The Stony Brook Athletic Bands program is comprised of The Spirit of Stony Brook Marching Band & Pep Band and is directed by Dr. Chris Parks. The program has more than 200 academically driven students with a passion for music, spirit, and community. The band is split between woodwind, brass, color guard, and drumline. The band includes members from almost 20 states across the country and has had international students from South Korea and China. The Band provides the opportunity to continue making music and to be part of an exciting, dynamic organization.
Each semester students enroll in MUS 268, a one credit course that is either the Marching Band in the Fall, or Pep Band in the Spring. Each semester, the band meets Mondays from 7-9 p.m. and Fridays from 4-6 p.m.
In the fall, students in the Stony Brook Athletic Bands program perform in the Spirit of Stony Brook Marching Band at every home football game. The Marching Band utilizes a modified straight-leg marching technique. At each home football game, the band performs a Pregame show and Halftime show in Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. These shows incorporate music and visual drill. The band also parades through the parking lot tailgates before each game and cheers and plays from the stands during the game. Depending on the team’s schedule, the band might travel to away football games.
To prepare for the marching season, all members must attend Band Camp in August, the week before the fall semester begins. During Band Camp, members meet their sections, get acquainted with the university and learn the music and drill for the first halftime show.
In the spring, students perform with The Spirit of Stony Brook Pep Band at all of the men’s and women’s home basketball games in the Island Federal Credit Union Arena. During the spring semester, a select group of students also travels to support both teams in the America East Conference Tournament in March. If the team wins this tournament, a small group of students will also travel to the NCAA tournament to support the team during March Madness. In April, the Color Guard and Drumline perform a combined Showcase for the campus community on the Staller Terrace.
The Athletic Bands program is comprised of students who want to make the most of their college experience. Our students are motivated to succeed in the classroom and they strive to make an impact on student life. They are successful and often regarded as some of the most spirited students on campus.
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