Oregon State University Marching Band

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Oregon State University Marching Band (OSUMB)
The Spirit and Sound of OSU
GreatBeaverSpellOut.jpg
OSUMB performing the "Great Beaver Spell-Out" in 2013
SchoolOregon State University
LocationCorvallis, OR
ConferencePac-12
Founded1890
DirectorDr. Dana Biggs
Assistant directorRobyn Chapman
Members250+
Fight song"Hail to Old OSU"
UniformOrange and black jackets with white stripes and the "Beavers" logo in the center of a white shield on the front, white gauntlets, black pants, and black shakos with mirrors and black feather plumes.
Websitehttp://osumb.oregonstate.edu/
 
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Oregon State University Marching Band (OSUMB)
The Spirit and Sound of OSU
GreatBeaverSpellOut.jpg
OSUMB performing the "Great Beaver Spell-Out" in 2013
SchoolOregon State University
LocationCorvallis, OR
ConferencePac-12
Founded1890
DirectorDr. Dana Biggs
Assistant directorRobyn Chapman
Members250+
Fight song"Hail to Old OSU"
UniformOrange and black jackets with white stripes and the "Beavers" logo in the center of a white shield on the front, white gauntlets, black pants, and black shakos with mirrors and black feather plumes.
Websitehttp://osumb.oregonstate.edu/

With over 250 members, the Oregon State University Marching Band, or OSUMB, is the marching band of Oregon State University, known as the "Spirit and Sound of OSU." It was founded in 1890 making it the oldest band in the Pac-12. The OSUMB is the main group within the Oregon State University Athletic Bands, also joined by Basketball Band and a smaller scholarship group. All Athletic band members are required to participate in marching band. The current Director of Athletic Bands is Dr. Dana Biggs. The OSU Marching Band plays at nearly all home football games (the Alumni Band covers any games occurring prior to the start of the school term, and Gymnastics meets), and the Basketball Band and scholarship group play most home basketball games, the Pac-12 Tournament, and volleyball games. The Athletic Bands program is based partially on the same program at Kansas State University.

Oregon State University Marching Band History[edit]

The Oregon State Marching Band was founded in 1890.
Dr. Dana Biggs is named new athletics band director in 2013.

Band Staff and Leadership[edit]

Directors[edit]

Staff[edit]

Drum Majors[edit]

Section and Squad Leaders[edit]

Each section has one, two, or three section leaders based on section size. Additional student leadership is provided by squad leaders. Section leaders provide student leadership in all aspects of the organization, while squad leaders provide additional leadership during marching rehearsals.

Membership[edit]

Membership is open to any Oregon State University or Linn-Benton Community College student. Students are welcome from all fields of study.

Band Camp[edit]

Band Camp is typically a week and a half before the beginning of fall term. Percussion and Color Guard start earlier in the summer, and student leaders start a day or two before the rest of the band. The rehearsal format of Band Camp is generally "daily triples," with rehearsal from morning until evening, with breaks for lunch and dinner. Band Camp ends with a free performance for friends and family on at the end of camp, giving the Band a dress rehearsal for their first home football game and also giving the community a chance to see the Band without having to purchase tickets.

Rehearsal[edit]

Rehearsals are three days a week, Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. as well as prior to any home games and bowls games during Fall term.

Game Day[edit]

The Oregon State University Marching Band performs at all Oregon State University home and Bowl games. During home games, the band first has an on-field dress rehearsal before performing a mini-concert leading up to the "Beaver Walk," the arrival of the team. Prior to the start of the game, the band breaks into smaller elements and marches around the tailgating areas near the stadium to play the school's Fight Song along with other arrangements before meeting inside Reser Stadium for an on-field pre-game performance.

During the football games, the band plays music from their seats in the stands, and during halftime performs an on-field show.

At the conclusion of each home game, the band performs the Fight Song, Hail to OSU, and the Alma Mater, Carry Me Back to OSU.

Repertoire[edit]

The Fight Song[edit]

"Hail to Old OSU" is the fight song for Oregon State University. It was written by Harold a. Wilkins (Class of 1907) in 1914. The song consists of two verses and a chorus. It was originally called "Hail to Old O.A.C." and has officially remained unaltered except in the school initials as the school's name underwent changes to Oregon State College, and later, Oregon State University.

Alma Mater[edit]

The OSU Alma Mater, "Carry Me Back", was written by W. Homer Maris.

Within a vale of western mountains,
There's a college we hold dear.
Her shady slopes and fountains
Oft to me appear.
I love to wander on the pathway
Down to the Trysting Tree,
For there again I see in fancy,
Old friends dear to me.

CHORUS
Carry me back to OSU,
Back to her vine-clad halls;
Thus fondly ever in my mem'ry
Alma Mater calls.

Other Music[edit]

The band also plays various popular music to rally the crowd during the games. These include:

The list is not exclusive.

Trips[edit]

The Oregon State Marching Band typically attends one away game each year, in addition to the Civil War if it is held at the University of Oregon. The entire band travels to any high-profile Bowl Games, while lower-tiered Bowl Games usually are accompanied by a smaller element from within the band.

Bowl Game Appearances[edit]

2001 Fiesta Bowl (full band)

2002 Insight Bowl (smaller element)

2003 Las Vegas Bowl (smaller element)

2004 Insight Bowl (smaller element)

2006 Sun Bowl (full band)

2007 Emerald Bowl (smaller element)

2008 Sun Bowl (full band)

2009 Las Vegas Bowl (smaller element)

2012 Alamo Bowl (full band)

Uniforms[edit]

Current Uniforms[edit]

Orange and black jackets with white stripes and the "Beavers" logo in the center of a white shield on the front, white gauntlets, white gloves, black pants, and black shako with mirrors and black feathered plumes. The drum majors have an alternate version, substituting the jacket colors of orange and black with black and white, larger white plumes, and optional black gauntlets.

Past Uniforms[edit]

The previous set of uniforms consistent of orange and black jackets with silver sequins, as well as black gloves and gauntlets, black pants and shoes, black shako, and black and silver tasseled plumes.

The next previous set included orange and white jackets, tall helmets, and large white plumes.

Other previous uniforms have included a version with shoulder-tassels and other regalia, black uniforms with orange half-capes and orange military helmets (used in 1941 season), and military cadet uniforms.

Past Featured Twirlers have historically worn uniforms mainly of white with short or no legs.

Band Composition[edit]

Instrumentation[edit]

The instrumentation does not include percussion typically located in the "Front Ensemble" or "Pit" (Bells and other instruments on wheels) due to the band's emphasis on performing for the crowd, as opposed to the drum corps style utilized by most high schools and by a handful of university marching bands.

Colorguard[edit]

Featured Twirler[edit]

The current Feature Twirler is Rachel Greco.

Timeline[edit]

Service organizations[edit]

Kappa Kappa Psi (ΚΚΨ) - Theta Chapter[edit]

The Theta chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at Oregon State University became active May 12th, 1923 in Corvallis, OR. Their goal was to stimulate campus leadership, share their passion for music with others, foster close relationships with other college bands, encourage band members to perform at the highest level, and provide a pleasant social experience for all band members. After a long period of inactivity, the Theta Chapter became reinstated in 2009, providing support to surrounding public school music programs as well as supporting the Oregon State Music department. [1]

Notable Alumni[edit]

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