Alumni & Parent Programs

Get Involved - University Bands

Tailgate with the Butler University Marching Band Parent Organization ~ View Tailgating Information

Welcome new and returning Butler parents,

At whatever level you have been involved with marching band in the past, whether you have a current college marcher, marched as a Butler student or faithfully watched from the stands, we would like to welcome you to a new chapter for the Butler University Marching Bulldogs! 

Marching and sports bands provide you and/or your student with a family away from home.  The special bond that is created within these groups helps them transition through the many stages of college life.   We have been given the honor & privilege this year to be the contact family for the Unofficial Bulldog Band Parent Organization. It is definitely our pleasure!

As a parent, support for your child (no matter the age) means more to them than you can ever imagine.  To watch from the stands, as your child is involved with such a stellar group of musicians and staff, brings pride to ones heart…and maybe even a tear to your cheek.  Our young adults need to see that support in the stands throughout the Butler sports seasons.  With this, we offer you an invitation and some helpful information.


Every Wednesday, prior to Butler home games, your student is given an opportunity to reserve up to 4 General Admission tickets for the upcoming football game.  There is a Google doc and a sign-up sheet at rehearsals available for them in which to do so - you may want to give a gentle reminder.   Tickets reserved by this method are picked up approximately 1 hour prior to game time at the Hinkle Field house "Will Call" area by presenting your drivers' license.  If you would like to plan to attend one or many of the home games, please see this link for the season schedule, tailgating policies, additional ticket purchases and parking information.

Remember………………………… Band Day is the first home game on September 7th, 2013 against Wittenberg and the game start is 6pm!.............................................

Here are some tailgating tips and advice:

For home games that start at 12 pm or 1 pm, tailgating begins at 8 am and ends 2 hours after the game is over.  For home games that start at 6 pm, tailgating begins at 10 am and ends 90 minutes after the game is over (bring a source of light as the parking lot gets a little dark.)

  • The 2012 parking fee was $8 per space you'd like to occupy.  In the past, we have purchased 2 parking passes per game-one for our vehicle and one to set up our canopy, chairs, table, cooking gear (small gas grills are perfect), corn-hole etc.
  • Do not bring anything in glass, kegs or items needing to be secured to the ground.  These items are not allowed.  Plastic milk containers filled with gravel and attached with bungee cords make great hold-downs for your canopy on the asphalt lot as the wind does kick up from time to time.
  • Plan to bring whatever you want to eat and drink for your family, your student & their guests - if you have food & they will come!   It is a great opportunity to host your student's friends who live farther away and cannot have their family in attendance.
  • In the past we have found that if we got there between 8 and 9 am, set up, cook breakfast or lunch, the band finishes their rehearsal shortly after and our son can join us for a bite to eat before having to be back in uniform for pre-game.   At the conclusion of the game, you can start round 2 of the cooking and eating.  (If you arrive early, it is nice to be there to watch the band rehearse on the field before the game starts.)
  • When it gets cold out remember to dress warmly, bring sides for your canopy, and maybe a portable heater.  Warm drinks like hot chocolate and coffee keep you in a cold-weather football mood and will usually be appreciated by your marcher & his/her friends.
  • Parents have made posters or banners that they display at their tailgating site stating that "You are a Proud Parent of a BUMB member!"  It's a great conversation starter with the other fans. 
  • Don't forget your camera!


There are no tailgating opportunities during basketball season.    In the past, two (2) tickets may be reserved for family/friends of those who perform with the Basketball Band during a particular game - in limited quantities.  Your student will have information on how to obtain these tickets as well if they are a part of the BUBB (Butler University Basketball Band.)

There are opportunities to help the bands by donating water, helping with "feeding events" or transporting equipment from place to place.  If you have any questions, need directions, lodging information or if you would like to hear of the ways you can help the bands,PLEASE EMAIL US! 

