Centenary Celebration

In commemoration of the Centennial Anniversary of BGSU Bands in 2023-24, we are excited to announce the establishment of the BGSU Bands Collection in the Jerome Library and BGSU Center for Archival Collections. The archive will include historical documents, media, scores, and other relevant historical materials. The archive is intended to serve as a destination point for alumni, historical artifacts, and research.

Explore the BGSU Bands Collection

The collection will include, but is not limited to:

  • Sound Archives of all BGSU Bands performances
  • Digital, streaming copies of Falcon Marching Band halftime shows – we now have access to almost every FMB show ever presented in Doyt Perry Stadium
  • Historical records of band area activities and student organizations, including those of service organizations, Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma and recruitment/professional activities such as the BGSU Directors Reading Clinic and Honor Bands

Establishment and maintenance of a collection and display for physical artifacts including:

  • Falcon Marching Band uniforms through the years
  • Photographs, concert programs, FMB drill books and manuals, educational materials, print media

Special Events Celebrating the BGSU Bands Centenary will include:

  • Commemorative concert at BGSU with a special reception event in spring 2024
  • Newly commissioned works for BGSU Bands to be performed during 2023-24
  • Special off-campus performances and concert tour

BGSU Banding Together

Ways to support the BGSU Bands Centennial Campaign

Campaign Goal – $2 million

Support BGSU Bands in their immediate needs and elevate their musical excellence across all venues, with your contributions to: FUNDING PRIORITIES

Falcon Marching Band Field Project Fund – $1.5 million

An enhanced turf field and new teaching tower west of Perry Field House will provide a quality practice environment for the Falcon Marching Band and a venue for other BGSU activities.

Falcon Marching Band Fund – $300,000

Gifts will support the purchase and maintenance of instruments, especially sousaphones, trombones, mellophones and a new sound system.

BGSU Bands Endowment Fund – $200,000

A new endowment will provide support in perpetuity for a range of BGSU Band program initiatives, including special projects, music commissions, guest artists, recruitment and band travel.

The public launch of this fundraising effort will occur on Sept. 23, 2023, during Homecoming activities. To reach the $2 million goal, many major gifts of $25,000 or more, in addition to gifts in any amount, will be needed. Gifts and pledges may be made payable over a period of up to five years.

Support the BGSU Bands Centennial Campaign

Honorary Campaign Committee

  • Lois Brecklen ‘69
  • George Edge ‘79
  • Carol Hayward
  • Jennifer Higdon ‘86, ‘14 (Hon.)
  • Bruce Misamore ‘72, ‘73
  • Ryan Nowlin ‘00, ‘04
  • Preston Ramsey ‘08
  • Bob Sebo ‘58, ‘13 (Hon.)

For questions please contact:

Dr. Ken Thompson
BGSU Bands

"Throughout my college career, the BGSU Bands have remained a consistent home I have been able to return to year after year. From the Falcon Marching Band to the Wind Symphony and every chamber ensemble in between, my favorite undergraduate memories stem from the people and experiences I’ve gathered from the band programs. I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for the patient, caring faculty here and the support system of the BGSU Bands community."

Jaclyn Swartz

Jaclyn Swartz

Senior music education major and drum major
for the Falcon Marching Band (3 years)

Updated: 09/22/2023 03:49PM