Bulldog Marching Band

Frequently Asked Questions

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What does it mean to march with the Bulldogs?

The UMD Bulldog Marching Band strives to support Bulldog athletics, the University of Minnesota Duluth and our community through our dedication to achievement, discipline and each other.  When you take the field as a member of the band, you represent UMD’s core values of learning, discovery, engagement, inclusiveness, sustainability, integrity, and excellence. Most importantly, you will become part of the Bulldog Marching Band family. Your band mates will challenge you, support you, and celebrate you--and you will do the same for them.

How do I join the UMD Bulldog Marching Band?

  1. Register for Chamber Ensemble MU1541, section 012
  2. Complete the Marching Application (Click Here!)

That’s it! Take note: Our schedule is definitely demanding. If you have course scheduling conflicts or other events in your life that will require missing rehearsals or performances, they must be discussed with the director prior to Bulldog Boot Camp.

Does it cost anything to join the UMD Bulldog Marching Band?

Instruments are provided for those members who need one.  A $50 deposit is required at the time of checkout, with $25 returned to you at the end of the semester when the instrument is returned in good condition. If you need an instrument for the audition, you may sign it out upon arrival for registration. You may use your own instrument if you choose, but any repair costs will be your responsibility.  

Other costs include the UMD Marching Band Apparel. For the 2021 season, this will be our uniform.

Do I need prior marching experience?

No! We have people from all different backgrounds who join marching band every year. From marching with Rosemount to having never stepped foot on a football field, we accept everyone! We'll teach you everything you need to know at band camp!


Normally, your field uniform will be provided to you at no cost. Rookies will be required to purchase a wind suit (jacket and pants) at a cost of around $90, which includes a marching band t-shirt. If you have registered, please look for details soon about ordering this. You will also be responsible for purchasing black marching band shoes (not glossy). You may order your shoes from wherever you like, but this link is suggested. https://dinkles.com/products/glide-marching-shoe/ (prices are around $30).

What does moving early entail?

Students living in the dorms will incur a $315 housing fee, added to their tuition bill, for the right to move into their rooms early. Meals are provided at no charge during camp only.

Remember: Returning marchers will only need to pay the instrument rental deposit and dorm fees if applicable

What and when is Bulldog Band Camp?

Bulldog Band Camp is a mandatory session that starts approximately two weeks before the first day of classes. Band Camp 2021 is August 19-24th. We begin every day at 8 am and finish at 8 pm, with meals being provided as indicated on the schedule. We’ll start with auditions that will determine your part. Then, you’ll learn our marching style, work on the music for our first show, and get to know the other members of your section. By the time Welcome Week starts, you will already be a part of campus and have a network of band mates to rely on. Drumline, Colorguard, Twirlers and Leadership will arrive on August 18th, all other band members will arrive on August 19th. Band Camp does not interfere with any Bulldog Welcome Week activities-- freshmen will be able to participate in all activities during orientation. More information will be mailed to you in July.

If you have any questions pertaining to the Drumline or Colorguard, please email [email protected].  

Is it advisable to march my freshman year?

In a word, YES. Because Bulldog Band Camp begins before Welcome Week, you will have a leg up on other freshmen when it comes to knowing campus, settling into dorm life, and making friends. You’ll go into orientation more confident and more comfortable. The band takes great pride in making sure that all rookies, especially freshmen, feel supported and included. 

How much time does it take to belong to the band?

When classes begin, the UMD Bulldog Marching Band rehearses Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 5pm to 6:25pm. Also, when there is a home football game, the band rehearses Saturday morning from 8am-10am. The band also performs at various high school festivals and other special events. There is no question that the schedule is full and demanding.  But we believe that when you're looking into a crowd of thousands standing and cheering while you play, all of the long hours don’t seem quite so long. More importantly, we know that the feeling of pride and achievement you will feel looking in the mirror will make all your hard work and dedication worthwhile.

Will these demands interfere with my coursework and studying?

Well, like the rest of your college experience, that’s going to be up to you. We find that those students involved in the band do have a very successful college experience academically and socially. The band is made up of almost as many different majors as there are personnel, which means that not only can that trombone player have lunch with you, but she can also help you with your chemistry homework. The guy playing quads is really good at editing papers. And every single person in the band was once a freshman too, they can help you learn time management skills, find help with your classes, and talk you through those roommate fights. Remember: when you’re a member of the band, you’re a member of a family. If you need help, just ask! 

If you have any other questions, contact us at [email protected]