MSOM Frequently Asked Questions

How do you register for MSOM?

You register for MUSC229F and MUSC229G if you are a wind player. For UMDrumline members, Color Guard and Twirlers you need to register for MUSC229F and MUSC229I. Dance Team members should register for MUSC229F and MUSC229K.

Do I have to know how to play an instrument to be a part of MSOM?

Not if you are interested in Color Guard or Dance Team. However, previous experience playing woodwinds, brass, or percussion is required for those sections.

Do I need marching experience to join MSOM?

No! Previous high school marching band experience is NOT required. In fact, many students who join MSOM each year having never marched have great success because they don't need to relearn any marching fundamental techniques.

Do I have to be a music major to join MSOM?

Not at all.  Nearly every major on campus is represented in our membership - Music Majors make up only about 5% of the band.  Almost half of the students in MSOM come from either the College of Engineering or the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences.

Can students in Freshman Connection or a Living Learning Program still join MSOM?

Yes, all students in Freshman Connection or a Living Learning Program (i.e. Scholars or Honors) are able to join marching band and most can incorporate it into their schedule. Contact the Office of Extended Studies for more details on how to join MSOM as a Freshman Connection student.

Are there any special auditions required?

Yes, all sections of the band are auditioned. Visit our membership information page for the most up to date information regarding auditions. For section-specific audition excerpts and video submission details, see them here:

Dance Team and Twirler auditions usually take place during the spring semester — please visit the Maryland Dance Team website for the most up-to-date information.

*Auditions for MSOM 2023 are now open and will close on July 1st!*

Do I have to have my own instrument?

Instruments are provided to students except for clarinets and some alto saxophones. We are adding instruments to our inventory every year with the hopes that not far in the future we can provide instruments to every member.

Does MSOM have a front ensemble?

MSOM does not have a front ensemble. We encourage members with front ensemble experience to either audition for UMDrumline or join another section (this happens quite frequently and these members tend to fit in well). We've had many members who were a part of their high school front ensemble that had a great experience in UMDrumline even without prior marching percussion training. Additionally, percussionists with front ensemble experience are also encouraged to check out the University Band (MUSC 229U).

How do I get involved in UMDrumline?

For 2023, UMDrumline Auditions will be held just before Early Week on Saturday, August 19th from 9AM-9PM at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Details for these days as well as the 2023 Audition Packet are posted on the UMDrumline website. For more information, contact follow MSOM on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @MightySoundofMD.

How do I know if I have been accepted into MSOM?

If you are a wind & percussion player or color guard performer, you will be contacted at the beginning of July about your acceptance. Dance Team & Twirlers are accepted through their respective audition processes. You will also receive a member information form at the beginning of July - in order to provide necessary information for planning for the Band Staff.

Can I still join if I have a class with a conflicting time?

Yes! We are happy to work with you if you have a required course for your major that conflicts with MSOM.  You need to make sure that you have explored all options to minimize the conflict, but generally if the course is required for your major, there is only one section that must be taken in the Fall, and the total time conflict is under 2 hours a week, you'll be allowed to participate in the Band.  Register for the course that conflicts with band first, then we'll look into adding the marching band section that conflicts during Early Week.

How many shows do you learn during the season?

We learn a different show with new music and drill for each of our home football games. For 2023, we will be performing 7 different halftime shows.

Do you travel with the football team?

MSOM usually travels to one away game each season with the football team. We also play at bowl games and home games held at local NFL stadiums.

Is there a Band Camp?

Yes! The week before classes start, we host MSOM Early Week. During this week, you'll learn drill, music, and your way around campus with all the members of the band. You'll be allowed access to move in to your dorms a week early, and really become a part of the MSOM family. More information about Early Week will be sent out in the summer to accepted and returning members.

Not enrolled at UMD, but interested in MSOM?

Many area university and community colleges, as well as schools in the University System of Maryland allow for cross-registration.

If you are a sophomore at one of these schools, check out your school's Inter-Institutional Enrollment office:

Bowie State

Coppin State

Frostburg State University

Salisbury University

Towson University

University of Baltimore

University of Baltimore County

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

If you are at one of these DC-area colleges, visit your schools DC Consortium office:

American University

Catholic University

Gallaudet University

George Mason University

George Washington University

Georgetown University

Marymount University

Montgomery College

Northern Virginia Community College

Prince Georges Community College

Trinity University

University of DC

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