How to Join Butler Athletic Bands
Membership in the Butler University Marching Band (BUMB) can be
like a home away from home. The BUMB is definitely an
exciting experience that you will never forget. It's also the
quickest way to meet 130+ friends before classes even begin!
We highly encourage you to consider joining. Along with the
thrill of performing, as a member of BUMB you are able to:
- Fulfill your Physical Well Being core requirement.
- Receive a $100 tuition reduction.
Anyone interested in joining the Butler University
Marching Band needs to follow these steps:
- Complete the contact
- Remember to add the class "PWB-140-01" to your
fall schedule when you register for classes.
- Log into the New Members Blackboard Site to get music and
warm-up exercises. Here's how to do this.
The New Members Blackboard Site will provide you access to sheet
music, exercises, addition recordings, and membership
information. If you are unable to complete the online contact
form, or access the New Members Blackboard site please, email the
band office at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can
* One scheduling conflict of note: if you are a College of
Business freshman, you will need to take MG101 in the spring. The
fall sections force you to miss football games. Enrolling in
the spring section avoids this conflict.
While joining the Marching Band is not a requirement to be in
Basketball Band, it does provide an inside track. BUBB
rehearsals and performances begin in October and continue
throughout the basketball season. The first BUBB rehearsal is
listed on the marching bands schedule, located on the forms and
resources page of this site.
The BUMB horn-line marches with piccolos, clarinets, alto
saxophones, tenor saxophones, baritone saxophones, trumpets,
mellophones, trombones, baritones, and sousaphones. Auditions
are not yet required for membership in the hornline. All
interested students will have the opportunity to perform with
BUMB. Due to a limited number of some instruments and the
need to design drills over the summer, some shows will include only
a predetermined number of performers on each instrument.
Music excerpts, exercises and suggested "Preseason Technique
Training Program" are available in the "Athletic Bands New Members"
area. Complete the contact
form to gain access!
The color guard typically utilizes flags, air blades, and dance
(Rifle and sabre may also be included at times). The guard
generally follows the same rehearsal schedule as the rest of the
band. Previous movement/dance experience is desirable, but not
required. In fact, some of our strongest performers did not
pick up a flag until coming to Butler.
Additional information on the guard can be found on the forms and
resources page of this site, and don't forget to complete the
Due to diverse nature of marching percussion and the increasing
number of interested students, members of the drumline will undergo
placement auditions during the first few days of Welcome Week
In addition to the typical battery -- snare, multi-tenor, and
bass sections -- our line includes a group of high-energy (read
CRAZY, FUN, AND ENERGETIC) cymbalists. While cymbal/drumming
experience is a plus, anyone who is interested is encouraged to
Information on auditioning for the drumline can be found in the
"Athletic Bands New Members" area. Complete the contact
form to gain access!
Students attending the Butler University Snare and Tenor Camp (featuring Jeff Queen
& Bill Bachman) may complete their audition at that time
if desired. Marching band students are eligible to attend this camp
at a reduced fee by completing the Snare and
Tenor Camp Reduced Tuition Form (PDF).
The BUMB Front Ensemble is the stationary section of the band
made up of a rhythm section (piano, bass, and guitar), and the Pit
consisting of several accessory percussionists and a mallet
keyboard section (marimbas, vibraphones, xylophone, and
bells). This group is usually a mix of percussion majors,
other "true percussionists," and those who primarily play other
Exercises and audition information is available in the "Athletic
Bands New Members" area. Complete the contact
form to gain access!