Marching Thunder

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Pre-Register for the 2023 Marching Thunder Band Camp today!

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.

Click here for the 2023 Band Camp Itinerary!

Pre-Register for the 2023 Marching Thunder Band Camp today!

Additional information regarding band camp meals, early move in for those living on campus, medical forms, the student vaccine registry, iOS and Android apps we use for rehearsal and communication, as well as the Marching Thunder band handbook/syllabus will be available over the summer in preparation for our official band camp in-person registration that will take place on August 10th. Once you pre-register for band camp, you will be receiving new information throughout the summer.

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 266/466) 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.

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

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!

If you are joining The Marching Thunder and wish to apply for a tuition waiver, you can find the Tuition Waiver application below. Once you have applied for the tuition waiver, you must pre-register for band camp here. This application is not a guarantee of funds, nor a guarantee you will receive a tuition waiver. It is an application for the waiver. Once the audition process is completed at band camp, you will be contacted regarding the amount of your tuition waiver. 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.

Application for a Tuition Waivers for the 2023-24 academic is available now!

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