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boston college bands: "screaming eagles" marching band

 

Q. Why should I join the Band?

A. As a member of the “Screaming Eagles” Marching Band, you will be a member of the largest and most visible organization on campus.  You’ll have the opportunity to be an integral part of the game day experience. 

As a freshman, you will arrive at campus early and meet nearly 200 other students from different backgrounds before classes begin. All members also have opportunities to travel with the Band and perform around the nation.

Q. Do I have to go to BC to be in the Band?

A. No. The BCMB has a program that allows members of Boston-area schools to participate in the organization. This program, known as the “Partner School” program, gives students from Berklee, Emerson, Emanuel, Northeastern, and Wentworth, among other schools, the opportunity to perform on a national stage and be an integral part of a Division I football program. (insert partner school page link here)

Q. Do I have to audition to be in the Band? How proficient do I need to be on my instrument?

A. No. Instrumentalists are not required to audition for the Marching Band. However, some playing experience is recommended. Our students come from a vast variety of musical backgrounds and experience levels. We encourage everyone to join! The ability to read music is highly recommended for all instrumentalists. Members frequently choose to learn new instruments to balance the ensemble sound. These students are given instruction and guidance throughout the process.

Once you arrive at Band Camp, section instructors will assign parts based on skill level. All Color Guard and Dance Team candidates must send in audition tapes. See the Color Guard and Dance Team pages for additional information.

Q. Do I have to know how to march to be in the Band?

A. No. Prior marching experience is not required to join the Band. In fact, many of our members have no marching experience before joining. Upon arrival at Band Camp, all new members undergo basic marching instruction.

Q. Do I have to play an instrument or be a visual performer to be a member of the Band?

A. No. Aside from musicians, color guard, and dancers, the Band employs several dedicated and hard-working managers without whom the Band could not function. If you’re interested in being a Band manager, contact the student executive board.

Q. Does the Bands program provide instruments to members?

A. Yes. The Bands office will provide sousaphones, baritones, mellophones, and piccolos. Some saxophones, trombones, and trumpets are also available on a limited basis. The Band provides all percussion equipment and instrument accessories.

Q. Do I need to be a music major to be in the Band?

A. No. The Marching Band does not require its members to be music majors. In fact, our members come from a variety of different majors. Nearly every major at the University is represented in the Band!

Q. How often does the band rehearse?

A. The BC Marching Band rehearses Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:45 to 10:00 p.m. during the Fall semester. Regular rehearsals begin the Tuesday after Labor Day and continue until the last day of the season. Field rehearsals take place on the football field in Alumni Stadium.

Q. When does Band Camp take place?

A. The 2014 Camp will begin on August 20st and continue until August 29th.  Members will move directly into their dorms at the beginning of Camp and will be provided a meal card for the duration. We encourage new members to take advantage of the opportunity to stay on Main Campus with an upperclassman for the first few days of Camp.

Q. Should I bring anything specific with me to Band Camp?

A. You will be sent an information packet later in the summer that details everything you will need for Band Camp.

Q. What music will the Band be playing next year?

A. The BC “Screaming Eagles” Marching Band performs two distinct shows during the course of the season. The Band will begin the 2014 season with a show entitled “The Sound of Music,” based off of the soundtrack of the 1965 classic film. The second show is based on the most popular Michael Jackson hits, including “Thriller.”

In addition to half-time performances, the Band also plays a variety of spirit music in the stands and at special pep rallies and performances. Fan favorites include “Sweet Caroline,” “Shipping Up to Boston,” along with the oldest fight song in the nation, “For Boston.”

Q. How is my Registration Fee used?

A. Your registration fee is used for Marching Band accessories, such as a BCMB hooded sweatshirt, t-shirt, baseball hat, winter knit cap, white gloves, maroon socks, and white marching drillmasters. A portion goes towards our social activities during the season, which include activities on Friday nights prior to performances and occasional pizza or ice cream nights following rehearsal.

Q. In what style does the Band march?

A. The Band performs its half-time and pregame routines corps style.