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Welcome to the Butler University Athletic Bands Website!  Home of the Butler University Marching Band and Colorguard (BUMB) and the Butler University Basketball Band (BUBB). We are ALWAYS looking for talented performers on wind and percussion instruments, electric guitar, bass guitar, synth and electronic keyboards, flag/colorguard, as well as twirlers! We want YOU to be a part of this exciting and fun group, and our experienced band staff will help in any way possible to make that happen!

Butler University Athletic Bands – Join the Family

Why Join a College Marching Band?

The BUMB is a great way to find lasting friendships and build your musicianship, and participation fulfills your core Physical Well Being (PWB) requirement. You have to take a gym class sometime, and you receive a $100.00 tuition reduction for participating in the BUMB. No other gym class at Butler does that! The time commitment of the BUMB is also less than that of other PWB courses since class stops at the end of football season.

When Does the Band Rehearse?

Rehearsals are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. Most of our rehearsals take place in the Tennis Bubble Parking lot behind the Butler Bowl and adjacent to Apartment Village. Our season ends approximately six weeks before finals, so rehearsal times get put back into your "I decide how to use it" schedule just when you need it most!

When Is Band Camp?

Our Band Camp for the 2018 Season is the week before Welcome Week!  We are going to have a 3-Day Leadership Weekend from August 10 - 12, 2018.  Full Camp runs from August 13 - 17. This Band Camp will allow the auxiliaries to prepare for the season and allow First-Year Students to acclimate to campus life and the Butler Way.   


Once you register for the University Marching Band Class we will e-mail out the music for the season: Warm-Up Technique, School Songs, as well as Halftime and Stands Tunes.  You will have a running start to all of our literature - doing so helps us get started with a good solid sound and saves on rehearsal time! 

Is There a Pep Band?

The Basketball Band (BUBB) has more than 100 members and contains some of Butler's most enthusiastic fans. The 80+ song playlist for the group contains pieces from many genres including music from the 50's to now, Ska, Swing, Pop, and Rock & Roll among others. The BUBB follows the Butler basketball teams during postseason play and supported our Bulldogs through their historic national championship runs in 2010 and 2011.  In 2011, Butler was the defending Final Four "Battle of the Bands" Champion after having won that distinction in 2010.

For more information on joining BUBB, email the Band office at: To join Marching Band and be on the early track to the Butler Basketball Band, enroll in PWB140 or ES119/319. The first BUBB rehearsal of each season will be in late September to early October. The date and time will be posted in the Connection, and schedules will be available outside of the band office (AU316) in late September.

How Do I Join?

Register for band and colorguard/flagline (PWB 140) during your New Student Registration visit to campus. Remember the band when you're planning your schedule. It's easier to build fun into your academic routine right from the beginning than to change your class schedule later!  Be sure to fill out our online Contact Card!