UMD Bulldog Marching Band

Prof. Daniel W. Eaton
Office: CP202, 726-6866
Office Hours posted

Music 1541/4541 sec 012, 1cr.                                                                                                     
UMD Bulldog Marching Band                                                                                                          
5:00pm-6:45pm T, TH
4:45pm-6:30pm F                                                                                                          
Field 9/CP B13


Course Description: Rehearsal and performance of football half-time shows.

Course Objectives:

1.To study and perform musical arrangements and their corresponding marching drills, covering a wide variety of musical and marching styles.
2.To study and understand the drill rotational system employed and to be able to physically execute the commands properly.
3.To offer a creative and positive outlet for student enthusiasm and school spirit.
4.To provide proper music and school spirit at the University and selected community events.

Course Requirements and Evaluation:

1. Performance of assigned musical and drill parts will demonstrate proficiency in mastering the course material.  All performances will be visually and aurally evaluated by the instructor.
2. Student is required to attend all scheduled performances.  Rehearsals should be absence-free.
3. Attendance at Band Camp prior to school starting is required of all members.

Course Grading:

1. Attendance
2. It is essential that all rehearsals be absence-free.  Absences must be reported IN ADVANCE to ATHLETIC BAND OFFICE, CP204, 726-6866 or
3. In the event of inclement weather, rehearsals held in either CP B13 or the Field House.
4. Roll call will be taken at 5:00pm sharp.  Band Block will be formed on command and section leaders will report absences to the Attendance Officer at the end of rehearsal.
5. A musician’s best friend is a pencil.  Have one at all rehearsals.
6. All members are required to perform at all performances, absences for performances should be reported prior to the start of band camp.
Excused Absences – Family Weddings, death, family sickness, and emergencies.
Not Excused Absences – going home for weekend, etc.


Grading – Grading is based upon attendance and personal contribution to the UMDBMB.

1.Grade of A – no more than 1 unexcused absence.
2.Grade of B – no more than 2 unexcused absences.
3.Grade of C – no more than 3 unexcused absences.

Excuses and contribution will be evaluated by the director.  More than 3 unexcused absences will result in dismissal from the BMB.

It is realized that legitimate class conflicts will arise.  In this event, a class conflict form should be filled out and filed with the director.  It must be countersigned by the conflicting class instructor.
-Aurally and visually evaluated performance of assigned musical and drill parts.
- Attendance at rehearsal/performance without the necessary music, instrument, drill charts, pencils and lyre, flip folio, and uniform may result in the lowering of your final grade.


1. Strive for precision and execution of music and drill at all times.
2. We will be running a class act outfit here.  Always keep in mind that your actions (on and off the field, in or out of uniform) reflect on the BMB, your friends and peers, your fearless leader, the Music Department, UMD, U.S.A., etc.  Keep Your Act Clean.
3. Uniform Policy:
4. Keep Uniform clean
5. Black socks and shoes supplied by member
6. Black T-Shirt under uniform at all times
7. Hats must not be left on ground
8. Gloves cleaned before each performance
9. Instrument must be clean
10. All students must have their music folder in the stands and not share. Anyone caught sharing will be dismissed from the game to retrieve their folder.
11. Baseball and stocking caps will be worn during games when not on the field.
12. All Marching Bulldogs are expected to carry themselves with the utmost integrity and a true sense of responsibility.  Please realize how important this is whenever we are on the road.

PERFORMANCES: Subject to change





Aug. 23

Minnesota State Fair, leave @ 8am TBA


Aug. 29

UMD Convocation and Pep Rally TBA


Aug. 31

Port Wing Fish Boil, Port Wing, WI, 11am - 5pm (upperclassmen only)


Sept. 05

Performance at Superior High School, Superior, WI TBA


Sept. 06

Football vs.Concordia College, 6pm, dress at 4:30pm


Sept. 20

Football vs.Southwest Minnesota State, 6pm, dress at 4:30pm


Oct. 04

Football vs.Moorehead State, 6pm, dress at 4:30pm


Oct. 11

Youth In Music - Marching Band Show, Chanhassen High School, time TBA


Oct. 16

Homecoming Parade, downtown Duluth, 6pm


Oct. 18

Homecoming Football vs Northern State, 1pm, dress at 11:30am


Oct. 25

Football vs. Bemidji, 1pm, dress at 11:30am


Nov. 8

Football vs. Univ of Mary, 1pm, dress at 11:30am, SENIOR DAY


Nov. 21

Christmas City of the North Parade, TBA


Nov. 22

Rd.1 NCAA playoffs


Nov. 29

Rd.2 NCAA playoffs - 16 teams, must attend to travel


Dec. 06

Super Region Playoff - 8 teams


Dec. 13

NCAA Semifinal Game - 4 teams


Dec. 20

NCAA Div II Nat'l Championship Game - Florence, AL



(Travel Thursday, Dec. 18 - Sunday Dec. 21)


Those missing Thanksgiving weekend games will not be able to participate in any post-season travel.

See schedule page

Students with disabilities

It is the policy and practice of the University of Minnesota Duluth to create inclusive learning environments for all students. including students with disabilities. If there are aspects of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or your ability to meet course requirements-such as time limited exams, inaccessible web content, or the use of non-captioned videos- please notify the instructor as soon as possible. You are also encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Resources to discuss and arrange reasonable accommodations. Please call 218-726-6130 or visit the DR website at for more information.