Marching Band

Miner Marching Band (Fall) (Marching Band, Music 1130 - Section 3A)

Open to all students, no audition (or prior marching experience) required
Tuesday – Thursday, 4:00 – 5:30pm

Extra rehearsals on Friday of football weekends
The Miner Marching Band will perform for all home football games. There are final show run-throughs the Friday before each football game performance (these typically run shorter than a regular rehearsal). Each halftime show is designed by an S&T MMB upperclassman. If you think that you won’t have time for marching band or think you have a class or lab conflict, talk to us - we will work with you.

All Musicians
Since range and tone quality will be important throughout the season, it will be to your advantage to arrive in good playing shape this fall, especially if you would like to play first part! Part assignments will be made by the MMB section leaders during band camp.

All woodwind players should stock-up on new reeds. Do not take this lightly! Bring good quality medium or hard reeds. All brass players should have a supply of valve/slide oil or an equivalent.

Marching Band Percussionists
The Miner Marching Band Drum Line consists of snares (matched grip), quads, tonal bass drums, cymbals, and pit players. All assignments will be made before the conclusion of band camp. Auditions (for part assignments only–not admission to the band) will be necessary only if there are more players for a particular instrument than spots available. Sticks and mallets will be provided for you, but you are encouraged to bring your own if you have them (Percussion audition material can be viewed by clicking here).

Marching Band Color Guard
A fine addition to the Miner Marching Band is the Color Guard. The only requirement is that members are interested and enthusiastic. In the past they have welcomed people with years of experience to none at all, so anyone is free to check it out. The Guard practices with the band during marching rehearsals and has an occasional separate practice once a week. They are constantly seeking members to bring forth their ideas and looking for members who are interested in working with a wide variety of equipment. The standard equipment they currently use are mostly six-foot flags and rifles. However, their members are up to anything you are wanting to bring. So bring your energy and feel free to express your style!

!!Early Residence Hall Move-In!!
All returning, non-freshmen band members are permitted to move into the residence halls early. Click here for the Residential Life homepage and then click the “Early Arrival Request” link on the right side of the page and fill out the form. NOTE: The Band program will cover the cost of your early move-in.

What to bring to Marching Band
Marching Band is physically demanding, so please bring clothing appropriate to the weather, especially a good pair of practice shoes. As you prepare for camp, remember the following:

1) BRING WATER - the humidity is almost dense enough to drink, but not quite.
2) Closed-toed shoes are required.
3) White reflects, black absorbs.
4) Sunscreen is your friend.
5) Lyres
6) Flip folders
7) Mouth pieces
8) Black socks for performances

Items provided by the Miner Marching
1) MMB t-shirt
2) Marching shoes
3) Gloves

We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones! See you soon!

Chem 1100, Trig Review and YOU
Chem 1100 (section E) and Trig Review participants should plan on attending as much of marching band camp as possible. The schedule has been arranged to minimize conflicts and give you ample time to eat, buy your books, socialize, etc. The procedure for late-arrival and early-departure will be explained at the first meeting on Sunday, August 14th at 7:00 p.m. If you have to take Chem 1100 during the fall semester and are unable take it during Opening Week, enroll in section B, which will have little to no conflict with marching band.

Marching Band Student Leadership

Head Drum Major:
Brice Bridges
Assistant Drum Majors: Austin Wilhelm and Andrew Donaldson

Section Leaders
Upper Woodwinds:
Emily Eisenbacher
Saxophones: James Brouk
Trumpets: Thomas Persinger
Mellophones: Jordan Giacone
Trombones: Johnathan Jarvis
Low Brass: Robert Meinders
Pit Percussion: Jacob Nall
Battery Percussion: Emma Williston
Color Guard: Jennifer Keeney and Jacob Cryts

Opening Week Band Camp Schedule

Freshmen: Attendance is expected at all camp rehearsals. Please adjust your schedules accordingly. If you are involved in Trig Review or Chem 1100, you will still be able to participate in most, if not all, of band camp activities. All indoor activities are held in Castleman Hall. All outdoor practices are held at the Multi-Purpose Building parking lot (directions will be given). All new and returning MMB members are required to attend camp. Contact one of the drum majors or Dave Cress if you are unable to attend camp or have conflicts.

Sunday, August 14
1pm-3pm - Pep band rehearsal (returning members)
3pm-7pm - Instrument and Locker checkout at Castleman
5:30pm-6:30pm-Section Leader Meeting
7pm - First meeting for all students interested in Instrumental music

Monday, August 15
8am-finished - Pep band performance at the multi-purpose building for freshman convocation
9:30am-11:30am-Returning member rehearsal
11:30am-12:30pm - Section leader refresher
3:30pm-5:30pm - Music rehearsal (band room)
6:30pm-8:30pm - Marching rehearsal (practice field)

Tuesday, August 16
10am-11:30am - Returning member rehearsal
3:30pm-5:30pm - Music rehearsal (band room)
6:30pm-8:30pm - Marching rehearsal (practice field)

Wednesday, August 17
10am-11:30am - Returning member rehearsal
3:30pm-5:30pm - Music rehearsal (band room)
6:30pm-8:30pm - Marching rehearsal (practice field)

Thursday, August 18
10am-11:30am - Returning member rehearsal
3:30pm-5:30pm - Music rehearsal (band room)
6:30pm-8:30pm - Marching rehearsal (practice field)
8:30pm-9:30pm - Pep band rehearsal for Project X

Friday, August 19
10am-11:30am - Returning member rehearsal
3:30pm-5:30pm - Music rehearsal (band room)
6:30pm-8pm - Marching rehearsal (practice field)
8:15pm-finished - Band performance in the Havener Center for the Project X awards

Marching Band Performances:
September 3 - Football Game against Bacone College
September 17 - Football Game against Truman State University
September 24 - Parade of Nations
October 1 - Football Game against William Jewell College
October 15 - S&T Homecoming Parade
October 15 -  Homecoming Football Game against Lincoln University
November 5 - Football Game against University of Indianapolis
December 3 - Rolla Christmas Parade
March 18 - St. Pat’s Parade

All Marching Band performances are REQUIRED. If you need to miss one or more of theperformances, inform Dave Cress, and all Drum Majors at the beginning of the season or as soon as you are informed.