We would love to meet & host band parents at our tailgate site…we will be under a  "Butler canopy"  this season with our Butler flag flying high…Looking forward to seeing everyone soon.  Please email us so we may get your email address and we will relay any important information on upcoming parent/band events!

Thank you for supporting your band & band members!  We sincerely appreciate you!


Brian & Tammy Johnson, unofficial Presidents of the unofficial BUMB Parent Organization 2013

Kokomo, Indiana

Fall picnic for new band members ~ View Volunteer Information

Each fall past members of the Butler University Marching Band host a picnic for new members on a late-August Sunday afternoon at the conclusion of the 2-day Sat/Sun "Band Camp." Band alumni are needed to plan, shop, setup, cook and tear down this event. This is also a wonderful opportunity for the new members of the band to meet those who have preceded them in the creation of the BUMB, and hear stories of past exploits and performances. If you would like to help in any way contact the band's alumni chair for this event - Jen Huber at (317) 788-2136,

BUMB Parents "Pit-Crew" ~ View Volunteer Information

Collegiate bands do not enjoy the amazing armies of high school band parents that assist with the set ups of equipment for marching band field performances, but that does not mean there is not a need. With drum major podiums, a front ensemble of 10 performers on marimbas, xylophones and electronic instruments and a sizable colorguard there is much to do to get a BUMB performance set up and ready to go. If you would like to help in the creation of this new "BUMB Parents Pit-Crew" contact David McCullough, Director of Athletic Bands at (317) 940-9876,

Band Alumni Listerv Manager ~ View Volunteer Information

One of the best ways to stay informed of the activities of Butler's marching and basketball bands is to enroll in the band-alumni listserv. Here is how. Simply send an email to: with the following in the message body - subscribe band-alumni "your name" (put your first and last name in quotes)

If you need any assistance subscribing, or if you would like to assist with the management of the band-alumni database please contact Craig Stanley, current band-alumni listserv manager at (317) 940-9668,

Video recording and photography ~ View Volunteer Information

For many years, extending back in to the 40's, Butler has made video and audio recordings of its marching and basketball bands. Photographs of the bands are used in campus publications, and for recruiting pieces. Current alumni like photographer Tom Fischer (BU '75) and DVD editor Jonathan McCullough (BU '04) are already involved, but they could use assistance. If you would like to videotape or photograph any of our bands, or assist in the conversion of VHS taped performances into DVDs please contact Jonathan McCullough, chair of the Athletic Bands DVD Project at (317) 840-8488,

Recruiting letters to prospective band members ~ View Volunteer Information

Students with music, marching and colorguard experience need to be identified and contacted so that they are well informed as to the advantages of band participation. We are asking you, depending on your comfort level, to speak with prospective students who live hear you, author letters to prospective students or supply quotations about your experiences in the Butler band program that can be used on the web sites and in recruiting pieces. Contact David McCullough, Director of Athletic Bands at (317) 940-9876,

Break Game Performance Opportunities ~ View Volunteer Information

Come back and play your instrument for basketball "break games" Each year Butler's basketball teams play games that occur during university breaks, and many of the current band members use these opportunities to go home. Providing music when school is not is session would be very difficult if it weren't for the number of alumni who come to help us. We provide music, simply rehearse for a short time before the game, and then "have at it!" Once the basketball schedules are created, and the "break games" identified, anyone who still loves to play their instrument is welcome to come. And for helping the band and the teams, alumni who come to play are admitted free to the games. Contact David McCullough, Director of Athletic Bands at (317) 940-9876,

Office and equipment assistance ~ View Volunteer Information

The Athletic Bands Office, 316 Atherton Union, is open and working year round. Alumni are invited to donate hours, either on a scheduled-weekly or as-available status, to assist in operation and work of the band office or with the supervision and maintenance of the uniforms and instrument inventory. The marching and basketball bands are the largest portion of Butler's six-ensemble band program and assistance is both needed and appreciated. Contact David McCullough, Director of Athletic Bands at (317) 940-9876,