Marching Band

Marching Band Participation/Camp Registration Form

Marching Band Camp will be held the week before classes begin or O-Week. See the O-Week schedule below for full details. In order to help us get organized ahead of camp, we’re asking for everyone (new AND returning) to gofill out the form below. This form is required whether you are enrolled in the course or not. 

Questions? Contact Dr. David Samson.

Participation Form

Early Residence Hall Move-in (returning members only)

All returning band members are permitted to move into the residence halls early for camp. Go to the Residential Life homepage ( and look for a link for an early move-in form (at the time of the newsletter publication, this form was not yet available. Please check later in the summer).

Part Selections/Auditions

Over the summer, those who wish to play in the drumline AND have filled out the “Marching Band Registration” form will receive audition materials for spots on our drumline. While I do not anticipate any cuts, the auditions will help us place members on the appropriate instruments. Auditions will be held on the first day of Camp (see schedule below)

It will be to your advantage to arrive in good playing shape this fall, especially if you would like to play first part! There are no formal auditions (except for drumline if needed). Part assignments will be made by the MMB Leadership Team during camp.

Attention Flutes

This year we will again be marching piccolos instead of flutes. If you own your own piccolo, please bring it to school in the fall. We do have a limited number of piccolos available to use for those who do not wish to purchase your own.


All players are to be responsible for providing their own instrument accessories. Woodwind players need to stock-up on reeds and must have their own mouthpiece if using a school-owned instrument. All brass players should have a supply of valve/slide oil or an equivalent.

NEW FOR 2021: All members MUST have their own lyre and/or flip folder, BUT we will no longer be providing them.
TUBA PLAYERS: We play on contras for marching season so you will need to purchase an armband-style “flute” flip folder.
PERCUSSION: You will be provided with the appropriate mallets/sticks for your instrument.


Full Uniform
During O-Week we will be fitting you for a marching uniform (see the O-Week Schedule). Your uniform will be placed in a garment bag and kept in the Uniform Closet when not in use. The rest of our full uniform includes white long-wrist gloves, black socks, and black marching shoes.

At the beginning of the season you will be given 1 pair of gloves for free. While these gloves are easy to maintain and are machine washable it may be necessary to replace them during the season. A second pair will be provided at no cost as long as you show need for them. Any more than that will cost $2/pair. Piccolo and clarinet players will receive a pair of one-size-fits-all fingerless gloves (1 replacement pair available if needed) and Color Guard members will receive a pair of guard gloves (replacements must be paid by the student). Percussionists do not need gloves.

You are responsible for providing black socks and black marching shoes for your full uniform. If you currently own a pair of black marching shoes (any design other than patent leather shoes are acceptable) you may use them provided they are clean and in good condition. If you do not own a pair, you will need to purchase them. You are free to order them yourself, but if you’d like, we can order them for you through BandShoppe at the cost of $32. Please indicate on your registration form your need for shows as well as your size.

During camp you will also receive a drawstring bag to carry any necessary items you will need to and from the football stadium. Because of budget concerns we ask that returning members who still have a bag in good condition to not get a new one.

Summer Uniform
There will be instances where it is either too hot or the performance does not require a full uniform. For these events we will
dress in our summer uniform consisting of the official Miner Marching Band T-Shirt, Shorts, and Cap (all provided at no cost) along with white socks and tennis shoes.

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 occasional separate practices as well. 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, but we occasionally include other equipment as our show designs demand. We provide all equipment for the guard other than shoes.

What to Bring to Camp (and Beyond)

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

Water – We do provide water jugs during outdoor rehearsals, but it’s good to have your own too.
Hat – It shields your head and face from the sun. Especially important if you’re bald like Dr. Samson.
Closed-toed shoes – We don’t march in sandals.
Sunscreen – “The sun tries to burn me, but you won’t let it…will ya?”

