Prospective Marchers

What is the Falcon Marching Band?

  • Founded in 1923, the Falcon Marching Band has maintained a strong presence on campus since the beginning.
  • School Colors: Orange and Brown
  • Fight Songs: Forward Falcons and Ay Zig
  • Alma Mater:  Alma Mater (Centenial Edition)
  • Stadium: Doyt Perry Stadium
  • Director: Dr. Michael King

The Falcon Marching Band uses both high and core style marching techniques: the high-powered chair-step is used during the pre-game performance to accent the band's visual ability while a traditional glide step is used during half-time.

The instrumentation of the Falcon Marching Band is similar to the average United States marching band style, consisting of:

  • Flutes
  • Piccolos
  • Clarinets
  • Alto saxophones
  • Tenor saxophones
  • Trumpets
  • Mellophones
  • Trombones
  • Euphoniums
  • Sousaphones
  • Drumline: Snares, Tenors, Cymbals, Bass Drums
  • Color Guard
  • Twirlers

The Falcon Marching Band repertoire includes pieces from classic rock, funk, today's pop hits, alternative rock, disco, ska, and many more genres. We also perform school songs and pieces commissioned specifically for the ensemble.

School songs performed by the Falcon Marching Band:

  • Forward Falcons
  • Ay Ziggy Zoomba

Commissioned music for the Falcon Marching Band:

  • Frontiers, Ryan Nowlin (Composer)
  • New Frontiers, Ryan Nowlin (Composer)
  • Go BG Warriors

To watch the band in action, please visit our YouTube pages: BGSUFMB

The Falcon Marching Band has members from every walk of life in the band, from Music Performance majors to Marketing majors, from first-year students to fifth-year veterans.

Below is a breakdown of band membership according to multiple criteria:

Home Region

  • Ohio (90%)
    • Northwest Ohio (33%)
    • Northeast Ohio (25%)
    • Central Ohio (17%)
    • Southwest Ohio (11%)
    • Southeast Ohio (1%)
  • Michigan (4%)
  • Pennsylvania (3%)
  • Other (5%)

Major (By college)

  • College of Musical Arts (30%)
  • College of Arts and Sciences (32%)
  • College of Education and Human Development (11%)
  • College of Health and Human Services (10%)
  • College of Business (9%)
  • College of Technology, Architecture, and Applied Engineering (5%)
  • Undecided (3%)

Years of Membership in the Falcon Marching Band

  • 1st Year (48%)
  • 2nd Year (26%)
  • 3rd Year (16%)
  • 4th Year (9%)
  • 5th Year (1%)

Involvement is a strong part of the Falcon Marching Band.  Within the band, there are multiple ways to actively help the program.  A few positions include:

  • Drum Major
  • Section Leader
  • Squad Leader
  • Student Staff

Also, there are two organizations dedicated to serving the bands: Kappa Kappa Psi (KKΨ) and Tau Beta Sigma (TBΣ).


Join the Band

Students of any major and class standing are able to march with the Falcon Marching Band.

All students with band experience are encouraged to register for the Falcon Marching Band.  In order to join the band:

  • Brass, Woodwinds, Color Guard and Twirlers: Register for MUSP 4390E 72172 1001 
  • Percussion: Register for MUSP 4390E 72525 1002

Audition and Selection Information

Instrumental Performers

All woodwind and brass players interested in joining the FMB must sign up for the course and attend Fundamentals Week. "Fundies" week introduces the fundamentals of the FMB marching style, establishes the membership in the full-time performing “block,” and provides old and new members alike the chance to feel part of our special family.

Find these dates on the Drumline Webpage

Questions? Email Dr. Mark Cook at cmark@bgsu.edu

Auxiliary

Color Guard Auditions have gone virtual!

To be considered, all materials are due Friday, 5/22/2020

Please the PDF below for details

Contact Chad Clum with questions

Auditions Information

Twirler Pre-Auditions have gone virtual!

To be considered, videos are due Friday, 6/26/2020

Please see the PDF below for details

If interested please contact Dr. Kathy Siebenaler-Wilson at kathysw9@gmail.com.

Twirler Information

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