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Marching Band

From football games at Sacramento State each fall to the greater community all year round, the Sac State Marching Band is the largest and loudest spirit organization on the Sacramento State campus.

The Marching Band rehearses during the fall semester, MWF 3:30-5:50 p.m. Mondays are typically focused on music rehearsal, while Wednesdays and Fridays are generally spent outside for marching rehearsal. Sac State Students enroll in MUSC 142M for credit.


  • Auditions for colorguard will take place on Sunday, August 18 from 9am-Noon. Auditions for the drumline and pit will be Sunday, August 18 from 4:00-7:00pm. In Capistrano 143.

Band Camp - August 19-23

Dorm Move-In Info

High School Band Day: Sept. 14

Marching Band rehearsal

Participation Info

Anyone can join the marching band, regardless of experience! Auditions for the colorguard, battery, and pit are typically held each August before the start of band camp. There are no auditions for the winds and brass, though part placement auditions may be held. The Marching Band follows the strict Code of Conduct rules adopted by the University.

While most of our members are students at Sac State, we also draw members from other local colleges. If you are not a Sac State student, you should submit the these two forms to Capistrano Hall 121:

If you wish to obtain a courtesy parking permit for the semester, you may use the online UTAPS Parking form once the above has been completed. 

Fees: Enrollment/participation in University ensembles requires paying the School of Music's $40 Service Fee, which entitles you to:

  • borrow an instrument for the semester (if needed),
  • the usage of a locker in Capistrano Hall, and
  • use of the practice rooms (for Sac State students only) 
  • free admission to many School of Music events.

You may also be required to purchase marching shoes and gloves, which combined should run about $30-40. Colorguard members will need to provide shoes and undergarments.

For More Information

Fall 2019 Performances

Additional performances for Fall 2019 are TBA, but are likely to include exhibitions at high school marching band competitions as well as the Causeway Classic luncheon in November and other campus events. Below is the home football game schedule.

2019 Home Football Games
Date Opposing Team Time
Sat., Aug. 31 vs. Southern Oregon 9 a.m.-9 p.m., 6 p.m. game start
Sat., Sept. 14 vs. Northern Colorado 9 a.m.-9 p.m., 6 p.m. game start
Sat., Oct. 5 vs. Eastern Washington 9 a.m.-9 p.m., 6 p.m. game start
Sat., Oct. 19 vs. Montana (homecoming)
9 a.m.-9 p.m., 6 p.m. game start
Sat., Nov. 2 vs. Weber State 9 a.m.-9 p.m., 6 p.m. game start
Sat., Nov. 23 Causeway Classic vs UC Davis 7 a.m.-5 p.m., 2 p.m. game start

Meet Our Director

Marching band Director: Santiago Sabado

Santiago Sabado earned his Masters of Music in Instrumental Wind Conducting and his Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Trumpet Performance from Sacramento State along with his Teaching Credential in Music. While attending Sac State he studied trumpet with Gary Dilworth and conducting with Dr. Clay Redfield and Dr. Robert Halseth. He also taught the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps from 2010 to 2015 where he operated as the Brass Caption head. He now directs the Mandarins Leadership Camp which functions to develop student leadership in band programs throughout Sacramento and the surrounding regions. Email Mr. Sabado