Wildcat Marching Band
The University of New Hampshire Wildcat Marching Band, or "WMB," has a tradition of being one of the most spirited organizations on campus. Made up of students from the entire campus, with majors ranging from music education and performance to mechanical engineering and equine science, the WMB performs at all home football games and several other regional exhibitions and parades. Membership in the WMB is open to ALL students regardless of experience level. In fact, a majority of the band members are non-music majors and the band's GPA is consistently above the university average.
The season begins one week before classes start with band camp. After band camp, the band rehearses every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 to 8 PM. The WMB also meets Saturday mornings when there are home games to refine the show and go over the details for the day.
After rehearsals and games, many band members hang out and do social things together. Friendships are formed that last for life.
Wildcat Marching Band Alumni
If you are a former member of the Wildcat Marching Band, we encourage you to stay in touch with us! Alumni are invited to play in the Alumni Band at the Homecoming football game each year. The 95th Anniversary brunch was held in 2014, and we're looking forward to the 100th Anniversary celebration in 2019!
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Health of the marching musician has been a rapidly-growing subject of interest. From fitness to nutrition to proper footwear, find out how to have a healthy and comfortable season. None of this is meant to frighten you. Just the opposite! We want you to come in prepared. Every year we have several members who have never marched before and we can always get them up to speed. Whether this is your first year marching or your eighth, getting in shape ahead of time, eating well, staying hydrated, protecting your hearing, and having proper footwear will help you be more comfortable and successful.
Your arms may get tired holding up that baritone or doing all those drop spins. Develop those arm muscles now so you can shorten the period of adjustment. Do some cardio now so you won't be as out-of-breath at the end of that first run-through of the show. Get used to eating well now so you don't go overboard on the fro-yo and cookies when you get to the dining hall and regret it when you get out on the field in the sun!
- Wildcat Marching Band Alumni
Beast of the East Band
The UNH Beast of the East Pep Band is a very visible spirit ensemble that performs at men's and women's hockey and basketball games during the winter sports season. Performances begin in October and run through April, including playoff games. Generally, the Beast of the East Band as a whole is divided into three smaller bands, and each band is assigned to play an equal number of games. The pep band has traveled all over the Northeast and as far away as Minnesota and California for playoff games.
The Beast of the East Pep Band is a course, for which members earn 0 or 1 credit per semester. Rehearsals begin on a limited basis during marching band season in the fall, and on a weekly basis when the marching band season ends. When classes begin in January, the band resumes regular weekly rehearsals. These are generally on Monday evenings from 6:10 to 8:00 PM.
UNH Winter Guard
UNH Winter Guard
The UNH Winter Guard, instructed by Katie McManus, rehearses on Sundays and Wednesdays in the Field House or New Hampshire Hall during the spring semester and performs in several holiday parades in November and December to raise funds. Started as a way for members of the colorguard section of the Wildcat Marching Band to hone their skills in the off-season, the UNH Winter Guard has evolved into an auditioned performing ensemble and recognized student organization and began competing in the Independent A class in 2016, making finals in their first WGI regional.
The intent of this organization is to be fluent in current trends, design and technique in the competitive realm of winter guard, and to positively represent the University of New Hampshire. The objective of this group is to strive for excellence, to gain dance and guard skills, and to promote community among its members.
- 2016: Shake!
- 2015: Freak Show
- 2014: Beautiful Nightmare
- 2013: Adele's Rumor Has It
- 2012: Land of Make Believe
For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Wildcat Link page.