Titan Thunder Marching Band
Marching fall 2023
Hit the field (and the road) next fall with the new Titan Thunder Marching Band at UWO. Join on piccolo, clarinet, alto and tenor saxophone, trumpet, mellophone, trombone, baritone, sousaphone, marching percussion, color guard and baton.
WHY JOIN THE BAND?
Marching band in college is a valuable experience that connects you to a great group of friends, fun trips and an opportunity to flex your creative muscles and take a break from academia. While it’s hard work, marching band can also help your career.
Never marched before? We’ll teach you.
Not a music major? No worries. The Titan Thunder Marching band will be open to all UW Oshkosh students from all three campuses.
Worried about the time commitment?
We know a student’s first priority is their studies. The marching band schedule is designed to be achievable for all UWO students.
Discover more details by selecting a topic.
Prospective members are invited to connect with Joseph Scheivert, Director of the Athletic Bands for more information.
APPLICATIONS OPEN MARCH 4, 2023
for Fall 2023 membership.
Learn more by attending a virtual Titan Thunder Thursday information session on Zoom.
Students will have many opportunities for leadership.
New students must attend Titan Takeoff University orientation before camp begins. Students accepted into the Marching Band must also register for MUSIC 156 to participate.
All inaugural year Titan Thunder members will continue to receive scholarship funds for every year they remain in the program. We are hopeful to provide scholarships for incoming members; those figures are still being determined.
There are additional financial opportunities, including the Titan National Scholar Program for out-of-state students and the Ed Karrels Scholarship for musicians who are not music majors. High school Cooperative Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) students also can apply for the new Titan Thunder CAPP Scholarship.
The 2023 marching band season will officially begin with a preseason camp that opens with student leader training on August 20 and ends on Labor Day weekend. General members will arrive between August 21-23 for full-time camp, depending on section.
When fall semester classes begin, the band will meet MWF afternoons (4:30-6:15 pm.), Tuesday evenings (7-9 p.m.), and Saturday mornings before all home football games. The rehearsals avoid conflicts with most classes and allow resident hall students ample time to attend evening meals. The amount of weekly rehearsals will be reduced whenever the performance schedule allows, and there are very few commitments after early November.
A critical component of Titan Thunder Marching Band membership is your ability to commit to the entire rehearsal and performance schedule. Absence from a performance is not allowed except under extreme circumstances and by advance consent of the director.
Please review our rehearsal and performance calendars before applying.
The marching band schedule is designed to be achievable for all UWO students.
In addition to Titan football home games, the Titan Thunder Marching Band will perform as the featured collegiate group on campus and select travel opportunities around the state.
The Titan Thunder Marching Band will perform a few different halftime shows throughout the season to entertain our fans and provide our fans with a variety of performance opportunities.
2023 Performance Calendar (Subject to Change)
[8/20-9/4 – Preseason Camp]
Sa 9/2 – Titans vs. Texas Lutheran
Su 9/10 – HS competition @ Grayslake North (IL)
Sa 9/30 – Titans vs. UW-Whitewater
Sa 10/7 – HS competition @ Milton
Sa 10/14 – Titans vs. UW-Eau Claire
Sa 10/28 – Titans vs. UW-Stevens Point
Sa 11/11 – Titans vs. UW-River Falls
Tu 11/21 – Appleton Christmas Parade
Thu 11/30 – Oshkosh Holiday Parade
Sa 12/2 – The Sound of Thunder Indoor Concert (Date not firm)
Sa 11/18,25; 12/2,9,16 – (Hold for potential Playoff Football)
Do I need to have experience or know how to march? No marching experience is necessary! Instrumentalists should play at a high-school level. Contact the director with further questions!
Can I borrow an instrument?
Yes. University-owned instruments and equipment will be provide for students in all sections of the Titan Thunder Marching Band.
Do I need to be a music major?
No. While there are often music majors in a marching band, it isn’t required to join. In Year 1, only 25% of the band majored in a music area. Students are invited to just come out and make friends with people in your major and beyond.
Can I also be in other music ensembles?
Yes. You are welcome to perform in as many ensembles as you wish, including the Bolt Pep Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensembles and other instrumental and choral offerings in the Department of Music.
Can I earn credit for Marching Band?
Yes. Marching band can be taken for either 0 credit or 1 credit. It also qualifies for USP Explore Culture credit, which is necessary for every major.
Do I need to be a UWO student to participate in the band?
Enrollment also is open to any student enrolled at a postsecondary institution, meaning current students at Ripon College, Lawrence University, Fox Valley Technical College and beyond are able to join the band through a special admission process.
How do I learn more?
Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Joe Scheivert either by email, by phone at (920) 424-2276 or just by stopping at his office in Room N118 of the Arts and Communications Center on the Oshkosh campus—with any questions.
Titan Thunder Thursdays
Virtual information sessions are held on the last Thursday of the month in spring and summer. These Zoom meetings include audition and membership information, a chance to meet the staff and student leadership, the sharing of ideas for fall and more. Get Zoom details.
FREE Spring Clinic
The Titan Thunder Marching Band invites high school and college students to attend a free clinic on campus for introduction, instruction and development of their skills. The 2023 Spring Clinic will be held Saturday, Apr. 1 and Sunday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to noon with the option to audition for the fall Titan Thunder Marching Band in the afternoon.
MAXIMUM SECTION MEMBER POSITIONS FOR 2023
- 16 Piccolos
- 16 Clarinets
- 16 Alto Saxophones
- 8 Tenor Saxophones
- 36 Trumpets
- 12 Mellophones
- 18 Trombones
- 12 Baritones
- 12 Sousaphones
- 34 Drumline: 11SD, 5TD, 7BD, 11CY
- 24 Color Guard
- 12 Twirlers
Non-performing support roles to be announced in late Spring 2023