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Marching and Athletics Bands FAQ

Do I have to be a music major to participate in the Bengal Marching Band?

No! There is a place for students from all majors in the Bengal Marching Band.

In addition to important musical contributions, students from other majors provide balance, perspective, and "outside the box" thinking that has helped our organization to be so successful.

How often does the Bengal Marching Band rehearse?

We spend a week of rehearsal (Bengal Band Camp) prior to the start of school. We begin learning important musical and visual basics, as well as halftime and pre-game shows. This is also a time for socializing (outside of rehearsal) and bonding as a team. After the start of school, The Bengal Marching Band meets Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 12:00 PM to 1:50 PM and on game-day Saturdays. Our rehearsals take place inside the Holt Arena, where it never rains, snows, or hails.

Can I live in a residence hall during band camp?

Yes. Arrangements are made each year for students living in residence halls. Early move in is permitted before the start of camp, and dining services are also available.

How much is being a band member going to cost?

Unlike many other college and high school marching bands, fees to participate in the Bengal Marching Band are very low. Students are only responsible for purchasing personal items such as shoes, gloves, and band shirt.

There is no cost for band camp or meals provided during camp. There is also no fee when we travel; in fact, we give all band members money for food during any trip.

I'm really interested in joining or getting more information - what do I do now?

Contact Dr. Kloss to get on the list.  He will send you information and answer any questions that you have.

Do I have to register for marching band as a class?

Yes, but in some circumstances we can make other arrangements. Marching band is a class (and has grades).  You should register for MUSP 1179.

What about the Colorguard?

The Colorguard are all members of the Bengal Marching Band, and should register for MUSP 1179.  Students should sign up for a scholarship audition (isu.edu/music) but there is no formal audition for the guard.  We will typically send you the fight song over the summer to learn before you arrive.  All guard members receive the band scholarship.  Flags and uniform tops will be provided.  We typically provide jackets as well.