Marching Bearcat Band Member Information

All Marching Bearcat Band Members



Current Schedule


Current as of Monday, July 22nd @ 10:30 a.m.


PDF of Schedule




Monday, August 26 – Classes Start!


Friday, August 30 - Performance at the Gateway Grizzlies Baseball Game - Depart 5:00 p.m.


Saturday, September 7 - Home Game – Game Time 1:30 p.m.


Friday, September 27 - Evening Rehearsal / Set-up to prepare for Preview of Champions


Saturday, September 28 - PREVIEW OF CHAMPIONS MARCHING BAND COMPETITION - MBB works and performs!!!


Saturday, October 5 - Home Game (Homecoming) – Game Time 1:30 p.m.


Saturday, October 12 - Home Game – Game Time 6:00 p.m.


Saturday, November 2 - Home Game – Game Time 6:00 p.m.


Saturday, November 16 - Home Game – Game Time 6:00 p.m.


Thursday, November 21 – Young People’s Concert - 9:30 a.m.


Friday, November 22 – MBB Concert – 7:30 p.m.


Saturday, November 23 - NCAA D-II 1st Round Play-off Game - TBD


Saturday, November 30 - NCAA D-II 2nd Round Play-off Game - TBD


Saturday, December 7 - NCAA D-II 3rd Round Play-off Game - TBD


Saturday, December 14 - NCAA D-II Semi-Final Play-off Game - TBD


Saturday, December 21 - NCAA D-II Championship Play-off Game - TBD


Athletic Bands at McKendree University
Tentative dates will be removed as our performance schedule is finalized. At this point we have five solid commitments with five home games and our Preview of Champions show.  We may have an away game, may be invited to another competition to perform as the guest marching band or may host a 2nd marching band competition exclusively for smaller bands.  At this point we do not project performing on more than seven Saturdays in the fall.   This calendars is current as of May 2, 2012!




1) Rehearsals are held from 3:00-5:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Friday rehearsals MAY run a little late.


2) Game day rehearsals are held approximately 4-5 hours prior to the kick-off. These rehearsals typically run 2 hours.


3) We try to take off a few Fridays throughout the semester when we can. These will be announced the week prior but are finalized the rehearsal prior based upon how well we are doing in rehearsals. 


Purple & White Pep Bands


The Purple and White Pep Bands are made up of all the woodwind and brass members of the MBB along with several rhythm section members. The MBB splits into two groups based upon equal instrumentation and perform at almost all home basketball games. The game schedule is usually released at the end of September. Fall semester commitment is usually about six games per band in November and early December. Spring semester this year included four double-header Saturday games for the Purple Pep Band and three double-header Thursday games and one single Tuesday game for the White Pep Band. All members report for the conference play-off which take place in early March. The full band may travel away for National Tournament play-offs. Total spring semester commitment including play-offs this year was approximately 25-27 hours not including the national tournament.




Purple & White Pep Band Schedule for Fall 2013
(Call time is 35 minutes prior to time listed on the schedule)


Coming Soon!!!





Marching Bearcat Band Camp Frequently Asked Questions



I’m confused. When do I show up?


Tuesday, August 13th
Section Leaders @ 11:00 a.m.
Everyone else @ 4:30 p.m. for meeting, dinner, and registration


Do I have to attend the Tuesday night meal?


The Tuesday night dinner is optional for returning members. We would like for all new members to attend.


What do I need to bring to MBB Camp?


We will be outside marching for at least 4 hours per day so you will need good, comfortable shoes suitable for marching (no flip flops or sandals without straps).  Sunscreen, loose and comfortable clothing and a hat / cap are highly recommended.   We don’t typically slow down or go inside due to the heat so having some exposure prior to getting here is strongly suggested so you are used to being outside.  I would recommend bringing an extra change of clothes each day to rehearsal just in case we have an extraordinarily hot day or we get caught in the rain.  That way you have something to change into for the rest of the day / evening.  Please bring khaki shorts, white socks and tennis shoes for the Purple / White Scrimmage game on Saturday, August 24th. Other than that, just plan for what you would need in your dorm room or apartment. You will also need to bring a lyre that FITS your instrument and 2 flip folders as well as any items necessary for your instrument (valve or slide oil, extra reeds, etc.).


What time should new students arrive for move-in on the 13th and where should they go?


