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Overview of the Marching and Symphonic Bands

About the Division

The NCCU Division of Marching and Symphonic Bands is a comprehensive, multi-faceted program that encourages participation from all disciplines and academic majors on the university campus. In addition to the renowned Sound Machine Marching Band, auditions are held each semester for the opportunity to perform in the Symphonic Band, Pep Band, Drum Line, Auxiliary Squads, and various small ensembles. Students can register for MUSL 1510 Marching/Symphonic Band and receive 2 credit hours.

What to Expect

  • Travel experiences
  • Learning about different styles and genres of music literature
  • Actively serving the campus and community by performing at major university events, such as the following:
    • Football games
    • Basketball games
    • Convocations
    • Commencements

Rehearsals and Performances

  • Fall semester Marching Band rehearsals take place Monday–Friday from 6–8:30 pm.
  • Performances take place on Saturdays.
  • Spring semester Symphonic Band rehearsals take place Monday–Friday from 4–6 pm.
  • Performance schedules depend on the academic calendar.
  • Other performances may be scheduled by directors and staff (individual practice and sectionals outside of scheduled rehearsals are required).
  • All members must register for band class in order to participate.


All band members must:

  • Be a full-time NCCU student
  • Have prior experience
  • Be in good academic standing (no probation/suspension)
  • Possess a good character and a positive discipline record

New Members

All band members must successfully pass auditions. Contact the Band Office to audition (email thollin2@nccu.edu or call 919-593-6438). Audition information can be found at http://www.nccusmbc.org/band-blast.html.

Limited scholarships are available to those student musicians who qualify. The amount depends on major and instrumental need, as well as level of talent.

Returning Members

All returning band members must:

  • Be in good standing with the band program
  • Have a positive attendance record
  • Display professional conduct
  • Attend spring and summer band camp
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