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TCF Bank Stadium
420 23rd Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Who "We Are"

pride of mn

"Founded in the Faith that Men are Ennobled by Understanding
Dedicated to the Advancement of Learning and the Search for Truth
Devoted to the Instruction of Youth and the Welfare of the State"

- The inscription above the entrance of Northrop Auditorium, 1924 - 1935

These are the words that inspire us to be the best version of ourselves in everything we do to represent the University and the great state of Minnesota.


The Drumline provides a percussive energy which enhances the sounds and cheers of the University of Minnesota Marching Band. Our performances include Football Games, Parades, Athletic Pep Bands for many other Gopher teams, two annual Indoor Concerts and much more.

The instrumentation of the Drumline is comprised of:

  • 8 Snares
  • 6 Multi-Tenors
  • 6 Bass Drums
  • 10 Cymbals

Click here to see the most current roster.

The Drumline is also registered as a student group at the University of Minnessota Twin Cities Campus. Click here if you absoultely need to know our official student group description.

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How we do it

We typically have two open rehearsals avaiblable to all interested in auditioning followed by a day of Auditions in Mid-Spring and a two day weekend rehearsal in August before Spat Camp.

The Marching Band season officially begins with Spat Camp, our Band Camp, which starts in late August and ends Labor Day weekend.

When Fall semester classes begin, the band typically meets Monday through Thursday from 4:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Additional rehearsals are held on Friday afternoon and Saturday mornings before all home football games. Rehearsals avoid conflicts with most classes and allow residence hall students ample time to attend evening meals.

The Drumline has an additional rehearsal on Wednsday nights from 7pm - 10pm. It is important not to schedule anything during this time.

Please visit the Marching Band website for more details.

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Our Equipment

Snare Tenors Bass 1 Cymbals
innovative percussion

Field Series


Field Series


Marching Bass Drum



with underlay


with Crimplock





14" x 12"



6", 10", 12", 13", 14"



18", 20", 22", 24", 26", 28"


zildjian       18" A Zildjian Stadium

1 The University of Minnesota Marching Band exclusively plays Zildjian Cymbals.

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Spat Camp

Spat Camp is the intensive, in-residence preparation camp where students learn music and marching fundamentals and marks the official start of the Marching Band season.

Camp typically lasts 12 - 14 days and runs from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm with meal breaks for lunch and dinner.

Students can reside in one of the East Bank Campus residence halls during Spat Camp. Registration materials are mailed in by a late June deadline to prospective members. A nominal fee covers the cost of housing, meals, and social activities during camp. Please write or call the Marching Band Office at 612-624-2514 if you need registration materials or have questions. Send e-mail inquiries to ubands@umn.edu.

Please visit the Marching Band website for more details.

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Registration and Freshman Orientation

New students must attend University orientation before Spat Camp begins. Students who are assigned orientation dates during the Spat Camp period should contact their college representative and ask to have their orientation rescheduled.

New students should register for MUS 3480 which carries two academic credits. Part-time students can register through the College of Continuing Education and Extension. Please call 612-625-3333 for more information.

Spat Camp registration materials will be mailed to all interested students in early June. For more information call the Marching Band Office at 612-624-2514.

Please visit the Marching Band website for more details.

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Athletic Bands

The pep bands for men's hockey and basketball are offshoots of the Marching Band. The women's athletics pep band is open to any interested University student. Auditions for all pep bands will be held in September. The bands rehearse once per week. Please visit Athletic Pep Bands for more information.

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Special Events

Homecoming weekend festivities include a bonfire, coronation, a pepfest on Friday, a parade and a Football game on Saturday.

The Annual Indoor Concerts offer Marching Band fans the opportunity to enjoy the band's lively and spirited performances up close. The University of Minnesota Marching Band was the first Marching Band to perform an indoor concert in the world (1961, Dr. Frank Bencriscuitto). This genre and tradition has spread to many schools accross the globe.

Each year the band also performs at least once special concert off campus. Various events such as Band Parents' Day and the annual Marching Band Banquet bring marching band members together.

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Who is doing this?

Membership in the Marching Band is open to all interested students. Like all other band ensembles, Marching Band must be taken for credit. Students register for the class along with their other academic classes, MUS 3480.

Currently over 20 different majors are represented by members of the Marching Band, with 50% currently representing the College of Liberal Arts, 25% from the Institute of Technology, and 10% from both the Carlson School of Management and the College of Biological Sciences.

Being in Marching Band can make your college experience more fun and you will become a member of an elite family and support system making the University seem smaller than the small city it is.

Please visit the Marching Band website for more details.

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Membership in the Marching Band is open to all interested students. Like all other band ensembles, Marching Band is an academic class taken for credit. All interested students are invited to join the band, and everyone who signs up for Marching Band becomes a member; although Drumline positions are earned through auditions. Please visit Auditions for more information.

If you're interested, complete the Marching Band Join Form to get started.

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