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What is the UDMB? The University of Delaware Fightin' Blue Hen Marching Band is known throughout the northeast as a performance ensemble with an innovative approach to entertainment and an emphasis on musicality. Considered to be on the cutting edge of the marching band activity, the band achieves its goals through the incorporation of a variety of musical styles appealing to its wide variety of audiences.
How big is the UDMB? The UDMB averages 300–340 members. This includes all wind players, percussion and auxiliary members. General breakdowns of each area are approximately 220–240 brass/woodwind members, 34–38 percussionists, 38–42 color guard members and 3–5 twirlers.
Are there auditions? Yes. Auditions for membership in all sections of the UDMB are required. Visit your section page for more information: Brass & Woodwind, Percussion, Colorguard and Golden Girl Twirlers.
Do I have to be enrolled at UD to be in the UDMB? Yes. Members must be enrolled as a full–student at UD or as a full–time student at the Associate in Arts programs at the UD branch campuses.
Is band considered a course/class? Yes. All members of the UDMB, upon acceptance to the program following a successful audition, must register for MUSC 470, section 010 (brass, woodwinds, guard, twirlers) or MUSC 470, section 011 (percussion). The course is worth 1 academic credit. Students receive a grade for the course. It will show on your official transcript and count in your overall grade point average. Marching Band also counts toward partial fulfillment of electives in most undergraduate degree programs. Music majors can use Marching Band as partial fulfillment of their ensemble requirements. Music Education majors are required to take 2 semesters of Marching Band as part of their curriculum.
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Are scholarships available? Yes.
Every member of the UDMB is eligible to receive a Financial Aid
Participation Award. Eligibility means that a student must 1)be
registered for the course, 2) attend all of Band Camp, and 3)remain in
good standing throughout the entire marching band season, including any
and all postseason performances. Failure to fulfill any or all of these
requirements will result in a reduction or complete forfeit of the
award. The amount a student is awarded is based upon the number of
years they are a member of the UDMB. Currently, 1st–year members are
eligible for a $400 Award. This amount is subject to change each year
due to budgetary constraints. In addition, there are Spirit Awards
based upon talent available to members of the Basketball Pep Band. An
audition is required. Auditions take place during mid–September.
Do I have to be a music major to be in the UDMB? No.
Over 80% of the UDMB members are non–music majors. Students from all of
the colleges within the University are represented each year. On
average, over 90 different majors and degree programs are represented by
the total membership.
When and where is band camp? Band Camp is held the week prior to the start of fall semester classes. Watch for specific information on the main UDMB website. Band Camp is held on the main campus of the University of Delaware.
How often does the UDMB rehearse?
Once the fall semester begins (after Band Camp) rehearsals are every
Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 4–6 PM. Saturday rehearsals only
occur on days of home games.
How many performances are there? A
regular season schedule for the UDMB has between 8–10 performances
every fall semester. These include, but are not limited to, 6–7 home
football games, 1–2 exhibitions at local high school festivals, the
Newark Halloween Parade, and the annual Collegiate Marching Band
Festival in Allentown, PA. Any NCAA postseason home football games
and/or the National Championship game are in addition to the regular
How many shows are taught/learned? 1 traditional Pre–Game Show and 2 Halftime shows.
What is the marching style of the UDMB? The UDMB marches corps style.