Marching Band

Perform for thousands of cheering fans. Travel to NCAA tournaments and football games. Make lifelong friends as you promote UB throughout the community. Whether you want to play an instrument, dance or toss a flag, there’s a place for you here.

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All Majors Welcome

You can join any part of the band regardless of your major. You don’t have to be a music major to participate. 

Incoming Freshmen

If you’re coming to Orientation, look for Marching Band representatives who can give you a membership packet and talk with you about joining the band.

How to Participate

There are no auditions required to be a musician or Color Guard member in the UB Marching Band. All we require is some experience playing an instrument or tossing a flag. Auditions are only required for the Dazzlers Dance Team.

The following instructions apply to all members of the band, including Dazzlers and Color Guard. 

Step 1: Register to Join the Band

All new and returning students must register to join the band by completing the online registration form, available through UBLinked. Your completed registration form allows us to reserve housing if you’re living on campus, order food and make instrument accommodations, if needed.

Step 2: Register for Marching Band Class to Earn Academic Credit

During class registration, you are encouraged to register for marching band class: MUS 130 (2 credits). You can register through your HUB Student Center (via MyUB), or request assistance from your academic advisor during Orientation. If you have difficulty registering, please contact us.

Step 3. Attend Preseason Training Camp

All members of the band (including Color Guard and Dazzlers) are required to attend camp in early August. At camp, you’ll begin to rehearse, prepare for your first field show and enjoy many social activities. Information about band camp — including dates, check-in information and locations — will be posted on UBLinked when available.

Check Your UBmail

Make sure you activate your UBIT Name and learn how to check your UBmail (email). Your UBmail will be required to access and fill out online applications and forms throughout the year. We will also be sending you timely emails regarding upcoming news and events leading up to camp.

> Get started with your UBmail

Step 4: Attend Rehearsals, Games and Appearances

Typically, band members practice approximately 5-8 hours per week during the fall semester, and have 1-2 games or other appearances each week. UB Dazzlers will continue rehearsals and performances through the spring semester. Rehearsal days and times will be posted on UBLinked when available.

Ways to Participate


  • Bass drum
  • Cymbals
  • Snare drum
  • Tenor drum


  • Baritone
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Piccolo
  • Mellophone
  • Saxophone (alto and tenor)
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba (over the shoulder - no sousaphones)

Color Guard

All students are welcome to join the Color Guard.  If you’re an experienced Color Guard member or just starting out, we invite you to join the Color Guard, where you’ll play a key role in visual presentation of the band.

Dazzlers Dance Team

Continue your passion for dance as you entertain crowds throughout football and basketball season (fall and spring). The Dazzlers incorporate pom, jazz and hip-hop dance styles while performing at athletic events, pep rallies, open houses, alumni gatherings and charity events. Auditions are required.

Pep Band

As a member of the Marching Band, you can also choose to participate in Pep Band, which performs throughout the spring semester at basketball games and other events.

Need to Borrow an Instrument?

We have many instruments available for our members to use at no charge. If you need to borrow an instrument for the season, please indicate this when you complete your band registration form. 

Performance Schedule and Request a Performance

Upcoming Performances

Performance schedule is available on UBLinked.

Notable Past Performances

  • Performed for the President of the United States
  • Traveled to Boise, Idaho to perform in support of our UB Bulls football bowl appearance
  • Supported our men’s basketball team as they won the MAC Basketball Championship in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Performed at the NCAA Tournament in Columbus, Ohio to support the men’s basketball team
Request a Performance

The Thunder of the East Marching Band, Pep Band, Drumline and Dazzlers perform at athletic events, music festivals, parades, community concerts and other events throughout the year.

> View the Request a Performance Form

Band Staff

  • James Mauck, Director of Athletic Bands
  • Jack Prybylski, Assistant Director of Athletic Bands
  • Joseph Giarrizzo, Announcer and Music Instructor
  • Zachary Legler, Low Brass and Marching Instructor
  • Kacy Dolan, High Brass and Marching Instructor
  • Melanie Warren, Head Coach - Dazzler Dance Team
  • Andrew Haley, Percussion Instructor
  • Tara Dragowski, Twirler Coach

Current student officer information is available on our UBLinked page.

UB Marching Band

Campus Life

Student Life

University at Buffalo
150 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2055