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.
Congratulations to the following students, who were selected as student leaders for the 2013 Wildcat Marching Band!
The Wildcat Marching Band is pleased to announce that UNH Band Day will return in 2013. Band directors, make plans now to bring your marching band!
Your students will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform with the University of New Hampshire Wildcat Marching Band, as well as many of their peers from around New England. They will feel the energy of a college game-day crowd and cheer the Wildcats on to victory against conference rival William and Mary! Your band will attend and participate in our morning rehearsal, learning music and drill to be performed at halftime. During the game, bands will take turns playing stands tunes to pump up the crowd. Bring all or part of your band to experience the fun and excitement!
On Sunday, August 26th, a great article about the University of New Hampshire Wildcat Marching Band appeared on the front page of Foster's Sunday Citizen. The online version also includes video from the first marching rehearsal and from uniform fittings. Check it out!
Read the article on fosters.com
Starting this season, the UNH Wildcat Marching Band drumline will hold placement auditions in July. Since this is a pilot program, we may have some bugs to work out, but it will be worth it to know what you'll be playing before you show up the first day! As it has been in the past, both veterans and new members are expected to audition.
Auditions will be held on Sunday, July 29th, starting at noon. Following auditions, we will also have a mini-clinic, to give everyone a chance to play together for the first time. This will last approximately an hour. This will all precede the annual "Open Band Room" for the full WMB. While the clinic and open band room are optional, we do hope you'll plan to stick around and make a day of your visit. It will also be a great chance to meet people.
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, and we are hoping to have special alumni events every few years.Click here so that we can keep you informed of upcoming events.
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