The University of Maryland "Mighty Sound of Maryland" Marching Band provides a college experience like no other, performing at every home football game, traveling to select away games, and creating the loudest and most dedicated Terrapin cheering section anywhere! All majors are welcome!

MSOM Early Week

*full participation is mandatory for all members

Leadership: August 16-24

Percussion, Color Guard: August 17-24

Brass, Woodwinds, Dance Team, Twirlers: August 18-24

*housing provided for on-campus residents / lunch & dinner provided to all

MSOM Semester Rehearsal Schedule

ALL  -  MWF 3-5pm & Tu 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Percussion, Color Guard Th 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Join the UMD "Mighty Sound of Maryland" MARCHING BAND!

The UMD Athletic Bands are open to ALL UMD students, regardless of major. We perform at all home football and volleyball games, exhibitions, and community events. To start your journey and become part of our band family, please submit the Video Audition Form or email the UMD Bands Office at umdbands@umd.edu with any questions.

FALL 2024 INFORMATION: To get involved with the "Mighty Sound of Maryland," there are two simple steps:

1) Complete the Video Audition Form by JULY 1st!

2) Register for the Fall 2024 courses: MUSC 229F (1 credit hour) AND either MUSC 229G (winds), MUSC229I (guard, twirlers, drumline) or MUSC229K (dance team) at your Summer Orientation

After July 1st we can still accept members, but this will only be on a case by case basis (and we may not be able to provide on-campus Early Week housing.)

If you are interested but not quite ready to commit and would like more info - be sure to visit our Virtual Open House (available 24/7), our FAQ page, or visit our info booth at any of the New Student Orientations held on campus throughout the summer!


All new and incoming wind, drumline, and guard performers are required to submit a video audition to join MSOM. For drumline, the live audition to determine section placements occurs the Saturday before the start of Early Week. Playing assessments for winds occur at the beginning of Early Week to determine part assignments. Previous experience is NOT required for color guard membership. Wind or drumline membership may be possible for those with no previous experience on a case by case basis.


Dance Team Audition Information


Drumline Audition Information

Submit Your Video Audition For The 2024 Season of The Mighty Sound of Maryland!

Video and form submission must be received by July 1st. Questions? Email us anytime at umdbands@umd.edu.

Read what some of our current members & recent alums have to say

MSOM  is a great way to make lots of friends and have a second family at UMD. Performing on game day is just a small perk that MSOM offers. You'll make great memories and connections with people that you wont ever forget.
David Massey
Alto Saxophone
School of Business
MSOM has been an amazing way to escape from all the studying once in a while, and to hang out with everyone in the band! It is a great way to make new friends and be a part of the UMD community.
Eric Van
Mellophone Player
College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
Joining MSOM was no doubt the best decision I have made. MSOM gives you instant friends and gives you the opportunity to meet fellow classmates in your class. Throughout my first semester, I have made a ton of friends and I can say my closest friends are in the band. I highly recommend joining MSOM because you get to be a part of something awesome on campus.  
Samuel Dickstein
Trumpet Player
School of Public Health
MSOM is an incredible way to make friends at the University of Maryland. Before coming to college I wasn't sure whether or not I'd join, but I'm really glad I did. I never thought I could make over a dozen new friends in just one week. Without my experience in MSOM, it's hard to imagine what college would be like or how I would even create half as many friendships as I have. If you like band and want to share an incredible experience with incredible people, the Mighty Sound of Maryland is a great place to do it!
Jordan Kim
Mellophone Player
College of Agricultural and Natural Resources
MSOM is such an inclusive and supportive environment. It's crazy how so many people who embrace different musical abilities, study different majors, and come from so many different backgrounds are able to bond over a unique activity. As a member of the Mighty Sound of Maryland, I am definitely not the best player or marcher, but everyone is here to help you learn and perform the best, even though you may be super clumsy or not a music major.  We have also gotten to travel with the band to places like Detroit and perform at the Kennedy Center!! I have met so many amazing people through this organization and with the connections I have made, I definitely will not forget the impact that this marching band has left on me during my college years.
Alex Ostrander
Baritone Player
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Joining MSOM was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Coming in as an out-of-state student, I thought it would take forever to make friends at such a huge university. Being in marching band made UMD's enormous campus feel small enough to call "home" within just 7 days of Early Week. MSOM brought me nearly all of my closest friends, and taught me more about music and marching than I could've expected.
Aliceann Trostle
Alto Saxophone Player
College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences