Spartan Marching Band coming through the tunnel for pregame kickstep

THE SPARTAN
MARCHING BAND

BEING IN THE BAND

The 300-member Spartan Marching Band is one of the most recognized student organizations in the MSU community.  As a member of the SMB, you will experience the thrill of performance, develop skills of discipline, dedication, and time management, all while creating friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.  The experience of being in one of the country’s premier collegiate marching ensembles is not an opportunity to be missed.  Answer the call! 

Spartan Marching Band Drum Major doing Back Bend
SMB Baritone warmup
SMB Join the spartan Marching Band

JOIN THE SPARTAN MARCHING BAND

5

units in the SMB - Hornline, Drumline, Big Ten Flags, Colorguard, & Twirlers.

Spartan Marching Band Twirlers

17

colleges at MSU represented within the Spartan Marching Band

SMB Big Ten Flags lead the march to the stadium

DEI in the SMB

SMB perform the Circus show during BOA

Performance

In the SMB, our commitment to performance goes beyond giving our all on game day. It begins with our mental and physical preparation in the off-season, continues through the long days of hard work during preseason camp, and is further perfected each day of rehearsal throughout the entire fall season.

Accountability

In the SMB, accountability means showing up for each other and holding ourselves to the highest standard. It means being aware of what we are doing well, and being honest with ourselves about where we can do better. Above all else, our attention to accountability strengthens our commitment to each other and our craft.

SMB Trombone Halftime
SMB students at Sparrow event with Mel Tucker

Community

In the SMB, community means putting the needs of each other above all else. It means creating a place where every member knows they have unconditional support, and a space where we build each other up, and never put anyone down. In this pursuit, the SMB brings out the best in all it’s members and is often best described as a family.

305

members in the Spartan Marching Band

85%

students majoring in a discipline outside of the music field

7

average number of halftime shows learned per year

6

bowl games performed at across the country since 2012

SMB Drumline Members

Current Member Quotes

"This ensemble is life changing and provides once in a lifetime opportunities. I made some of my closest friends and best memories through SMB"

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Sounds of the SMB

Enjoy the sounds of the gameday Saturday's, including traditional rah-rah and halftime favorites!

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Game day information

Come see the Spartan Marching Band in person for a home game in East Lansing.

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SMB in performance

Watch some of our recent performances in Spartan Stadium.

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