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CSU Marching Band leads the way

June 11, 2010

The Colorado State University Marching Band's emergence as a national leader is consistently gaining the attention of regional and national media outlets and organizations, as the group continues to receive accolades for a series of recent innovations and 'firsts' for university bands.

The marching band will hold an open sign-up period for new members through July 23, 2010.

Pride of Colorado State

On April 27, the CSU Marching Band was honored by CSU College of Liberal Arts Dean Ann Gill as the recipient of the Advancement Award for their text fundraising campaign during the 2009 football season, as well as for their many high profile performances.

The 2010 season will continue to feature the CSU Marching Band in numerous high-profile performances, including a feature halftime show at Invesco Field at Mile High for the Denver Broncos game vs. the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 14.

This is the second straight year the band will perform for the Denver Broncos faithful, following an appearance in 2009 at the Broncos vs. New England game and the Denver Broncos Football Club’s 50th anniversary celebration. Read more.

Entertainment & raising awareness

The award-winning CSU Marching Band has also recently received national headlines in the publication Halftime magazine for their collaboration with the St. Bernard Project and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Earlier this fall, the CSU Marching Band partnered with the St. Bernard Project to raise awareness for the home rebuilding project for displaced New Orleans families affected by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

“Our halftime show collaboration with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band was a capstone performance that our band students won’t soon forget,” said Marching Band Director Christopher Nicholas. “It was absolutely thrilling to be a part of, and one of the most rewarding experiences we could have ever hoped to provide for our band students and fans.”

Holiday parade appearance with over 750,000 viewers

The CSU Marching Band was the first collegiate marching band ever invited to participate in the Denver 9News Parade of Lights.

The CSU Marching Band was also the first collegiate marching band ever invited to participate in the 2009 Denver 9News Parade of Lights. More than 750,000 viewers enjoyed the holiday sights and sounds of the CSU Marching Band along the parade route and on live TV. Read more | Watch a video.

In March of 2009, the CSU Marching Band received national recognition from the College Band Directors National Association for contributions of excellence and creativity to the marching profession.

Hundreds of university marching band programs from all college football conferences were eligible for the recognition, and CSU was chosen over submissions from conferences known for marching bands such as the SEC, Big 10, and ACC. Read more.

Join the CSU Marching Band

The Colorado State University Marching Band will hold an open sign-up period for new members through July 23, 2010. Membership is open to all CSU students. In addition to musicians, the group also offers opportunities for visual ensemble members (color guard). To sign-up as a new member, visit and follow the "Join the CSU Band" link for information.

The Visual Ensemble (color guard) and the Golden Poms (CSU dance team) are also vital members of the marching band.

The CSU Marching Band features musicians from nearly every major on campus and perform annually for about 200,000 Ram football fans each year.

Travel with Ram football

The band travels with the CSU football team on selected road trips, including post-season bowl games. The group has performed in such cities as:

  • Memphis
  • New Orleans
  • San Francisco
  • San Diego
  • Albuquerque

Visual Ensemble auditions

In addition to musicians, the group also offers opportunities for Visual Ensemble members (color guard) and Golden Poms (CSU dance team).

  • Visual Ensemble Audition Day III is scheduled for Saturday, July 31. Please contact, for more information.

About the School of the Arts

The School of the Arts at Colorado State University provides an enriched venue in which the study and practice of Art, Dance, Music and Theatre are nurtured and sustained by building the skills and knowledge needed by future generations of arts professionals to become contributors to the essential vitality of our culture and society.

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