We have a place for you!

The University of New Hampshire bands are open to all UNH students, regardless of major. Some groups require an audition in order to participate. Read on for more information.

Wildcat Marching Band and Beast of the East Pep Band

If you are going to be attending UNH this coming Fall and wish to be a member of the Wildcat Marching Band, then visit our forms page to fill out the participation form starting in June. You can register for Marching Band and Pep Band when you choose your courses this Summer, or add them during open registration. Many people participate in both athletic bands. Beast of the East Band rehearsals will be held during the same rehearsal time as Marching Band, so it won't add much to your schedule. New pep band members are welcome second semester. Are you on Facebook? Join this group for more information and to talk to current WMB members.

Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band

An audition is required for membership in the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band and used for seating purposes in the Concert Band. Auditions for these bands will be held during the first week of classes in September. Audition information is available below during the Summer. Second semester, new members are welcome to join the Concert Band starting on the first Tuesday of classes.

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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Join the Beast of the East Pep Band

The Beast of the East Pep Band is an integral part of the game atmosphere at all home men's hockey games at the University of New Hampshire. In addition, the band plays at several men's and women's basketball and women's hockey games as well. In the fall, the Beast of the East rehearses on Monday nights during the Wildcat Marching Band rehearsal slot. This allows students to be part of both ensembles without it adding much to their busy schedules. When it's a designated pep band rehearsal night, the full marching band doesn't rehearse. If a hockey game ever conflicts with marching band rehearsal, that rehearsal is canceled so students and staff can be at the game. In the spring, the band rehearses regularly on Monday nights until the hockey and basketball seasons are over. The first rehearsal of the 2015-2016 season will be on Monday, October 5th. New members may also join in January if they can't do it in the fall. Information about second semester will be available in December. However, it is best to participate in the full year if at all possible. Doing so also greatly increases travel likelihood. The band is usually split up so members play at only 1/3 to 1/2 of the games. With enough warning, it is possible to switch with someone or to get a substitute if you can't make an assigned game. This makes pep band the easiest ensemble we offer in terms of scheduling! Make sure you register for the course! MUSI 462 CRN 12142 Order shirts and supplies here Calendar Additional information You can also join our Facebook group to find out more.

Join the Pep Band

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2013-2014 Information

Do you want to be a part of one of the most spirited organizations on campus? Do you want to be a vital part of UNH sporting events? Become a member of the Beast of the East Pep Band!

You’ll be assigned to one of three bands: Blue, White, Silver

Each band is assigned to 1/3 of our games. You can get a sub from another band if you can't make an assigned game. Attending assigned games, volunteering at other games, and subbing for other bands earn you points toward post-season travel.

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Accepted Students

Acceptance letterCongratulations on your acceptance to UNH! We're looking forward to having you with us this fall and hope you'll join one or more of the bands. Our ensembles are not just for music majors. In fact, the Wildcat Marching Band, Beast of the East Band, and Concert Band are made up primarily of non-music majors. If you want to perform, we have a place for you.

Wondering what to do next?  Read on!

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Join a Band!

Find out how to join each of the UNH Bands by clicking "JOIN!" at the top of the page. The UNH Bands are open to all students, regardless of major. Some groups require an audition. You can find information about auditions on the "JOIN!" page. The deadline to sign up for the Wildcat Marching Band is Monday, July 23rd, so we can assure your housing will be available for Band Camp. The 2013 WMB Band Camp starts on Tuesday, August 20th (Sunday, August 18th for Colorguard, Drumline, and WMB Council members).