Eli R. Osterloh, Interim Director
Craig G. Potter, Interim Assistant Director
The Mighty Sound of Maryland provides a college experience like no other, performing at every home football game, traveling to at least one away game per year, and creating the loudest and most dedicated Terrapin cheering section anywhere! Members of the Mighty Sound of Maryland play every time the band performs, and all majors are welcomed - both music and non-music majors. Our 250+ members represent every academic college and department at UMD. Marching Band provides the opportunity to stay involved in music and to perform in front of 50,000 people, plus the close ties shared by band members can make a large campus feel much smaller. You will always see a familiar face around campus.
The Mighty Sound of Maryland boasts a proud tradition of excellence. We work hard to be "The Best Band in the Land," but we have fun doing it. Enhance your collegiate experience - be a part of the tradition!
For membership information, complete the Band contact form.
What are the benefits?
- Orientation to College Life Each new member has a "Band Buddy" who is there to help new members get acclimated to the band, campus life, and classes.
- Academic Excellence Despite the busy schedule of marching band season, most members find that their fall grades are best because they manage their time better.
- One Word: Travel Where else will you get to travel around the country cheering your team with 250 friends AND receive academic credit for it?
- Lifetime Memories & Life-Long Friendships You won't find this experience anywhere else. Marching Band is the only class you can participate in every semester with the same people for your entire college career.
How to Join
Marching Band is a 2-credit course. Ask your advisor to sign you up for 2 of the following classes:
MUSC 229F Everyone
MUSC 229G Instrumentalists
MUSC 229I Guard and Dancers
Marching season begins one week before school starts. Students move in early, get adjusted to campus life, meet new people, and make new friends. We learn drill and music and most importantly the pride and traditions of being a member of the Mighty Sound of Maryland!
Guard and Dance Team
Guard provides the visual flare that adds finishing touches to the Marching Band through flag work combined with dance moves. No auditions are required. Just register for two classes: MUSC229F (marching field practice), and MUSC229I (Guard sectional).
As with the rest of Marching Band, Guard practice starts a week prior to the first day of classes with Early Week. Once classes start, the band and silks have outdoor practices Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 3 to 5 p.m. Guard has sectional practice at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. On game-day weekends the Guard and Marching Band perform both pre-game and half-time shows at Maryland Stadium.
The Maryland Dance Team is an independent squad that incorporates styles of funk, jazz, cheer dance, and poms to perform at home football and basketball games with the Marching Band and Pep Band.
For information on tryouts, practices, and events, visit the Dance Team website at www.umddanceteam.com.
See also, Basketball Pep Band