Students and accompanying family members should park in the main parking lot near the Fitness Center (go 2/3s around the circle drive with the statue and take the entrance into the parking lot) and meet in the Front Lobby of The Hett at 4:30 p.m.


How do students check into the residence halls?


After students have completed the MBB registration process they should go to their assigned residence halls and find the RD (Residence Director).  The RD will check in the students.  It would help if KKPsi members or Section Leaders can accompany each student / family to the dorm and help them to find the RD to check-in and then help each student to move into the dorm.


Do I move into my actual room or am I in temporary housing?


All MBB Members who will be living on campus will move into the room which you will be assigned to for the remainder of the semester so you don’t have to worry about moving twice when you come to camp! The dorms are air conditioned.


Can I check into the dorm rooms early?


No one is allowed to check in prior to Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. We realize this presents an inconvenience for those of you driving long distances and we apologize for that inconvenience.


Will I have time to unpack and set up my room before rehearsal starts?


Our first official session will be a mixer for all students (especially new students) from 9:30-10:30 p.m. in the Hett.  We want to make certain that you have an opportunity to meet and get to know the people you will be spending intensive time with for the next week.  You will have some time between our MBB registration and this meeting at 9:30 to get settled in.  If you forgot anything major Kappa Kappa Psi (honorary band fraternity) will be taking students to Wal Mart / Taco Bell on Tuesday night to pick up items you need for your room.


Will students be eating in the dining hall for most meals during band camp?


Almost all meals will take place in Ames Dining Hall during band camp.  There may be one exception to that but the cost is covered by the university.

Is there any down time for me to meet and get to know people or would I have to wait for classes to start for that to happen?


Kappa Kappa Psi sponsors a number of events on the evenings that we conclude rehearsal at 5:00 p.m.  You are all highly encouraged to attend these events as they are a great way for the band to spend time with each other.  So much of our time is spent working in sections that we don’t have an opportunity to interact as much across those sectional boundaries.  These events are structured for you to get to know people outside your section / instrument group.


What do we do on the evenings where there is no rehearsal?


Tuesday, August 13 – Walmart/Taco Bell Run


Thursday, August 15 – Ice Cream Social/Get to know you games


Saturday, August 17 – Sand Volleyball/Dairy King/Game Night


Tuesday, August 20 – Dodge Ball in the Intramural Gym


What takes place at the MBB registration?  Is this separate from McKendree’s registration process?


All MBB members go through the MBB registration process so we can make certain that we have all your paperwork completed, register you for lessons, collect your band fee, assign you a locker, pass out music, make certain that your instrument is in good working condition, purchase any additional items for your instrument (reeds, ligature, valve oil), and a variety of other administrative items.  We do this so we don’t have to pester you and your parents throughout the semester with more paperwork, etc.  Our MBB registration ONLY pertains to the Marching Bearcat Band.  You will go through a separate registration / check-in process for the university.


What do my band fees cover?  How much are they?


Fall 2014 Member Fees

All student planning who are participating in the Marching Bearcat Band will be responsible for paying a yearly fee.  Please include a check made out to McKendree University Bands and mail prior to McKendree University Bands, 701 College Road, Lebanon, IL 62254.  The due date is Friday, August 3, 2012.  Following are the two fee schedules based upon your status as a MBB Member.


Returning Member Fees


The fee schedule for RETURNING MBB MEMBERS is $45.00.  This fee will pay for the dry-cleaning of your marching band uniform, any meals for away trips, and meals provided on game days (football and basketball).  This fee is NOT inclusive any other items which may be required for marching band (marching shoes) or items necessary for private lessons (tuner, metronome, etc.) 


New Member Fees (members who will be MBB Members for the first time)


The fee schedule for NEW MBB MEMBERS is $140.00.  This fee will pay for the following items necessary for you to be a MBB Member:


MBB Polo - $25.00


MBB Cap - $15.00


MBB T-Shirt - $10.00


MBB Coat - $45.00


In addition, this fee will pay for the dry-cleaning of your marching band uniform, any meals for away trips, and meals provided on game days (football and basketball).  This fee is NOT inclusive any other items which may be required for marching band (black marching band shoes) or items necessary for private lessons (tuner, metronome, etc.)



What time should KKPsi members plan on being at camp on the 13th?


KKPsi members who are not involved in section leader training will need to plan on arriving by 3:00 p.m. to begin cooking the meal scheduled for 5:00 p.m. We will process you through registration after our new members have moved into the dorms on Tuesday night.


Current MBB Students


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