Frequently Asked Questions

Can I join?

Members of the Miami University Marching Band represent every division and almost every major at the university. Music Majors represent less than 25% of the group. The MUMB employs full band instrumentation, including brass, woodwinds, and percussion. Auditions are required for all new members and returning members who are not in leadership and help to confirm part assignments for wind players and roles for guard members. Percussion auditions determine membership and placement in the drum line and front ensemble. Twirler try-outs take place in the spring for fall assignment. The Shakerettes dance team try-outs are conducted by that team’s leadership.

How much does it cost to be in the Marching Band?

The MUMB is committed to making membership in the band affordable to everyone. All members are required to pay a $105 course fee, which is billed to your Bursar account after registering for the course. This fee covers the cost of evening meals at band camp, the required MUMB shirt, and other expenses that impact all students. All instrumentalists are required to provide their own black marching shoes, gloves, flip folders, and lyres, which are available for purchase upon registration to Pre-Season Week.

These prices are estimates:

  • $32 for shoes
  • $2 for gloves ($3 for baritones and mellophones)
  • $8.00 for flip folders
  • $8.00 for lyres

There is also a $75 rental fee for anyone who will be using a university owned instrument ($50 rental fee for color guard), payable during Pre-Season Week.

What instruments do you take?

Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Trumpet, Mellophone, Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium, Tuba, Battery Percussion, Front Ensemble (including electronics, guitar, and bass).

How do I obtain a marching instrument?

Mellophones, baritones, sousaphones and percussion will be provided by the MUMB for a nominal yearly rental fee of $75. These instruments will be assigned during pre-season week. This rental fee covers normal maintenance as well as helps supply sticks and mallets. A limited number of tenor saxophones are available for rental as well.

What visual units do you have?

We have colorguard, twirlers, and our dance team, the Shakerettes. If you are interested in any of these then please contact Dr. Johnson for additional information.

How are auditions handled?

Pre-season auditions are held in December for Field Commanders, in the spring for Shakerettes (mid-March) and Twirlers (in April). Auditions for the drumline and front ensemble are conducted in person, during our mini-camp or by video submission. Information regarding audition material and instructions are communicated directly to those who register their interest in joining by visiting our website and completing the requested forms. Auditions for wind players are submitted online and material and instructions are communicated directly to those who register their interest in joining by visiting our website and completing the requested forms.

What, when, and where is Pre-Season Week (Band Camp)?

Pre-season Week is a weeklong training process that teaches new members the Miami-style of marching, pregame, and the half-time show for the season. All members, new and returning, are required to attend pre-season week. Pre-season week commences a full week ahead of the start of the fall semester. For the 2021 season, Percussion, Color Guard, and Leadership should report on Friday, August 13. For all other members, Pre-season Week begins on Sunday, August 15. Pre-season week will continue through August 22. On-campus rehearsals take place at Presser Hall and The Center for Performing Arts on the Oxford Campus.

How do housing and meals work during Pre-Season Week?

Student housing and meals for pre-season week for any student living in Miami University housing is provided by Miami University at a nominal cost of approximately $25 a day and is charged directly to the student’s bursar’s account with Miami University. This daily charge drops the day your regular housing contract begins. The MUMB will automatically submit your housing request once you register for Pre-season Week. If you have any special circumstances (arriving early, etc.) please make sure you indicate that in your Pre-season Week registration.

Does the Marching Band travel?

The travel schedule for the MUMB varies year to year depending on the football schedule. Typically, the MUMB will make at least one away trip during the season. Post-season travel is a possibility and members are expected to participate in any championship game or bowl game to which Miami is invited. Special trips may require some student financial support. Post-season championship and bowl travel does not bear a cost to students – meals, lodging, and travel are covered.

Is Marching Band a class?

Yes, the MUMB is organized as MUS 100E and is a credit-bearing and grade-earning class. Students can earn up to two credits.

Are first-year students permitted to march?

Yes! ALL duly enrolled Miami students who play a band instrument or have experience in one of our visual units are free to participate in the MUMB following an audition.

I’m going to attend one of the regional campuses. Can I still join?

Absolutely! We always have regional students in the band. There are some extra steps that you’ll need to initiate with your advisor in order to enroll in MUS 100E but there is a spot for you with us.

I have a class that meets during the same time as Marching Band. Can I still participate?

It depends on the extent of the conflict and should be discussed with the Director but yes, it is possible to enroll in MUS 100E and participate in the MUMB if you have a limited conflict with another class. Please consult with the Director if you have any questions.

What are the benefits?

If you decide to join the Miami Marching Band, you will become a member of one of the largest and finest student organizations on campus. You will also join those members who have made life-long friends as well as gain an instant support network as you enter Miami University. Opportunities for leadership and service are also available to new members.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you need more information concerning membership in the MUMB, please contact Dr. Brooke Johnson, director, at 513-529-9739 or email her at