Brass Section

“The Marching Thunder Brass Section is comprised of students who are always full of energy and enthusiasm. We bring warmth and energy to the overall sound of the Marching Thunder, which goes hand in hand with the warm and welcoming personalities of the musicians behind the horns. The members in each of the trumpet, mellophone, and low brass sections know that quality work is expected in every rehearsal and performance, but we are also always ready to provide hysterical laughs just when you need it! There is never a dull moment while a part of the Marching Thunder Brass Section. And of course, we bring our passion for the marching arts and Marshall University to the field every day!

We hope to see you join our brass section family, we can wait to share our pride for our community and the many laughs with you.”

Julia Birney, Drum Major – 2019-2020


Although there are no formal auditions for brass and woodwind players to be a member of the Marching Thunder, there are several Important Considerations always being considered of the members. Most obviously, the technical abilities of the individual are considered important to the performance aspects of our ensemble. However, there are several other qualities the staff and director consider during throughout the season and rehearsal process which are equally important. Some of these would include character, integrity, and attitude. Additionally, the members should demonstrate the ability to take and apply criticism for further personal growth and development, as well as the ability to work as part of a team in collaboration toward a common goal.

The Marching Thunder is a highly visible entity of Marshall University and we hold our members to a high musical and social standard.

The Marching Thunder Brass is made up of the usual instrumentation: Trumpets, Mellophones, Trombones, Baritones, and Sousaphones. Membership in the brass section of the Marching Thunder is open to all students of Marshall University and local community colleges. We welcome and invite your participation. We want you here! If you have any question regarding involvement in The Marching Thunder as a brass player your are more than welcome to reach out to any of our student leaders below. If you have specific questions for the Director, please contact Dr. Christopher Schletter.

The 2020 brass section leaders are:


Ariel Harper

Sarah Petrea


Alex Hummel

Evan Gissel

Low Brass/Bari Sax

Jalen Porter

Upcoming Wind Band Performances

All concerts can be found on our YouTube Channel here.

April 15th – The Wind Symphony presents their final performance of the season, “Concert of Soloists.” Thank you all for attending.
You can watch the concert again here.

Thursday, April 22nd – Symphonic Band presents their final performance of the season, “Air, Land, and Sea.”

You can watch the concert again here.


Marching Thunder Events

Fall 2021 Performance Schedule
This schedule is subject to change over the course of the summer
at MU unless otherwise noted)


11 Leadership Day Camp
12 Band Camp Begins
20 Freshman March (Drum Line Only)
21 Friends and Family Performance

11 vs N.C. Central
28 Kanawha Gazette-Mail Band & Majorette Festival Exhibition
18 vs East Carolina

9 vs Old Dominion
16 Tri-State Marching Championships
24 vs FIU (Possible Homecoming)

13 vs UAB
27 vs Western Kentucky

4 C-USA Championship (TBA)
Post-season Bowl Game (location/Date TBA)