for the Marching Band is MU114.
Contact Stephen Grugin, director of bands, at 906-227-1040 with questions.
Who are we? 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, as well as other venues. The band has many traditions both social and musical, including hosting area high schools for Band Day and the formation of script “Cats” on the field for Homecoming.
The Wildcat Band is a great ensemble to be a part of when you’re first getting to know NMU or renewing old friendships. Where else can you earn college credit for having such a great time?
What are we looking for? Anyone with band experience willing to put in a little work and have a lot of fun is welcome to audition. We’re looking for enthusiastic people who want to continue their musical experience at the collegiate level. Our band consists of the standard woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments—and our color guard, which utilizes flags and other special equipment to add dramatic effect to our performances.
**The NMU Wildcat Marching Band is open to all university students regardless of their major.
What about Band Camp? Band camp is held the week before classes start, beginning on Monday, August 21. You will be able to move into your own dorm room early to attend this required camp. Marching and playing auditions are held the first two days of camp and are required to become a band member. We’ll send additional information to you in late July so you can begin preparing the enclosed audition music. You’ll spend the week learning music and drill for the pregame show and at least one halftime show. You will also have a chance to make many new friends and become familiar with campus before classes start.
What does membership cost? We provide uniforms, music, and an instrument if you need one. The only items students are required to purchase are black marching shoes and a uniform t-shirt, which are available at a reasonable cost. The university pays for all travel expenses when the band performs on the road. Items such as band jackets are optional – you can buy one if you’d like.
What music does the band play? Our mixture of popular, classical and jazz music promises you new, exciting music every season. Many of the musical arrangements performed by The Pride are written especially for the band. Some past selections include:
Pirates of the Caribbean — Klaus Badelt/Hans Zimmer
Some Nights — Fun/Jeff Bhasker
Halo Theme – Martin O’Donnel/Michael Salvatori
Star Wars — John Williams
Centuries – Fall Out Boy
You Can Call Me Al – Paul Simon
Mission: Impossible — Lalo Schifrin
Malaguena — Ernesto Lecuona
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.
What are class requirements? All marching band members are required to sign up for Marching Band class. Most students will register for MU 114 and will earn .5 credit hours. If your class schedule is over 16 hours, however, you have the option of registering for MU 114A, which earns 0 credit hours and there-fore will not increase the amount you will pay for tuition.
Rehearsals are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4-5:30 p.m., and Thursdays from 6:30-9 p.m. Game days also include a Saturday morning rehearsal. The band also plays at the Fall Commencement, which is on the Saturday at the end of Finals Week.
*Rehearsal attendance is mandatory for all members. Minor class conflicts can usually be worked around; otherwise, band members may be excused from rehearsal for personal emergencies or illness only.
September 22 (Friday) — 5:30 p.m.
September 23 — 1:30 p.m.
October 7 — 1 p.m.
October 21 — 1 p.m.
November 11 — 1 p.m.
December 16 — 10:30 a.m.