Marching Band - "The Thunder of the East"

Join the UB Marching Band and you’ll be right in the middle of the action as you bring the sights and sounds of the band to life.

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Celebrating 100 Years of Spirit

100th Anniversary logo for the band: 100 years of spirit 1920-2020.
Endowment Fund

Gifts to the band help support new experiences, educational and social opportunities, travel expenses and more. Consider a gift to ensure the future of the Marching Band.

How to Join the Band

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

Pre-Reqs Join Earn Credit Camp Practice & Perform

Marching Band

  • Experience: Experience playing a band instrument in high school  is required. You do not need to have experience marching.
  • Auditions: No auditions are required to join the band. 
  • Major: Anyone can join the band, regardless of your major.

Color Guard

  • Experience: Experience tossing a flag is required. You do not need to have experience marching or performing. 
  • Auditions: No auditions are required to join the Color Guard.

Dazzlers Dance Team

  • Experience: Experience as a dancer and/or cheerleader is typically required.
  • Auditions: Auditions are required to join the Dazzlers Dance Team.

Make Friends, Make Music, Make Memories

See Us at Accepted Students Day and Orientation

Look for Marching Band representatives who can answer your questions, talk with you about the band, and give you a membership packet.

Sections of the Band

Learn more about your section, including information about instruments you can borrow at no charge.

Instrumental Sections

Some experience playing a band instrument is required. However, no auditions are required to join the band, and you can join the band regardless of your major.

Dancers and Color Guard

Some experience is typically required.

Pep Band (Spring Semester)

You can also choose to participate in Pep Band, which performs throughout the spring semester at basketball games and other events.

Thank You Marching Band Endowment Donors

Through crowdfunding, the Thunder of the East Marching Band is writing the next chapter of its storied history. Thank you to the following donors, who have helped establish the UB Marching Band Endowment Fund (as of 9/25/2020):

  • Donny Allen
  • Remo Apuzzo
  • Kenneth Asher
  • Ronald Balter
  • Robin Barber
  • Tyler Bauer
  • Melanie Bliz
  • Mark Busch
  • Jude Butch
  • Lori Chiarilli
  • Don Conover
  • Lori Defranco
  • Jaclyn DeGolia
  • Erin Dengler
  • Dimitra Dimeck
  • Charles Erckert
  • David Evans
  • Phyllis Floro
  • Ronald Frey
  • William Gardiner
  • Joe Giarrizzo
  • Carol Gloff
  • Paul & Lindsey Hallman
  • John Kinney
  • William Krone
  • LaManna Family
  • John & Kelly Lambert
  • Kristin Manhardt
  • Carmella Marinaccio
  • James Mauck
  • Josef Mazeiko
  • Sharon Mitchell
  • Thomas O'Connor
  • Kaitlyn O’Rourke


  • Jack Prybylski
  • Linda Ramsey
  • Jill Rexinger-Kuhn
  • West Richter
  • Barbara Ricotta
  • Ginger Rinaldo
  • Eric Rochman
  • Dan Ryan
  • Metin Sarci
  • Susan Snyder
  • Pamela Stephens-Jackson
  • Amanda Tyson-Ryba
  • Christine VanNostran
  • Nancy Weinberg
  • Mary Lou Wiltberger & Jim Santella
  • Harvey Winokur


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UB Marching Band

Student Engagement

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

Phone: (716) 645-6469

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