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Marching Band Impact

Marching Band

The Falcon Marching Band is the largest performing ensemble on campus and a strong advocate of school spirit and pride.

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The Falcon Marching Band

Members of the marching band and color guard have the opportunity to hone their musical and artistic skills while building lifelong friends through our band family. The band is comprised of nearly 50 students and performs at home Falcon football games, various parades throughout the school year, and other special events.

All members of the Falcon Marching Band will receive an automatic $150 scholarship for their participation. (Students who participate in the Wind Ensemble during the Spring semester receive an additional $150 scholarship!)
First year-students living on campus in Morrow Hall and participating in the Marching Band will recieve a $1,000 Housing Scholarship off their first year's Housing costs and up to an additional 10% discount off of Housing costs for every subsequent year they are in band. In order to be eligible for this scholarship, students must submit their Housing application by April 1st, 2024 and must successfully audition into the band.  Video auditions are due by July 15, 2024, and students must be registered for band upon completion of a successful audition and admittance to band by July 29, 2024.
Please contact Dr. Alyssa Schwartz (information below) for more info on scholarships, auditions, and participating in the university bands!

How to Participate in the Marching Band & Color Guard

The marching band fosters an atmosphere of inclusivity and is open to anyone with previous instrumental or color guard experience. If you’re interested in being a part of marching band or color guard please fill out this form.

Marching Band Audition Information

Marching Band Courses & Schedule

Members of marching band must enroll in Marching Band. The course is open to students who play a band instrument or have the necessary skills to participate in one of the auxiliary units such as flags, rifles, or twirlers. The Marching Band performs at all home football games during the fall semester and at various marching band activities such as parades and festivals.

All students participating in band must attend the university's annual band camp: August 12-23, 2024.

  • Marching Band (MUSI 1168), 2 credit hours
  • Available Fall semester only
  • M/W/F, 3:00 – 4:45 pm.
  • Repeatable

Meet the Director

Dr. Alyssa Schwartz

Dr. Alyssa Schwartz

Director of Bands
 203 Wallman Hall


Request the Fairmont State Marching Band

Marching Band drum line on the field

Thank you for your interest in including the Fairmont State Falcon Marching Band for your event! To guarantee our ability to be able to be present, requests should be submitted at the start of the semester during which your event will be held or at a MINIMUM of 4 weeks in advance of the event. We will do our best to honor any requests we receive with less notice than this but cannot guarantee our availability for requests sent with less than 4 weeks notice.

Request the Band

Instrument Checkout Policy

All instruments owned by Fairmont State are available to full and part-time students for use in the instrumental music education classes and for registered performing ensembles. Instruments will not be checked out to persons for any other purpose. The college will make a reasonable effort to ensure that all instruments are in a good working condition before checking them out to any person in need of these instruments. At the end of each semester, each person is required to return the borrowed instrument in reasonable working condition or to make accommodations for extending permission to use the instrument for another semester. Each person who returns an instrument must report any defect or condition that should be corrected on the instrument before it is returned to active use. Under no circumstances will a student be permitted to use a school instrument over the course of the summer months unless music courses are implemented to accommodate the use of school owned instruments during this period.