Marching Thunder at Marshall University is an active part in the
support of Marshall athletic events. In addition to performing as
an exhibition band at various high school competitions, the Marching
Thunder hosts its own Tri-State Marching Band festival, which is West
Marching Thunder, now boasting 330 members, performs at all home football games and many away
games, as well as attending numerous championships and bowl games.
Most recently the band has traveled to the Beef O Brady Bowl in St.
Petersburg, Florida, the University of Tennessee, the
Ohio State University, Virginia Tech, Virginia
Beach, New Orleans, the Motor City Bowl in Detroit, Michigan, the GMAC
Bowl in Mobile, Alabama and the Fort Worth Bowl in Fort Worth, TX.
The Marching Thunder was featured at halftime of the
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Green Bay Packers football game and the Cincinnati
Bengals vs. Carolina Panthers game in Cincinnati, OH. In the fall of
Marching Thunder was featured at halftime of the new Lucas Oil
Stadium at the Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars football game. The
Marching Thunder was one of the first bands to perform in the new Lucas
Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN for the Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville
Jaguars football game. In the past three years the band has been the
featured twice as pre-game and halftime entertainment of the Pittsburgh Steelers. With the recent move to Conference USA,
members of the Marching Thunder can look forward to increased
national exposure and travel. The Marching Thunder boasts new indoor and
outdoor rehearsal facilities including an artificial turf practice field,
outside storage building, large indoor rehearsal hall and large office and
Membership in the
Marching Thunder is open to all university students, regardless of
major. Each band member receives a stipend for the hard work and
service to the university. In addition to the band stipend, there
are limited numbers of tuition scholarships available to band members
through auditions. Band members also
earn one academic credit for each semester they are enrolled in band.