Marching Thunder

Pre-Registration for 2024 Marching Thunder Band Camp!

Are you ready to march to the HerdBeats drum while proudly representing Marshall University? Look no further than the Marching Thunder, where passion, talent, and camaraderie collide to create unforgettable musical experiences!

The Marshall University Marching Thunder is the largest and most visible student organization on campus. The marching band provides entertainment and school spirit at football games, basketball games, and other community functions. It provides a family for its members and fosters teamwork and dedication for a common goal. We welcome and invite your participation. We want you here! If you have any question regarding involvement in The Marching Thunder specific to any of the section in the program, you are more than welcome to reach out to any of our student leaders. If you have specific questions, please contact Dr. Christopher Schletter.

The 2024 Band Camp Itinerary will be posted here in July.

  1. Unparalleled Spirit: Be the heartbeat of Marshall University’s game days and special events, igniting school pride with every note and step.
  2. Top-Notch Instruction: Learn from some of the finest educators and musicians in the region, honing your skills to reach new heights of musical excellence.
  3. Thrilling Performances: Take center stage as you dazzle audiences with dynamic halftime shows, electrifying pep tunes, and precision marching formations.
  4. Lifetime Memories: Forge lifelong friendships and unforgettable memories as you bond with fellow bandmates through rehearsals, performances, and unforgettable adventures.
  5. Diverse Opportunities: Whether you’re a seasoned musician or a newcomer to the marching arts, there’s a place for you in our inclusive and supportive community.

Join the Legacy!

Become part of a proud tradition of musical excellence and school spirit as a member of the Marshall University Marching Thunder. Together, we’ll make music, memories, and magic that will last a lifetime!

Band Camp Pre-Registration
  1. Pre-Register for Band Camp – Find the link above that will take you to the band camp pre-registration form. Be sure to do this so that you can receive all necessary information regarding band camp, early move-in, and more.
  2. Register for Class – Registration for classes will take place around your new student orientation toward the end of the summer. Marching band is a one-credit course (MUS 466) that meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:30-5:30. The band performs at every home game, select away games, and local marching band exhibitions. Membership is open to all Marshall University and local community college students, regardless of major, and scholarship opportunities are available to those students wishing to audition.
  3. Audition – The percussion, color guard, and majorette/twirlers have to audition to make those sections. The
  4. Show Up and Have Fun! – Once you taken care of the first two steps, you’re in!

All information pertaining to the Marching Thunder as and organization and class can be found here in the 2023 Marching Thunder Handbook/Syllabus.

2024 Band Camp Pre-Registration

Additional information will be provided regarding the following:

  • Band Camp Meals
  • Necessary Apparel
  • Band Camp Fees
  • Early move in for those living on campus
  • Medical Forms
  • iOS and Android apps ues for rehearsal and communication
  • Marching Thunder band handbook/syllabus

We will make this available over the summer in preparation for our official band camp in-person registration that will take place on August 8th. Once you pre-register for band camp, you will receive information throughout the summer regarding the above and other important topics. Pre-registration is NOT a commitment to participate, however, we certainly want all of you with you.

Wind players are not required to audition for membership, however, there will be a simple placement audition at band camp to assist with the part assignment process. The Drum line and percussion, Color Guard, and Majorettes and Featured Twirlers hold auditions in the Spring and/or Summer. More information can be found by following links to their specific section pages.

All members of The Marching Thunder can also apply and audition for a tuition waiver. More information is provided in the next section called “Tuition Waivers” below.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the band office. We have also provided a FAQ page to give you more information as well.

Come be a part of the incredible tradition of Marshall University and the Marching Thunder!

An athletic band tuition waiver is a financial award provided to those who qualify based on a video audition submission. This is different from a scholarship, but it is still available to anyone choosing to be involved with the Marching Thunder and/or 6th Man Band. Once you apply, you will receive a link to submit your audition requirements.

2024 Tuition Waiver Application

If you are joining The Marching Thunder and wish to apply for a tuition waiver, you can apply for a Tuition Waiver using the link above. Once you have applied for the tuition waiver, you must be sure that you are pre-registered for band camp here. This application is not a guarantee of total awarded funds, nor a guarantee you will receive a tuition waiver. It is an application for the waiver.

Application Deadline is June 30th.

Video Audition Submission Deadline is July 19th. 

Once the audition process is completed, you will be contacted regarding the amount of your tuition waiver if you are awarded one. Please note: This is not a scholarship and therefore the funds are not guaranteed. If you have other scholarships being applied to your financials, it is possible that you may only receive a partial waiver or no waiver due to the amount of your other financial aid.

Please know, the athletic band tuition waivers are becoming increasingly selective and difficult to receive and not everyone will receive a tuition waiver.

Support the Marching Thunder

Upcoming Wind Band Performances

April 18th – Final Wind Band concert of the year. Guest ensemble includes Cabell-Midland High School. Features the Marshall U. Symphonic Band & Wind Symphony.

All concerts can be found on our YouTube Channel here.


Marching Thunder Events

Fall 2024 Performance Schedule
Next season’s game and performance schedule will be determined in the spring. Please stay tuned.

31st – Home vs. Stoney Brook

7th – Possible Exhibition
21st – Possible OSU Game
28th – Home vs. W. Michigan

5th – Home vs. App State
17th (Thurs) – Home vs. GA St.
26th – Tri-State Marching Championships

2nd – Home vs. ULM
16th – Home vs. CCU

7th – Possible SBC Championships
Possible Post-season Bowl Game