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The Dartmouth College Marching Band is an integral part of many Dartmouth sporting events. In the fall, we open every home football game with a parade through Hanover, concerts at alumni events, a show on the field, the national anthem, and the alma mater. During games we keep the crowd lively by playing tunes in the stands, and go on the field again at halftime. After the game, if Dartmouth wins, we celebrate by marching through the library playing our school fight songs. In the winter, we continue to play as the Pep Band!

This is not your high school marching band! Founded in 1889, the Dartmouth College Marching Band fits the tradition of Ivy League “scatter bands,” which means the band marches onto the field, then “scatters” into formations while a member reads from a student-written script. To join the DCMB, you don’t need musical experience, but you do need a lot of enthusiasm and, of course, black pants, black shoes, and a white turtleneck (Dartmouth provides the green blazers). Membership in the DCMB entitles you to perform at all Dartmouth home (and some away) football games; march in pre-game parades; play in the stands at home hockey and basketball games; travel to UNH, Yale, Columbia, Harvard, Brown, and Princeton (depending on the football schedule); sing the Alma Mater at the top of the Empire State Building; and take part in band social events throughout the year.

Advisor: Matthew M. Marsit

An active conductor and clarinetist, Matthew M. Marsit has lead ensembles and performed as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician throughout the Eastern United States. Read more .

Visit the Marching Band’s website to learn more, meet the student directorate and see the DCMB in action.

Wednesdays 4-6 pm
Hartman Rehearsal Room

Auditions not required. Placement interviews are held during first rehearsal.

For more information contact Matthew M. Marsit at 603.646.3631 or matthew.m.marsit@dartmouth.edu.