Marching Band

Fall 2020 Season

A musical organization in its 126th year, the EMU Marching Band takes great pride in serving as an ambassador for Eastern Michigan University, our student-athletes, and our community. While our performing season will surely be different this year, we will look forward to sharing the excitement and pageantry of “The Pride of The Peninsula ” with you very soon. Stay tuned for more details. GO GREEN! 

The EMUMB is saddened but understanding of the decision to postpone all Mid-American Conference athletic competitions until the spring 2021, and will miss supporting our football team in-person at Rynearson Stadium this fall. Our 2020 performance schedule will be amended and updated when possible.  

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.
    • Rehearsals are 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 post-season bowl games. We also perform at select exhibitions.

    Due to the postponement of all EMU Football Games, and the uncertain nature of the fall semester at EMU during the Covid-19 pandemic, no events or performances are currently scheduled.

  • 2020 Audition Information

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    • Auditions for Fall 2020 are now closed. Information for joining the marching band in Fall 2021 will be posted here by January 2021.
    • EMUMB Color Guard and Twirler auditions will take place in the spring. Contact Ms. Chelsea Lee, instructor, for more information.
    • Drumline auditions are held in the spring. Contact drumline instructor, Jason Ihnat, for more information regarding training practices and more information regarding auditions.
  • Band Day at the Factory - Sept. 19 CANCELED

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    Due to the uncertain nature of the fall semester during the Covid-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 High School Band Day, originally scheduled for September 19.  The health and safety of all visitors and the Eastern Michigan University Marching Band students and staff is of paramount importance, as is the need to be timely in our communication to potential participants and their band programs. We look forward to hosting you and your students at this event in 2021.

  • Family Picnic - Sept. 12 CANCELED

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    Due to the uncertain nature of the fall semester at EMU during the Covid-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult but prudent decision to cancel Family Picnic, originally scheduled for September 12. Although we will miss gathering with our extended band family for this annual tradition, we would not be able to do so and assure the health and safety of every one involved.  

  • Alumni Band | Homecoming October 3 - CANCELED

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    Due to the uncertain nature of the fall semester at EMU during the Covid-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult but prudent decision to cancel Alumni Band, originally scheduled for October 3. Although we will miss gathering with our extended band family for this annual tradition, we would not be able to do so and assure the health and safety of every one involved.  

  • Basketball Pep-Band info

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    The Basketball Pep-Band 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 of both music and non-music majors, members are selected by audition. Students may elect to receive course credit or per diem for each performance.

    Auditions for the 2020-2021 Basketball Pep Band will be due no later than November 16, 2020. Audition materials and information will be posted by October 1, 2020

    For more information, contact the director, Dr. J. Nick Smith

EMU Marching Band Staff

  • Dr. Mary K. Schneider, director of bands
  • Dr. J. Nick Smith, assoc. director of bands, director of athletic bands
  • Professor John Dorsey, professor of percussion
  • Professor Jason Ihnat, drumline instructor
  • Ms. Chelsea Lee, color guard instructor
  • Ms. Suzanne Kessler, administrative & events assistant
  • Samuel Sidorowicz, bands assistant
  • Heidi Daugherty, 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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