The University of Maine extends an invitation to you to be part of the pride, spirit and drive that make up the Marching Black Bears. The Black Bear Marching Band is open to all students on campus that have an interest in participating on an instrument, on the dance team or with the majorettes. The Black Bear Marching Band provides pregame and half-time entertainment with pride at home football games as well as plenty of spirit in the stands. In addition to that we travel once or twice each season to play for away games as well as exhibit at local band shows. We also provide standstill concerts and march in local parades.

We prepare for this busy schedule starting one week before school in the summer with a band camp. At camp we work hard at learning new music, new drills, and reviewing the basics of marching. We also schedule fun social activities that bring old friends together and make new friends that will last a lifetime.

Marching band is scheduled so that it will not interfere with prime academic time or any other music groups on campus. We meet Tuesday and Thursday from 3:40 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 4:10 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and game days from 8:00 a.m. until the game is over. Marching band is also a credited course and receives one credit per semester.

If you possess the drive, become a member of the University of Maine Black Bear Marching Band. It will be an experience that will stay with you forever.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Pride of Maine Marching Band, just click on the Band Information Request Form to the right, fill out the form and we will be in touch with you soon.

At the University of Maine, we have a band for every ability and interest level. Our Sports Band Program, including the Pride of Maine Marching Band and the Screamin’ Black Bear Pep Band as well as the Concert Band are open to all students and have no auditions. Our Symphonic Band is an auditioned band made up of students from all parts of campus. The Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Karel Lidral, is also an auditioned group made up of students from all parts of campus. Message From the Director
Christopher WhiteDirector of Sports Bands

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