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Marching Colonels Frequently Asked Questions

Why join the Marching Colonels?

College marching band is an exciting experience very different from high school, and your first semester will prove it! The Marching Colonels offers EKU students a social experience unlike any other on campus, and finding life-long friends is just the beginning. Unlike the high school experience, the Marching Colonels perform several shows each season, and typically in half the rehearsal time.

And what about college life? The Marching Colonels are at the center of football game day activities and enjoy loyal support from Colonel fans at every home game. If you aren’t sure, try it your first semester and find out.

Top 10 Reasons to Join the Marching Colonels

10. Traditions! The Marching Colonels are one of the oldest and time-honored groups on campus.
9. Half the rehearsals, twice the fun
8. Beat the rush. Early dorm move-in
7. Pregame Tailgate Performances
6. Earn $2,000 in scholarships to watch four years of football
5. Great music, great shows
4. Crazy Colonel spirit
3. No fundraising, ever!
2. 100 new friends before classes start
1. One word: Byawww!

Will I have time for marching band?

The short answer is YES! The Marching Colonels rehearse much less than most high schools. The class meets in the late afternoons Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and we have continuity rehearsal on home football game days. You will have more than enough time for other activities and academics. Marching Colonel members traditionally rank very high in every academic discipline.

What is the 2024 performance schedule? 

We perform at all home games, a few other on campus events and rallies, and travel as requested by the University. 

  • August 24 – Football Fan Day

  • September 14 – Home Game v. West Georgia

  • September 21 – Home Game v. Morehead

  • October 5 – Home Game v. Robert Morris

  • October 19 – KMEA Quarter Finals Exhibition (Drumline only)

  • October 24 – Homecoming Corn Roast

  • October 25 – Homecoming Parade

  • October 26 – Homecoming Game v. Southern Utah

  • November 9 – Home Game v. North Alabama

  • November 23 – Home Game v. Central Arkansas (Marching Colonel for a Day)

  • November 30 – UAC Championship Game?

  • December 2 – Band Banquet

Do I have to be a music major?

No! The Marching Colonels is open to any EKU student in good standing, regardless of major. In fact, over 65% of the band are non-music majors. We encourage all enthusiastic student musicians and artists to join, regardless of their academic choice.

Do I have to audition?

No! There is no audition for the marching band. If you have participated in band in high school, you are eligible and encouraged to participate in the Marching Colonels. Even if you did not march in high school, we have a place for you! There are placement auditions for the drumline at the beginning of band camp. Check out our Visual Teams page for Color Guard, Maroonettes, and Feature Twirlers information. 

How much does it cost?

There are no up front costs to being a Marching Colonel, except purchasing a pair of marching shoes (<$40). Actually, you earn scholarships by participating!

What does the band provide?

  1. Official Marching Colonels gear: sackpack, cap/visor, water bottle
  2. Uniform for performances (Colorguard, Maroonettes, winds, and percussion)
  3. Food and drinks at every game
  4. ALL travel expenses. Students are only responsible for spending money when traveling with the band. That includes post-season travel!

How do I join?

  1. Enroll in MUS 256. The course meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (4:40-6:40pm) during the fall semester.
  2. Complete the Member Registration Form.
  3. Continue to check the website, Blackboard, and your EKU email address often.

And you’re in … we’ll see you in the fall!

When do we move in?

Marching Colonels students move into the dorms early for free. 2024 move-in date for the entire band is Sunday, August 11, 2024. If you are coming from far away, we can work with you. Check out the Preseason Band Camp Schedule-at-a-Glance for more details.

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521 Lancaster Avenue
Foster 101
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: 859-622-3161

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