Marching Band

Join the EMU Marching Band this fall!

General Information

  • About

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    The EMU Marching Band has a long tradition of musical and entertainment excellence, and its members pride themselves on serving as ambassadors for Eastern Michigan University. Last season, the band was honored to perform at Ford Field for the Detroit Lions halftime show.  Comprised of 175 students, the EMU Marching Band represents nearly every major on campus. "The Pride of the Peninsula" marching band has a rich 126-year history of serving EMU at athletic functions, parades, and events. The Marching Band performs for all home football games; participates in Homecoming, Band Day/Night, and Family Day activities; performs exhibitions at area and national marching band festivals and competitions; and travels to one or two away games each year. Membership is open to any student in the university by audition and field try-out at the annual pre-season Band Camp, held in August prior to the Fall Semester. 

  • Course Information

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    • Enroll for the EMUMB (MUEN149L1) with the CRN 13303 for one credit.
    • The EMUMB rehearses Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 4:05–6:05 p.m. and Saturdays prior to games or events.
    • The band provides the following instruments for its members: piccolo, tenor saxophone, mellophone, baritone, sousaphone, flag, and drumline (snare, quads, bass drum, cymbal)
    • There is a $75 course participation fee.
  • 2020 Schedule

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    The band performs at all home football games, special campus events like the homecoming pep rally and Bandorama and potential bowl appearances. We also perform at select exhibitions.

    Pre-Camp (digital): August 1  |  Leadership Retreat: August 16-18 |  

    Band Camp (incoming members): August 19-29 | Band Camp (vets): August 22-29

    • Saturday, September 12: EMU vs. Coastal Carolina (Family Picnic), TBA
    • Saturday, September 19: EMU vs. Northern Illinois (HS Band Day)
    • Saturday, September 26: March-A-Thon, Ypsilanti Community, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
    • Wednesday, September 30: Chelsea High School Exhibition, evening
    • Friday, October 2: Homecoming Pep Rally
    • Saturday, October 3: EMU vs. CMU (Homecoming/Alumni Band)
    • Saturday, October 24: EMU vs. Toledo 
    • Saturday, October 31: EMU at WMU (tentative)
    • Saturday, November 14: Bandorama concert at Pease Auditorium7 p.m.
    • Friday, November 21: EMU vs. BGSU (Senior Day)
  • 2020 Audition Information

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    • All incoming students will audition at Pre-Camp held on Saturday, August 1, 2020. This audition is for part placement and consists of playing your full range chromatic scale, the Eagle's Fight Song, and sight-reading. You can still be in Marching Band even if you cannot attend Pre-Camp! Just let us know, and you can audition for part placement on the first day of Band Camp later in August.
    • EMU Color Guard auditions will take place August 1 at pre-camp.
    • Drumline auditions are held in the spring. Interested students should attend training practices prior to auditions. Contact drumline instructor, Jason Ihnat for more information.
  • Band Day at the Factory - September 19

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    We invite high school marching bands to join us on Saturday, September 19 at our home game against Northern Illinois University! Arrive to Rynearson. Game time: TBA. More information available with registration or by contacting the band office.


  • Family Picnic Sept. 12

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    We welcome friends and family of the EMUMB to enjoy a lunch catered outside the stadium by Haabs Restaurant followed by our first home football game of the year vs. Coastal Carolina University on Saturday, September 12.

    Kick off is set for 3 p.m. and discounted General Admission game tickets are available through the EMU Bands for $10 each. Buffet lunch tickets are $15 per adult and $10 per child (12 and under). EMU Marching Band members' meals are provided and do not need to be purchased. Parking available in the Stadium Parking Lot located on the West side of Rynearson Stadium.

    9–11 a.m.: EMU Marching Band - open rehearsal (please use Gate 5 at the northwest corner of the stadium)
    11 a.m.–1 p.m.: General check-in and ticket pick up. 
    1–2 p.m.: Picnic lunch on the Northwest lawn of Rynearson Stadium
    2:40 p.m.: Pre-Game Performance
    3 p.m.: Kickoff - Go Green!

    Buy meal and game tickets

  • Alumni Band | Homecoming October 3

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    We can't wait to see you again! Come back to campus on October 3. Re-connect with friends and re-live the gameday experience. We will gather for coffee and donuts social time starting at 8:30 a.m. on the track. Alumni Band will join the EMUMB on the field for rehearsal from 9:15-10 a.m. Then experience the band spirit at "Eagle Walk" at 11:45 a.m. when the team arrives at the stadium entrance. Our pre-game performance will occur at 1:45 p.m., prior to the 2:05 p.m. kickoff! Go Green!



  • Basketball Band

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    This organization provides spirited musical entertainment at regular home games and post-season tournament play, including the Mid-American Conference and NCAA Tournaments, in support of the EMU men’s and women’s basketball teams. Consisting both music and non-music majors, members are selected by audition near the end of the fall semester each year.

EMU Marching Band Staff

  • Dr. Mary K. Schneider, director of bands
  • Dr. J. Nick Smith, assoc. director of bands, EMU marching band director
  • Professor John Dorsey, professor of percussion
  • Jason Ihnat, drumline instructor
  • Chelsea Lee, color guard instructor
  • Suzanne Kessler, administrative & events assistant
  • Lauren Cerka, uniforms and athletic bands librarian
  • David Rega, equipment staff
  • Rimas Stapusaitis, equipment staff

Contact Us

EMU Bands

N101 Alexander Building
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

734.487.1430 | [email protected]

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