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EMU Marching Band Staff

  • Dr. Mary K. Schneider, Director of Bands
  • Dr. Derek Shapiro, Interim Assoc. Director of Bands, EMU Marching Band Director
  • Prof. John Dorsey, Professor of Percussion
  • Joanna Goldstein, Administrative Assistant
  • Jason Ihnat, Drumline Instructor
  • Bridget Bienkowski, Color Guard Instructor
  • Prof. Harry Bowen, Announcer
  • Rachel Buechel, Graduate Assistant 
  • Allison Demand, Band Assistant
  • Samantha Morgan, Uniforms and Athletic Bands Librarian
  • Megan Satawa, Equipment Staff
  • Lazaro Amador, Equipment Staff

Contact Us

EMU Bands

N101 Alexander Building
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Phone: 734.487.1430

Fax: 734.487.4975

Email: emu.bands@emich.edu

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Marching Band

EMU Marching Band

Dr. Derek Shapiro, director

The EMU Marching Band has a long tradition of musical and entertainment excellence. Comprised of nearly 200 students, the EMU Marching Band represents nearly every major on campus. The band has a rich 124-year history of serving EMU at athletic functions, parades, and events. The Marching Band performs for all home football games; participates in Homecoming, Band 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.

General Information

Practice Schedule

  • Mon., Wed., Fri., 4:05–6:05 p.m. and mornings prior to games or events.

Performance Schedule

  • All home football games, away trips, parades, potential bowl appearances
  • BANDORAMA concert
  • Area Exhibition Performances


  • Enroll for 1 credit: University Band 149
  • Participation fee $75

2019 Audition Information!

  • All incoming students will audition at Pre-Camp held on Saturday, August 3, 2019. This audition is for part placement and consists of playing your full range chromatic scale, the Eagle's Fight Song, and sight-reading.
  • EMU Drumline auditions will be held Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. and Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Alexander Music Building. Click here for the EMU Drumline audition packet. To help you prepare, please consider joining us for one of our free Marching Percussion Techniques classes this spring.
  • EMU Color Guard auditions will take place August 4–5. Details coming soon!

Join Marching Band

Fill out our student interest form via the link above with your current contact information and instrument(s) of choice (i.e. trumpet/color guard/twirler). We will reply with information about Pre-Camp, Band Camp, place you on the prospective membership list for the fall, and mail you our summer information packet (around June 1st). Do not miss out on your opportunity to become a member of the EMU Marching Band so please sign up today! 

734.487.1430 | emu.bands@emich.edu  

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