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About the Grizzly Marching Band

The UM Grizzly Marching Band is a select, fun and close-knit group of hardworking, dedicated students. Our band is open to any student on the UM campus, and also the UM College of Technology, regardless of year or major. In fact, we have members of the band from virtually every major and discipline on campus and from almost every corner of the United States and around the world.

The band has its origins in the late 19th Century and has since created a tradition of excellence lasting into the new millennium. Marching in contemporary corps-style, the program stays on the cutting edge of trends in outdoor music performances. As one of the most visible organizations on campus, we perform at all Grizzly football home games in the newly renovated Washington-Grizzly Stadium with crowds of more than 25,000 fans. The group travels to several conference games in the Northwest and has accompanied the football team to four FCS National Championships in recent years.

We pride ourselves on the precision drill and exciting variety of entertaining musical arrangements that are performed each year. Recent halftime performances have included the following themes: Western Music, Pirates of the Caribbean, Swing Dance Music, Blues Brothers, Latin-Jazz, Movie Soundtracks, Sounds of the 60's, and many others. In addition to the game day entertainment, we make several appearances in the community each season.

Our organization is a distinguished ambassador to the UM campus and surrounding communities.  We hope you will join us in the fall for another exciting year with The University of Montana Grizzly Marching Band!

What are some of the "perks" of joining the GMB?

All members of the Grizzly Marching Band receive a SCHOLARSHIP for their dedication and contributions to the program:

  • $500 for first year members
  • $750 for second year members
  • $1,000 for third year and above!

In addition to being a part of one of the most exciting and visible organizations on campus, the members of the Grizzly Marching Band enjoy many benefits at NO cost to them:

  • GREAT seats in Washington-Grizzly Stadium for every game
  • Travel to away games & Championship events with the Grizzly Football team
  • GMB apparel provided
  • Game day lunches
  • Refreshments during games
  • Instant group of friends
  • Receive General Education college credit
  • Early campus move-in & beat the crowds!

In addition to participation perks, members have the opportunity to hold leadership positions with the band - regardless of major or discipline. Several paid staff positions are offered as well. Our organization provides opportunities for ALL students to become productive and supportive members of the UM community.

How much will it cost?

We pride ourselves on making membership in the band no-cost to the participants.  The Grizzly Marching Band picks up the tab for all housing and food during Band Camp, uniforms, music and in many cases, even instruments are provided.  When the band travels during the season, all accommodations are covered by the University.  Your contribution will be in the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm you bring to the program.

How much time will it take?

Not as much as you think! Rehearsals are held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:10-5:40 p.m. with extra rehearsals for Drum Line. On game days, we begin with a morning dress rehearsal in Washington-Grizzly Stadium which is concluded with a pizza or sub lunch. We play an important part of the game day festivities on campus and, in addition to our Pre-Game and Halftime performances, we put on a Post-Game concert at the conclusion of each game.

What and When is Band Camp?

In order to get ready for our exciting season of performances and appearances, the members of the UM Grizzly Marching Band report to campus the week before classes begin in the fall. Band Camp is required for all members of the ensemble and includes: informal playing assessments and part placement in appropriate sections, instrument, music and uniform distribution, music and sectional rehearsals, marching and fundamental practice and other activities that will make the UM Grizzly Marching Band the "Best Band Ever!"

So, if you have never marched before or are concerned that you don't know enough about marching bands to become involved - DON'T WORRY! We will cover everything you need to know before the season begins and you'll be able to begin the new school year already knowing the people and places on the campus of The University of Montana.

How do I become a member? 

As long as you are currently, or will be a student at the University of Montana, you are encouraged and welcome to become a member of the Grizzly Marching Band.  Please go the "Join Us" section and complete the online form to request information about joining the GMB!  You may also E-mail us at grizzlymarchingband@gmail.com for this information.  As soon as we have received your request, or you have signed up for the course with the university, you will receive information from us about band camp, schedules and other important details pertaining to GMB membership.  We certainly look forward to having you with us in the future!
Go Griz!!

 

Contact Us


grizzlymarchingband@gmail.com | (406) 370-8730

The University of Montana
Grizzly Marching Band
School of Music
Missoula, MT 59812