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Welcome the official web site of the Cornell University Big Red Marching Band, the Only REAL Marching Band in the Ivy League!

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To join our ranks, send an email to our publicity chairs, Becca Rodell and Zeyu Hu, with your name, preferred contact method, and instrument. We always welcome new members, no matter your experience or year in school. Our section leaders can even help you learn a new instrument!

North Campus Concert

The band plays in front of RPCC during its annual early morning march to north campus.



As we kick off the new school year, it's time to think about the best event(s) of the year! It's time for the PHONATHONs! On February 1st and March 2nd at 6:30 PM EST, band members will reach out to alumni for donations. This is not only a primary source of funds for the band, but an opportunity for students to talk to alumni and hear great stories of "back in the day". Everyone is encouraged to attend - even if you're shy when talking to strangers -it will be a lot of fun. Plus, FREE FOOD and great PRIZES! So, make your way down to Ives 111 and get calling! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to either Alex Wong or Claire Schiefelbein.


JOIN BAND!!! Welcome all incoming freshmen! You will probably see a lot of us outside of Registration when you arrive to campus in August. Have any questions about joining band? Feel free to approach us and hang out - we love a good time, and we love new people. We will be outside of Barton Hall all day on Friday, August 21.

AUDITIONS will be held Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23 from 12pm - 4pm, so stop by the Fischell Band Center (in the parking lot behind the football stadium). Auditions take ~30 minutes, but you are welcome to hang out with us for as long as you like. Please, don't worry about your audition at all. It's just a way for us to meet you, and if you have never even played before our section leaders can teach you an instrument of your choice!

FIRST NIGHT, our first rehearsal together with new recruits, will be Sunday, August 23 at 7pm followed by pizza, singing, and celebration. You absolutely do not want to miss this! Even if you can't make it to auditions, you are encouraged to join us on this fantastic night, and even if you can't make it to First Night, don't miss Band Camp! This conflicts with the 7pm and 9pm timeslots of Speak About It, so we have arranged for you to attend the the Sunday 4:00 or Monday 7:30 Speak About It sessions instead.

BAND CAMP will be held on Monday, August 24 from 9am - 5pm. Learn everything you need to know to be a part of the only REAL marching band in the Ivy League! Don't sweat it if you have to miss part of Band Camp for Orientation events. If you plan on coming late, talk to your section leaders at any of the other events so you know where to meet us.

If you have any questions about any of these events, feel free to email Emily Isenstein or Michaela Olson!

See you all soon!


Welcome to the class of 2019! Come check us out at our annual Cornell Days concerts on Ho Plaza on April 13th and 17th at 1:30!

Also see us at our annual Spring Concert on April 18th at the Ithaca Farmer's Market at 12pm!

For an idea of what it's like to be in the Big Red Marching Band, listen to some stories from our members here!

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