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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 an exciting experience that you will never forget. It’s also the quickest way to meet new friends right when classes begin! We highly encourage you to consider joining. Along with the thrill of performing, as a member of BUMB you are able to both fulfill your PWB core requirement and receive a $100 tuition reduction.

Anyone interested in joining the Butler University Marching Band should follow these steps:

  1. Complete the contact form.
  2. Add the class “PWB-140-01” to your fall schedule when you register for classes.

While joining the Marching Band is not a requirement to be in Basketball Band, it does provide good experience that will carry over to BUBB. BUBB rehearsals and performances begin in October and continue throughout the basketball season. The first BUBB rehearsal is listed on the marching band schedule, located on the forms and resources page of this site.

Woodwind and Brass Sections

The BUMB hornline marches with piccolos, clarinets, alto saxophones, tenor saxophones, baritone saxophones, trumpets, mellophones, trombones, baritones, and sousaphones.  Auditions are not required for membership in the hornline. All interested students will have the opportunity to perform in BUMB.  Music excerpts, exercises, and will be e-mailed out to all registered students 2-3 weeks prior to Band Camp.

Color Guard

The color guard typically utilizes flags, rifles, and dance routines. Sabre may also be included at times. The guard 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 had never picked 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 contact form!


Due to the 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 rehearsals. In addition to the typical battery—snare, multi-tenor, and bass sections—our line includes a group of high-energy cymbalists. While cymbal/drumming experience is a plus, anyone who is interested is encouraged to take part.

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.

Front Ensemble

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 percussionists, and those who primarily play other instruments.

JCFA Auditions and Scholarships are NOT required for membership in athletic bands. Information for the School of Music may be found on the JCFA audition page.