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Partner School Program

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Photo of BCMB Partner School Members during the Band Camp Harbor Cruise

You don't have to go to BC to be in the Band!

The Boston College Marching Band 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, MCPHS, Northeastern, Suffolk, and Wentworth, among other schools, the opportunity to perform on a national stage and be an integral part of a Division I football program. Over the past two decades, nearly 100 non-BC students have participated in The BC Bands through this program, forming a continuous Band community that stretches across Boston.



How much of a time commitment is Band/how will I balance it with school?

A. At the end of the summer, members arrive early for 10 days of band camp. During the Academic Semester, the Marching Band rehearses every Tuesday and Thursday night from 7 PM to 10 PM. Additionally, members perform at every home football game.  See Current Performance Schedule

How many Partner School members are there?

A. Currently there are over 20 members from other schools including Emerson College, Berklee College, Northeastern University, MCPHS, and Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Is Band different for a Partner School member vs. a student from BC?

A. There are no differences between a Partner School Member and a member from Boston College. Everyone has a great experience!

How will I balance Band Camp with my orientation?

A. Incoming freshman are allowed to attend orientation at their own schools. If it conflicts with the band camp schedule, just talk to your section leader or an executive board member.

Where do I would stay during Band Camp and how I would move into my own school?

A. During Band Camp, Partner School students are assigned an upperclassman that will give you a place to stay throughout Band Camp until move in day at your school.

What is the best way to get to Boston College via the MBTA?

A. The best way to get to Boston College is by taking the Green line, either the B line or the D line. If you take the B line, get off at Boston College. If you take the D line, get off at the Reservoir stop and transfer over to the Boston College Shuttle Bus that runs frequently. You can track the BC Shuttle via the "TransLoc" app. Often Partner School members from different schools will connect along the way to rehearsals so the students can commute together.



Dominic (Berklee): “What I would recommend to those considering joining is that transitioning to college is tough, and many of you will think that you will not be able to handle adding a commitment like Marching Band. My parents said the same thing, but when I left my family for school I got a new one in the BCMB. They kept me organized, they supported me, and they let me be myself. I look back and realize that all of my concerns about joining Marching Band were wrong, and I would recommend to those considering joining that if you already considering it, you would only be holding yourself back if you said no. You have no idea what you would be missing out on.” 

Joelle (Suffolk): “I’ve been in the Boston College Marching Band since my freshman year of college and couldn’t imagine my college experience without this organization. I’ve had the opportunity to perform a halftime show in Fenway Park, march down the streets of Dublin, Ireland, and play “The Stars & Stripes Forever” with the Boston Pops Orchestra. I’ve made lasting friendships with fellow band members that live and go to school throughout the city of Boston. I’ve never felt out of place in the BCMB, even though I’m not a BC student. I’ve also been able to gain valuable leadership skills from the Band that I’ve been able to implement into organizations at Suffolk University.”

Gabe (UMass Boston): "Being a Partner School member with the BCMB has been a great experience throughout the past year. What makes this program so awesome is how equal you are to everyone else. Everyone in the group has the same fair and equal chance whether you audition to be a Drum Major, Section Leader, E-board or anything else [BC Bands] offers. Something else that makes this program so great is that if you have any sort of school event and are unable to make it to rehearsal, the instructors are very flexible and understanding. My favorite quality about being a partner school member though is how easy it can be meeting new friends; whether you go to BC or not, everyone there is trying to meet new people and make new friends, and the experiences and memories you make with these people are what is so amazing about the BCMB and the partner school program."