We'd love to have you as a member the Wildcat Marching Band!
Come be a part of one of the largest and most visible student organizations at the University of Kentucky! Entertaining thousands of fans with their spirited, high-energy performances, the Wildcat Marching Band enjoys a national reputation as one of the finest collegiate marching bands in the country. Their repertoire runs the gamut from cool jazz to contemporary pop hits, classic favorites and music from the Broadway stage. Recently, members of the WMB have enjoyed international exposure as one of the featured ensembles at the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Ryder Cup. Any UK student is eligible to participate, regardless of major.
Band rehearsals are scheduled on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 5 to 7 pm. Rehearsals on game days begin five hours before kickoff and last about an hour. Game day rehearsals are held on the Tim Couch fields at the Nutter Athletic Complex. These rehearsals provide an enjoyable change of pace with minimal time involvement for the busy college student. No "extra" rehearsals are scheduled. Marching Band (MUC 190) earns one college credit per semester. This credit may be used as an elective in any degree program.
Early Week (August 17-23, and August 26-27, 2013)
"Early Week" (UK's band camp) is held a week before classes begin and includes extensive training in marching and playing at the college level. In addition to regular rehearsals, there are lots of social activities planned throughout the week to give students a chance to relax and meet their new friends! Those students who have been assigned a dorm room can move into their room during this period at no charge. The band provides all meals. The band's early arrival on campus provides each individual an opportunity to get settled in the dorms, buy books, make new friends, and adjust to a new environment and a new independence before classes begin.
Auditions for woodwinds and brass may be scheduled any time during the year. The audition may be done during a campus visit, during Merit Weekend, your Summer Advising Conference, or any other time by appointment. The audition material will include:
- a chromatic scale demonstrating your practical range
- a short exercise/excerpt of your choice demonstrating your technical and musical ability
- a short sight reading excerpt
For more specific information about the audition process, please visit our auditions page.
The drum line is selected by audition during the first rehearsals of early week. Appropriate numbers of snares, tenors, bass drums, and cymbals are selected for a total of approximately 25-30 members. You may contact Mark Casey, Percussion Coordinator, for more information.
Guard and Majorette Auditions
The Color Guard and Sweetheart Majorettes are selected during special auditions in the spring. Anyone interested in the auditions should phone the Band Office at (859) 257-2263 or send an email to have their names included on these specialized mailing lists. More information about the Color Guard and Sweetheart Majorettes can be found on their respective pages.
The band provides a pep band for every away game in the Southeastern Conference and travels with the full band to one away game each year. The Wildcat Marching Band has recently traveled to Georgia, Indiana, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Tennessee, LSU, Tulane, Auburn, Alabama, and Florida and has participated in five bowl games, a BOA Regional Championship, a Presidential Inauguration, a World Series and professional football games. Most recently, the band was invited to perform as one of the featured ensembles in the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Ryder Cup international golf matches. Travel expenses such as lodging, transportation, and meals are provided by the University of Kentucky - there is NO COST to the band members.
Members of the Wildcat Marching Band have been selected as members of the Olympic Band, the Liberty All-Collegiate Band, the Disney World All-Star Band, the Collegiate Presidential Inaugural Band, and the Rose Bowl United Way Collegiate Band. In addition, many former members of the WMB are teaching marching bands throughout the Commonwealth and across the country, as well as playing professionally with bands such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
The University of Kentucky provides the financial support for the band. There is generally no expense for being in the band except for the purchase of minimal required attire (Between $100-$150) & uniform shoes (approximately $35). Band members do NO FUNDRAISING.
Drum Majors and Student Leadership Staff
Drum Majors and Student Leadership staff are selected each spring from the ranks of the Wildcat Marching Band. Selection is based on experience, rehearsal discipline, conducting ability, personality, and leadership potential. Freshmen and new members of the marching band are eligible to try out for these positions after completing one year in the WMB.
Other information of interest
Each year the band awards the "Honor Band Society" award to those students who have contributed to an extraordinary degree their time and energy to the success of the band. These awards are presented at the annual band banquet.
The honorary band sorority, Tau Beta Sigma, and band fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi, are very active throughout the year providing special service to the band and supporting its needs.
Do you have other questions about the Wildcat Marching Band?
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