2018 College Marching Band Season Preview

Welcome back to the Chops blog! Today we’d like to take the chance to preview the new college football season and several of our local collegiate marching bands.

If you are a fan of the marching arts, it’s hard to beat Indiana. Between drum corps during the summer, marching band in the fall, and winter guard and percussion during the winter and spring, there’s rarely a break between marching seasons. However, it’s easy to forget that there are many great college marching bands in the state.

Butler, Purdue, Indiana, Indiana State, and Marian University are all located in, or within a short drive from Indianapolis, and have excellent marching bands. These bands will perform before, during, and after their school’s home football games throughout the fall and winter. For the relatively inexpensive price of a ticket you can see an exciting college football game and performances from the band.  Be sure to get there early for some tailgating, as most of the bands will perform outside the stadium before everyone heads inside!

The Butler University Marching Band will perform five times this fall at upcoming games.

9/15 – vs. Princeton

9/29 – vs. Morehead State (Homecoming)

10/20 – vs. San Diego

10/27 – vs. Dayton

11/10 – vs. Stetson

More information can be found at https://www.butler.edu/bands


The Indiana State University Marching Sycamores will perform five times this fall at upcoming games.

8/30 – vs. Quincy

9/27 – vs. Northern Iowa

10/13 – vs. Missouri State (Homecoming)

11/3 – vs. South Dakota

11/10 – vs. Illinois State

More information can be found at http://www.sycamorebands.org/marching-sycamores.html





The Indiana University Marching Hundred will perform seven times at IU games this fall.

9/8 – vs. Virginia

9/15 – vs. Ball State

9/22 – vs. Michigan State

10/13 – vs. Iowa (Homecoming)

10/20 – vs. Penn State

11/10 – vs. Maryland

11/24 – vs. Purdue (Old Oaken Bucket)

More information can be found at  www.marchinghundred.org


 The Marian University Marching Band will perform four times this fall at upcoming games, along with many exhibition performances at local marching band shows.

8/25 – vs. Saint Xavier (Illinois)

9/22 – vs. Olivet Nazarene (Homecoming)

10/20 – vs. Concordia (Michigan)

11/10 – vs. Lindenwood University-Belleville

More information can be found at http://www.marian.edu/academics/school-of-liberal-arts/programs/marian-university-marching-band




The famous Purdue “All-American” Marching Band will perform at eight upcoming games this fall.

8/30 – vs. Northwestern

9/8 – vs. Eastern Michigan

9/15 – vs. Missouri

9/22 – vs. Boston College (Homecoming)

10/20 – vs. Ohio State

11/3 – vs. Iowa

11/17 – vs. Wisconsin

11/24 – at Indiana (Old Oaken Bucket)

More information can be found at https://www.purdue.edu/bands/ensembles/aamb/

Not sure which game to attend? We’d recommend the classic Indiana-Purdue rivalry game, the Old Oaken Bucket. Both school’s bands will be in attendance, and the in-state rivalry is an atmosphere you have to experience.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see an exciting football game and marching band performance this fall!

1 Comment

Michelle Taubert

about 6 years ago

I may be a bit bias but, what about Ball State Pride of Mid America? They're pretty great too.☺


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