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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join/Do I get academic credit for being in the Marching Band?
 Membership is open to  all Stony Brook University students. In order to become an official member, you must register for MUS 268 (1 credit) on Stony Brook's SOLAR system. Marching Band and Pep Band are each one-credit letter-graded courses.
Do I have to be a music major to be a member of the Spirit of Stony Brook?
 Absolutely not. In fact only 10 members from the fall 2016/spring 2017 band were music majors. That's only 5% of the entire marching band. More than 50 different majors are represented across the band.
Do I need to audition to become a member?
 No, the athletic bands are for everyone. This includes winds, Drumline and Color Guard.
What if I've never marched before?
 No problem! Previous marching experience is not required. Our Drum Majors and Leadership team will teach you everything you need to know at Band Camp.
What is Band Camp?
 Band Camp is a set of rehearsals the week before classes begin where all members learn and practice our marching style, rehearse music and learn the Pregame and Halftime shows. held the week prior to the first day of the fall semester.  More information about Band Camp. 
What does the band provide and what do I need to provide?
 We provide all instruments needed for the band including Drumline equipment, sousaphones, marching baritones, mellophones, trombones, trumpets, saxophones, clarinets, flutes and piccolos, all for FREE. If you own your own instrument you can and are strongly encouraged to use it. The band also provides uniform essentials including, T-shirts, uniform jackets and pants, Color guard outfits, shakos, berets, gloves (for band and for Color Guard). All you have to provide are marching shoes (which can be purchased at Band Camp), long black socks and excitement for the season!
How often will we rehearse?
 The band rehearses twice each week - Mondays, 7:00pm - 9:00pm and Fridays, 4:00pm - 6:00pm. There will also be rehearsals on Saturday mornings before home football games. Home Football games are band days; the band rehearses and performs at multiple events throughout the day.   All rehearsals and performances are mandatory unless otherwise specified.
When and where does the band perform?
 The marching band performs a tailgate, Pregame, and Halftime show, and performs in the stands during all home football games in Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. The pep band performs at all home men's and women's basketball games in the Island Federal Credit Union Arena. Sometimes the band also travels to away games. Those bands selected by the director for the type of occasion. The band also performs at events on and off campus including New Student Convocation and Admitted Student Day.
Are there leadership opportunities for me within the band?
 Yes! The Stony Brook Athletic Bands program offers its members many different leadership opportunities. Those roles include drum major, captain, section leader, executive board member, committee co-chair, annual student staff, and summer student staff.
Will practice and performances take away from my studies?
 No. In fact, many of our members find their membership in the Band has helped them become more academically successful. That's because the marching band has more than 200 incredible members that represent more than 50 majors at Stony Brook University who are always there to lend a helping hand. Off the field, many members, no matter their year, study together and help each other with homework and projects 

The Athletic Band's staff understands that academics are the first priority of every member. We fully support all academic endeavors and Dr. Parks is always available to speak about academic concerns.

If your questions were not answered here, please feel free to contact us for more information.


Phone: 631-632-4815

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