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Mustang Marching Band

Band members

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The Mustang Marching Band is the largest, most visible performing group on campus. The band is comprised of dedicated color guard, woodwind, brass and percussion players who provide entertainment at many Cal Poly athletic events. The Band maintains a very reasonable schedule of rehearsals and performances, making it possible for students from any major to participate.

Mustang Band rehearses Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:10 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Band performs in different configurations throughout the year. In the fall quarter, the full band performs as a large outdoor marching band at football games and is divided into pep bands for volleyball and basketball games. During the winter quarter, the band switches fully into pep band mode, playing at home basketball games, pep rallies, and community events. During the spring quarter, the group performs at Open House and other activities as needed.

How to Qualify

If you have been an active member of your high school and/or college band, you likely already have the basic skills necessary for membership. There is a place for you in the Mustang Band. Come and join us.

Academic Credit

Students participating in the Mustang Band receive two units of credit. All new members of the band will enroll in MU 176-01, “Mustang Band” as well as MU 178-01, “Field Show Marching Skills.”


Each fall, the Mustang Band travels to one away game. This fall, the trip will be to University of California, Davis. In the winter the Pep Band will attend the Big West Basketball Tournament and go on to support our teams in NCAA competition.


Generally speaking, any student who performed throughout their high school band program has the skill needed to audition successfully for Mustang Band. All prospective members may either submit an audition online or perform in person on selected dates. For specific information, please refer to the Mustang Band website. Upon completion of auditions, the full Band roster for fall 2014 will be announced by Aug. 3.


Each new member must purchase a Pep Band jersey ($15). White gloves are available starting at $1.50. All purchases will be through the band’s Uniform Manager. Students are responsible for finding white marching shoes for the formal uniform. If you have white, non-shiny marching shoes from high school, then you may use those. Refer to the Mustang Band website for specifications and recommendations for placing your order.

For those students who need a state-owned instrument (percussion, sousaphone, marching French horn, etc.) a $10 “music use fee” must be paid for each quarter the instrument is used. This fee is paid at the Cashier’s Office on campus.

Band Camp

Band Camp is a great deal of fun and provides you with an opportunity to meet other band members and review the playing and marching skills that you will need in order to be a successful member of the band.

Band Camp for new members will begin on Friday, Sept. 11.

  • We will cover the costs and make arrangements for you to move in early.
  • Band Camp will pause for Orientation Academic Day, then will resume and continue through Sunday, Sept. 20.
  • We also have a shorter, required camp during the following weekend: Friday, Sept. 25–Sunday, Sept. 27.

It is important that we have your contact information in order to provide you with specific details regarding band camp. Please complete the Online Interest Form.

Mustang Band Orientation

All new band members are required to participate in the combined Mustang Band Week of Welcome (WoW) program, which runs concurrently with Band Camp during the week before classes begin. This program allows you to have many of the wonderful experiences that WOW has to offer, while still allowing you to participate in the Marching Band. All of the Marching Band Orientation leaders are trained as part of the campus-wide Orientation program, and they coordinate their activities in such a way as to provide you with a genuine “WoW” experience.

Students planning to participate in Mustang Band should NOT register for the regular Orientation Week of Welcome. Students not on the Mustang Band roster may register for Week of Welcome immediately after the announcement date.

Find Out More

If you have any questions, or if you would like additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Otherwise, if you think that you might want to be a part of the Cal Poly “Pride of the Pacific,” please fill out our Online Interest Form.

Andrew McMahanEnsemble Director
Andrew McMahan, Director of Bands
Email Andrew McMahan
Office phone: 805-756-2556
Office location: Davidson Music Center, building 45, room 214A
Mustang Band website

Christopher J. WoodruffEnsemble Director
Christopher Woodruff, Associate Director of Bands
Email Christopher Woodruff
Office phone: 805-756-2556
Office location: Davidson Music Center, building 45, room 214A
Mustang Band website