Prospective Students


There are no tryouts for membership in the Marching Thunder for instrumentalists. However, auditions are required for new students that wish to apply for a partial tuition scholarship through the marching band. These partial tuition scholarships are in limited supply and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are interested in auditioning for a partial tuition scholarship, please complete the online information form by following the “Contact Us” link on the home page. Select the audition date that best fits your schedule.

Audition Requirements: prepared music of the student’s choosing, a short sight-reading piece that we will provide. Percussionists should also be prepared to play basic rudiments.


Percussionist will audition for positions on snare, tenor, bass, cymbals, mallets, auxiliary percussion, and various other instruments as needed.  Auditions are held in late spring for the next year.


The purpose of the Color Guard audition process is to determine the talent level of each candidate and of the group as a whole. The candidate’s improvement and ability to learn new material is also an important component.


All candidates for Feature Twirler should bring 3 batons and any novelty that the candidate chooses to the tryout. Novelty items could include swords, hoop, flag batons, etc.


Candidates should wear a black body suit with shorts and twirling shoes. Twirling costumes are not required, they should also wear performance make-up, their hair neatly back in a ponytail, braid, etc…

Interested in being in the Marching Thunder? Fill out the form below

Upcoming Wind Band Performances

The Marshall University Wind Bands new concert season begin this fall. Stay tuned for dates and times.

All concerts can be found on our YouTube Channel here.


Marching Thunder Events

Fall 2023 Performance Schedule
This schedule is subject to change over the course of the summer. All performance are at at MU unless otherwise noted.


10th – 19thBand Camp
19th – Friends & Family Performance

2nd – Home game vs. Albany/Band Day
23rd – Home game vs. Virginia Tech
26th – Gazzette Mail Festival
30th – Home game vs. ODU – Homecoming! Alumni, come on back!

19th (Thurs.) – Home game vs. JMU
20th (Fri.) – Logan High School
28th – Tri-State Marching Championships

11th – Home game vs. Georgia Southern
25th – Home game vs. Arkansas State

2nd – Possible SBC Championships

Additional post season performances – TBD