Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a music major to participate?
Membership is open to all students regardless of major. We represent over 30 majors on campus and our membership is comprised of students from diverse backgrounds
Is Blazin' Brigade like high school?
Collegiate marching band at a major university level is different from high school. Not better and not worse, just different. Our rehearsals are fast paced, we play a lot of music, and we perform at least three different shows in a season.
How much rehearsal time is required?
Blazin' Brigade is an ensemble course and all members must register for MUSC 3880. We rehearse six hours a week during our regular class time (MW 4:00-5:50 PM, F 3:00-4:50 PM). If we have a home game, we have stadium rehearsals on the morning of the game.
How much does it cost?
The required band fee is $55, due at registration during summer band camp. We have a limited number of instruments available for rental for a fee of $25 to cover basic maintenance and cleaning.
Is specific apparel required?
Yes. We are uniformed in every way. Students are responsible for providing their own marching band shoes, white gloves, long black socks, and black athletic shorts. Shoes and gloves will be available for purchase at registration during summer band camp.
Are scholarships available?
Yes. Each member of Blazin' Brigade receives a scholarship for participating. $75/1st year members, $150/2nd year, $225/3rd year, $300/4+ years. Members of the leadership team receive an additional $50. Scholarships are paid out at the completion of the football season.
What about drumline, guard, and dance auditions?
Drumline, guard, and dance members are accepted by audition only. Those wishing to audition for Fall 2017 should contact Mr. Harper as soon as possible. Spring semester on-campus audition dates for Fall 2018 will be announced by December 1.
How often do we travel?
Blazin' Brigade will travel to 1-3 away games plus all playoff games depending on the success of the football team. The cost of travel is provided by VSU Bands and the university. All travel is required attendance.
Benjamin Harper
Director of Athletic Bands
Valdosta State University