Woodwind Section

“The Marshall University Marching Thunder woodwinds is the friendliest section in the entire ensemble. All of us try to help each other in any way we can, and we don’t try to compete to be the best. This is because we realize that when each of us is good, the Marching Thunder is great! We always strive to stay positive, and we believe in equality and integrity among members. These are widely valued characteristics in today’s professional fields.

Those of us in the woodwind section always find way to enjoy each other’s company, whether it’s at rehearsal or at group outings outside of class (COVID compliant of course). Although some of us may be closer with our individual sections, we can always count on the other as woodwind players to lend a helping hand, no matter what.

We can’t wait to have you join our family!”
Gigi Ortiz – Clarinet Section Leader 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 Woodwinds is made up of the usual instrumentation: Piccolos, Flutes, Clarinets, and Saxophones. 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 woodwind player you 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.

2020 Woodwind Section Leaders:


Tia Walkup


Gigi Ortiz

Madalyn Hale


Mackenzie Wise

Kirsten Campbell

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)