The Stony Brook Athletic Bands program is comprised of The Spirit of Stony Brook Marching Band & Varsity Band. The program has more than 200 academically-driven students with a passion for music, spirit, and community. The instrumentation of the band consists of piccolo/flute, clarinet, alto and tenor saxophone, trumpet, mellophone, trombone, baritone/euphonium, sousaphone, marching percussion (snare, tenors, bass, cymbals; we do not have a pit / front ensemble), color guard (flags only), and one feature twirler. 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). The band rehearses two-three times per week, on Mondays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, Thurdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, and select Fridays (usually on home football game weeks) from 4:00pm to 6:00pm in preparation for all home football games on select Saturdays in the Fall. All rehearsals and performances are mandatory unless otherwise specified.
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 and in the Varisty Band at every home basketball game and select other athletics events. 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 Preseasons Rehearsals (band camp) in August, usually the week before the fall semester begins. During Presason, members move in early and rehearse to prepare for the upcoming season.
In the spring, students perform with The Spirit of Stony Brook Varsity Band at all of the men’s and women’s home basketball games in Island Federal 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 steps, and the full band performs an annual Spring Concert in Island Federal Arena.
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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