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.

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Give to the Wildcat Marching Band

Give to the Wildcat Marching Band

Donations go toward the general operating expenses of the band, including travel, instruments, uniforms, and other equipment. We appreciate your support!

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Every year, our budget is stretched to its limit paying for travel expenses, band camp housing and meals, staff salaries, equipment, copyright fees, field lining, photocopies, repairs, and more. Because of this, we have no budget to replace instruments or to implement new technology. The band is also in a growth period, which means increased costs against a static budget.

We are beginning a campaign to raise funds to supplement our travel budget, to replace equipment that has reached the end of its useful life, and to expand the electronic front ensemble.


Travel is one of our biggest expenses. Each year, we travel to one away football game and stay overnight. We also typically perform at two to three band shows in exhibition and often one parade off-campus. The recent growth of the band means a likely move from two buses to three, as well as more hotel rooms. We also rent a vehicle to pull the equipment trailer and pay for the gas.

We would like to be able to maintain our amount of travel and possibly increase to include small group trips to recruit or give clinics at schools.



Brass and Woodwinds

We have an excellent relationship with Yamaha and plan to replace all our marching brass with Yamaha instruments. After much experience and research, we have found the Yamaha horns to have a much better sound and playability in addition to being more durable than our current stock. We would also like to purchase additional tenor and baritone saxophones to avoid the need to share these instruments between two or sometimes three students in the marching, pep, and concert bands. Our reach goal is to be able to provide silver Yamaha trumpets and trombones to those players, so we have a consistent look and sound across the entire brass section. If we dare dream to be able to outfit the entire woodwind and brass with matching instruments, that would be the ultimate goal.



The battery percussion was replaced in 2007 and will be approaching its replacement date in the coming years. We were lucky enough to be awarded a grant from the UNH Parents' Association to purchase the current line. Unfortunately, the organization no longer awards grants of this size or nature, and other grant opportunities are limited.

In 2014, we resurrected the front ensemble utilizing electronic instruments. Utilizing some equipment we already owned along with many borrowed or donated and some small purchases, we were able to get the front ensemble up and running for the past two seasons. We have found success with this model and hope to build upon it. The borrowed items should be replaced with our own and we would like to expand the instrumentation to include electronic mallet instruments to allow percussion majors additional options to participate in the band. Storage constraints prevent us from being able to field a full traditional front ensemble. Additional electronic equipment will expand the possibilities and innovations we can bring to our performances.



Other possible future purchases include new uniforms, colorguard costumes, repair or replacement of raincoats, purchase of additional colorguard equipment, repair of equipment, purchase of additional music and/or licenses, production of promotional and recruiting materials, and more.

We appreciate your support!

Band Camp Information


Dates: August 23 or 25 – August 30, 2015
Dorm Check-In:
WMB Council, Drumline, Colorguard: August 23, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at your dorm.
Winds: August 25, 8:00 – 10:00 AM at your dorm.
If you are living on campus, you MUST check-in at this time.  Try to get in as early as possible.
Band Camp Registration: August 25, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the PCAC

A tentative schedule is included at the end.  A more accurate and detailed schedule will be available in August once we get our assigned field times.  This is ba sed on last year’s schedule.  A detailed schedule for August 23rd through 24th will also be available closer to those dates.

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2015 Wildcat Marching Band Important Info

Band Camp

  • Sunday, August 23rd: Drumline, Colorguard, and WMB Council arrive
  • Tuesday, August 25th: Winds arrive
  • Band camp is required for all WMB members as we learn a very high percentage of material during this time
  • A detailed daily schedule will be available later this summer
  • We work around “Wildcat Days” events for first-year students
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  • 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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  • Marching Health
    marching health

    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!

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