Miner Marching Band Leadership Team

Director: TBA (interim), Dr. David Samson (on leave)
Drum Majors: Arianna Chaves, Reece Watson
Woodwind Drill Captains: Ariel Clark, Derek Holloway
Brass Drill Captains: Anna Peacock, Kristen Clevenger
Drumline Coordinator: Pamela Petterchak
Pit Coordinator: Dominique Bacchetti
Color Guard Captains: Jessie Ditton, Emily Richardson
Outdoor Specialists: Connor Grumbles, Lukas Tosello
Indoor Specialists: Dylan Clay, Bradley Schluben

O-Week Band Camp Schedule

All indoor activities are held in the Band Hall (137 Castleman Hall). All outdoor practices are held at the band practice field. Contact Dr. Samson if you are unable to attend camp or have conflicts with the schedule. FRESHMAN: You will not have conflicts with the “Full Band” rehearsals.

Monday, August 16

10:00-3:00 Band Room - Drumline Auditions (contact Dr. Samson to arrange your 15 minute block)
3:30-5:00 Band Room - Leadership Team Meeting
7:00-8:30 Band Room - Introductory Meeting/Ice Cream Social with ALL members 

Tuesday, August 17

11:00-12:30 Band Room - Music Rehearsal (Full Band)
4:00-6:00 Band Room - Music Rehearsal (Returning Members Only)
7:00-8:30 Practice Field - Marching Rehearsal (Full Band - no instruments)
8:30-? Chapter Event: “Sports-Ball”

Wednesday, August 18

11:00-12:30 Band Room - Music Rehearsal (Returning Members Only)
12:30-3:00 Castleman - Uniform Check-out (Drumline & Seniors)
4:00-6:00 Band Room - Music Rehearsal (Full Band)
7:00-8:30 Practice Field - Marching Rehearsal (Full Band - WITH instruments)
8:30-? Chapter Event: “Video Games”

Thursday, August 19

11:00-1:00 Havener Stand Tunes during Lunch – Returning Members Only
12:30-3:00 Castleman - Uniform Check-out (Juniors/Sophomores)
4:00-6:00 Band Room - Music Rehearsal (Full Band)
                                     Uniform Check-out (Freshman)
6:00-8:00 Section Dinners
8:30-? Chapter Event: “Trivia Night"

Friday, August 20

12:00-1:30 Castleman - Band Photo in front of Leach
4:00-6:00 Band Room - Music Rehearsal (Full Band)
7:00-8:30 Practice Field - Marching Rehearsal (Full Band - WITH instruments)
8:30-? Chapter Event: “Section Olympics”

Saturday, August 21

10:00-12:00 Practice Field - Marching Rehearsal (Full Band - WITH instruments)
1:30-5:00 Band Room - Music Rehearsal (Full Band)
5:00-7:00 Outside Castleman - Performing Arts Social (Pizza and drinks provided)
8:00-10:00 Havener - Performance @ Project X Awards (All Members - SUMMER UNIFORM)


Marching Band Performance Schedule

All Marching Band performances are REQUIRED. If you have an issue with attending any performance, contact Dr. Samson at the beginning of the season or as soon as you know of a conflict. Note: The times listed for the football games are KICKOFF or PARADE START times and NOT call times. For each performance you will receive a uniform closet open time as well as a call time to be ready.

Saturday, September 11 | 1:00 p.m. | Miners vs Arkansas Baptist | Allgood-Bailey Stadium

Saturday, September 18 | 1:00 p.m. | Miners vs Wayne St. | Allgood-Bailey Stadium

Saturday, September 25 | 11:00 a.m. | Celebration of Nations Parade | Downtown Rolla

Saturday, October 9 | 11:00 a.m. | Homecoming Parade | Campus

Saturday, October 9 | 1:00 p.m. | Miners vs Truman St. (HC) | Allgood-Bailey Stadium 

Saturday, October 16 | 1:00 p.m. | Miners vs William Jewell | Allgood-Bailey Stadium

Saturday, October 30 | 1:00 p.m. | Miners vs Indianapolis | Allgood-Bailey Stadium

Saturday, November 6 | 1:00 p.m. | Miners vs Lindenwood| Allgood-Bailey Stadium

Saturday, December 4 | 10:00 a.m. | Rolla Christmas Parade | Downtown Rolla

Saturday, March 19 | 11:00 a.m. | St. Pat's Parade | Downtown Rolla