Become a Member of the Pride Band

How do I join the Missouri State Pride Band?

This audition is for band membership and for consideration of a University Marching Band Grant. Music majors who have successfully auditioned into the music department on a woodwind or brass instrument do not need to audition for entry into the Pride Band.

Learn how to audition as a music major or minor

Brass and woodwind members

Auditions for entry in the Pride Band can be scheduled by contacting Amy Perkins, Band Events Coordinator. Video auditions are accepted as well. Students should prepare something that displays both technical and lyrical playing. Pieces prepared for music contest or all-district/all-state audition material also work well.

Color Guard members

Information about auditioning for the color guard. Any student interested in the Pride Color Guard should contact Color Guard Instructor, John Sullivan.

Drumline / Front Ensemble members

Students with questions regarding the Pride Drumline or Front Ensemble should contact Dr. Matthew Boswell, Assistant Director of Bands.

Are there scholarships available?

Yes, please read more information about Pride Band Grants.

What is the time commitment for marching band?

The Pride Band rehearses Monday and Wednesday from 3:30-5:00 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 5:15-6:15 p.m., and certain Fridays from 3:35-5:50 p.m. in the fall semester. Drumline and Color Guard have additional sectional rehearsals each week. Most students find that this rehearsal schedule is less intensive than many high school marching band programs.

Does the Pride Band compete?

No, the Pride Band does not participate in any formal marching band competitions. The primary objective of the Pride Band revolves around Missouri State University's public affairs mission by providing an engaging and entertaining experience to fans at Missouri State athletic events, and providing our students with an exceptional experience in every facet of their involvement with the Pride Band. The Pride Band does frequently perform in exhibition having been featured in the MACY*S Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City (1988, 1996, 2001), the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena (1995 and 2008), and the Orange Bowl Parade in Miami (1988). They have appeared in the Super Dome for the New Orleans Saints, in the TransWorld Dome for the St. Louis Rams, at Arrowhead Stadium for the Kansas City Chiefs, and at Mile High Stadium for the Denver Broncos. In December 2005 the Pride Band traveled to London, England. In addition to being the honor band in the London New Year's Day Parade, the group also performed at St. Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Central Hall.

Is marching band a class?

Yes, marching band is a class for which each participating student must register. Students receive academic credit for the class, which can be used to fill elective credits in many degree programs.

Are all members music majors?

No! Our membership comes from every walk of life on campus. The Pride Band is proud to be home for students of every major in colleges and departments from across the campus community.