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Sacramento State Marching Band

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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. Sac State Students enroll in MUSC 142M for credit. All students in good academic standing receive priority registration.

FALL UPDATE: Per the message from the University President on July 23, all members participating in the Marching Band must be vaccinated against Covid-19. Students should fill out the Vaccine Verification form, linked below. Non-students will be able to sign a hard copy of this at their first rehearsal.

Vaccine Verifcation Form

Mark Your Calendars

  • Auditions for Colorguard will take place on Sunday, August 22 from 3-6pm In Capistrano 143.
  • Auditions for the Battery and Front Ensemble will be Sunday, August 22 from 3-6pm In Capistrano 142a.

Participation Info

All musicians can join the marching band, regardless of the marching experience! Auditions for the color guard, battery, and front ensemble 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 need to be approved as a University Volunteer prior to joining us. This process is outlined on the School of Music Community Info page.


Enrollment/participation in University ensembles requires paying the School of Music's $40 Service Fee, which helps pay for supplies used by various areas in the department. It also 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 (for Sac State students only)

You may also be required to pay a Marching Band Club membership fee.

  • Sac State Students $40
  • Non-Sac State Students $50

Fall Schedule

Additional performances for Fall 2021 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. Members should refer to the BAND App Events Calendar for the most up to date schedule.

Tentative Fall 2021 Schedule

Sat., September 11 vs. Northern Iowa
Sat., October 9 vs. Southern Utah
Sat., October 23 vs. Northern Arizona
Sat., November 6 vs. Cal Poly
Sat., November 13 vs. Portland State
Sat., Nov. 20 at UC Davis
(Causeway Classic)

Meet Our Director

Santiago Sabado

Santiago Sabado is from Placerville, CA. He holds his Masters of Music in Instrumental Wind Conducting, and his Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Trumpet Performance from Sacramento State, as well as his Teaching Credential in Music.

In his career Santiago has taught all grade levels from kindergarten through college. He is currently the Director of Athletic Bands at Sacramento State, where he runs the Marching Band, Sac State Indoor Percussion Ensemble, Winter Guard, and Pep Band. He previously held the position of Director of Instrumental Music at Ponderosa High School in Shingle Springs, CA, and Director of Music for Pioneer Union School District in Somerset, CA. He also taught the Sacramento Mandarins Drum and Bugle Corps from 2010 to 2015 where he operated as the Brass Caption head. He now serves on the Mandarins Board of Directors directs the Mandarins Academy Summer Camps.

Email Director Sabado

Meet Our Staff

Color Guard Coordinator: Kaleihiehie Cablay


Battery Percussion Coordinator/Arranger: Alex Pfiefer


Front Ensemble Coordinator: Kevin Bowlson


Front Ensemble Arranger/Electronics Coordinator: Wade Quinn

Visual Staff: Alex Wallace

Percussion Staff: Damien Masterson


Percussion Staff: Ashley Boyden


Color Guard Staff: Angela Chin

Game Day Coordinator: Demetrius Riley


Photography/Media Staff: Joseph Khalifa


Photography/Media Staff: Kelley Yoakum


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Marching Band Alumni Website

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