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Dartmouth College Marching Band

This is not your high school marching band! Founded in 1889, the oldest in the Ivy League, the Dartmouth College Marching Band celebrates the Ivy League tradition “scatter bands,” which means the band marches onto the field, then “scatters” into formations while a member reads from a student-written script. The DCMB is an integral part of many Dartmouth sporting events including football, basketball, hockey and even rugby. 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 inspire the crowd and the team by playing tunes in the stands, and take 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!

To join the DCMB, you don’t need much musical experience, but you do need a lot of enthusiasm, plus black marching shoes and a white button down shirt (we provide the rest and can help you get the other parts if needed). The band has a complete supply of instruments for students to use while performing, so don’t worry about that either. Membership in the DCMB entitles you to perform at all Dartmouth home (and some away) football games, march with pride in pre-game parades, play in the stands at home hockey and basketball games, travel to exotic places UNH, Yale, Columbia, Harvard, Brown, and Princeton (depending on the football schedule), sing the Alma Mater in Times Square, and take part in band social events throughout the year.

Ready to join the DCMB? Visit the Marching Band’s website to learn more, meet the student directorate, see the DCMB in action and get more information on our rehearsal and performance schedule for the season.

Advisor: Daniel Buchner, Interim Director of the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble


Wednesdays, 4–6 pm
Hartman Rehearsal Room

Fridays, 5–7 pm
On Memorial Field


Auditions not required. Placement interviews are held during first rehearsal.
For more information contact Daniel Buchner, Interim Director of the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble at 603.646.3631 or daniel.f.buchner@dartmouth.edu


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