The Michigan State University Drumline has a rich history of excellence. The drumline most often performs as part of the Spartan Marching Band and also performs as an individual unit. The MSU Drumline has performed in Taiwan in 2019, winning the international ensemble competition; New York City in 2012 in Times Square, Carnegie Hall in 2017, Bands of America in 2010 and 2018, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention multiple times, Detroit Pistons and MSU Basketball games, Midnight Madness, MSU Days of Rudimental Percussion, for the 3rd / 4th Quarter Cheers at MSU football home games, bowl games, and many more events.
The Series, written by Merritt Lutz and Joel Leach in the late 1950s and finished in 1966, is one of the most historic cadences is in the nation and is still played in the same form by the drumline today. Additionally, we have played Martian Mambo, Ditty, and X for many years. The drumline also plays a 3rd or 4th quarter cheer piece every game; this is new each year. The
SMB learns a new show for each home game for the year.
Kato Ruiz, Snare
“The drumline at MSU is a legend heard round the world. I grew up in north Texas and would hear praise about how incredible the drumline was from all my instructors (not to mention the band would also get constant praise). I love being a part of this group!”