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Athletics at Butler

Marching Band, Basketball Band and the Concert Bands & Jazz Ensembles

Marching Band

The Butler University Marching Band (BUMB), directed by Dr. Matthew Smith, is one of the university's most visible ensembles and is truly the "Spirit Center" of the band program and the campus. Flags, twirlers, and instrumentalists combine their talents to thrill the audiences at the Butler Bowl and cheer on the Bulldogs.

Credit & Tuition Reduction

Marching Band counts as a core Physical Well Being (PWB) requirement and comes with a $100 tuition remission for each semester of participation. The band rehearses 6 hours per week and is a welcome break from the academic day for students of nearly every academic discipline.

BUMB Season

The marching band season normally ends in mid-November leaving students with ample time to prepare for finals at the end of the semester. The marching band is open to students of all majors. Students need only a pair of all-black marching shoes. Uniforms, guard equipment and instruments (if needed) are provided. More information can be found on the Forms and Resources Page.

Basketball Band

The Basketball Band has over 100 members and contains Butler's most enthusiastic fans. The BUBB play list contains a variety of songs and produces a sound best described as a "50's-90's Ska/Swing/Rock & Roll band." 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.

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.

Symphonic Band

In the Fall of 2017, the School of Music launched a second concert band, the Butler University Symphonic Band (BUSB) conducted by Dr. Matthew J. Smith and Dr. Brian N. Weidner.  This ensemble rehearses twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:45-7:45 pm and performs twice per semester. Non-music majors are welcome and encouraged to participate.  


Seating in the ensemble is based on auditions that occur at the beginning of each semester. Please direct any inquiries about BUSB to Dr. Matthew J. Smith ( or Dr. Brian N. Weidner ( 

The Symphonic Band website can be found here.

Wind Ensemble & Jazz Bands

For information on our outstanding concert bands and jazz ensembles visit please visit the School of Music.