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Announcing our 2018 Halftime Production

It’s staying home and cozying up on the couch. It’s a fun night out with friends. It’s the roar of the crowd as we cheer on The Herd. It’s the best day of the week. It’s Saturday Night

This season, the Marching Thunder will honor the day we look forward to the most with our halftime production

Saturday Night

The performers will explore songs that have paid tribute to Saturdays through the years with something for all ages. You won’t want to miss this rockin’ fun production!

Musical selections will include:
Say Amen (Saturday Night)– Panic! at the Disco
Hymn to the Weekend– Coldplay
Saturday Night– Bay City Rollers
Saturday in the Park– Chicago
Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting– Elton John

The Marching Thunder will continue to explore new ways of utilizing acoustic and electronic sounds to push the envelope of contemporary marching band. Music will once again be arranged by Tim Snyder and Aaron Statler with the visual design by Adam Dalton.

The Marching Thunder will also perform a special halftime show for homecoming and Veteran’s Day.

You can catch the Marching Thunder’s production SATURDAY NIGHT at each home football game as well as these other events:
8/16- Pullman Plaza Pep Rally; Huntington, WV
9/1- Miami of Ohio Away Game; Oxford, OH
9/25- Kanawha Band and Majorette Festival; Charleston, WV
10/13- Tri-State Marching Festival; Huntington, WV
10/20- Winfield High School Marching Competition; Winfield, WV

Join the Marching Thunder 2018!

It’s easy as 1…2…3

Step 1: Register in our database
Click here to be taken to our database. Use your 901# and fill out the rest of the form. This get’s you set up in our system to start receiving information about the upcoming year.

Step 2: Register for the Marching Thunder Course
Tell your advisor to place MUS 266 on your schedule. 

Step 3: Watch out for email updates throughout the summer
We’ll send you all the information you need to get ready for band camp.


Please note that this is subject to change. The final schedule will be distributed at band camp.

9-16 Band Camp
16 Pullman Plaza Pep Rally
17 Freshman March (Drum Line Only)
30 Paint the Capital Green (Tuition Waiver Recipients Only)

1 Away Game- Miami of Ohio
8 Home Game- EKU
22 Home Game- NC State
25 Kanawha Band and Majorette Festival

6 Home Game- MTSU
13 Tri-State Marching Festival
18 Homecoming Parade
20 Home Game- FAU (Homecoming)

10 Home Game- Charlotte
17 Home Game- UTSA

1 Potential C-USA Championship
TBD Post-season blow game


Frequently Asked Questions

When is band camp?

Band camp will start the afternoon of August 9th and run through August 16th. Students living in on-campus housing will be able to move-in to their dorms on the 9th. 

How much does it cost to be in the Marching Thunder?

We cover the cost of all your travel and meals with the Marching Thunder including trips to bowl games and championship games. We only ask for a small $60 band camp fee at the beginning of the season to help cover the cost of your member shirt, dinner during band camp, and water at football games.

Do I have to audition or be a music major?

You do not have to be a music major to participate in the Marching Thunder. In fact, most of our members are non-music majors. There is no audition to participate for woodwind or brass players. If you are interested in being in the color guard, drumline, or majorette line, please contact us for more information. 

When are does the Marching Thunder rehearse?

The Marching Thunder rehearses Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:30-5:30 as well as the day of each home game.

Will I have time for my school work or a job?

Many of our members are on the dean’s list each semester or find time to have a job outside of school. You will find the time commitment for college marching band is typically less than high school marching band and students are able to work, do homework, and socialize outside of marching band responsibilities.

Can you provide me with an instrument?

The Marching Thunder only provides mellophones, baritones, sousaphones, and percussion instruments. Students are expected to provide their own flute/piccolo, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, or trombone. 

I don’t play an instrument, is there something I can do to still be involved?

We have a place for everyone and have Band Manager positions available to help with logistics and setting up for rehearsals and games. Contact us if you are interested in one of these positions.