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

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Band camp for 2023 will be held Monday-Friday, August 21-25, 1:00-5:00pm at Capistrano Hall.


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
  • use of the practice rooms (for Sac State students only - key checkout required)
  • free admission to most School of Music events (see the FREE Tickets section of the Student Resources Page for info)

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

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

Fall 2023 Schedule

Below is the home football game schedule and other known events. Additional performances for Fall 2023 are TBA, but will include the Causeway Classic luncheon in November and other campus events.

Aug. 21-25 BAND CAMP!
Fri. Aug. 25 (6-7pm) Hornet Nest Fest (Pep Band)
Sat., Sept. 9 Home Football
Sat., Sept. 30 Home Football
Sat., Oct. 21 Home Football
Sat., Oct. 28 Home Football
Sat., Nov. 11 Home Football
Sat., Nov. 18 Football @ UC Davis

Meet the Director

We are pleased to welcome Dr. James Long as the new Director of Athletic Bands. Prior to his appointment at Sacramento State, James was the Director of Athletic Bands and Lecturer of Applied Tuba at Oakland University (MI). Along with his duties at Oakland, he was in demand throughout Michigan and Ohio as a conductor, marching band technician, and clinician.

In addition to his career as a band director, James is an active tuba and euphonium performer and pedagogue. James has distinguished himself as a soloist and chamber musician both nationally and internationally: having performed at the 2021 and 2023 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference, received 1st Prize in the North American Brass Band Association’s Low Brass Technical Solo Competition, and been a featured soloist at the Butlins Mineworkers Brass Band Championships in the United Kingdom. read more

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