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Marching Bearcat Band

The Marching Bearcat Band (MBB) is the most visible performing ensemble on the McKendree University campus. The MBB performs at all home football games, is the host and featured performing ensemble at our Preview of Champions Marching Band Competition and the McKendree University Small Band Marching Band Championship, and is the Local Organizing Committee of Drum Corps International’s Midwestern Championship show at the Dome of Mid-America in St. Louis.

Each fall, the band wraps up their season with a staged and specially lighted concert in the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts. The show highlights music and choreography performed during the season by the Marching Bearcat Band!


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Bearcat Band Member for a Day!

During the school year, we offer several opportunities for prospective students to come and spend a day in the life of a McKendree University Bearcat Band Member.

Click here for upcoming dates and register today! 


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Thinking about pursuing your passion for band and color guard after high school? The MBB is made up of students from many different disciplines: approximately 65% majoring in areas outside music and 35% majoring or minoring in music.

Sign up for a Marching Bearcat Band Audition today by visiting

If you would like to speak with an Athletic Bands representative about our programs, scholarships and events, simply fill out our info form by clicking the gold button.

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1. It's Fun!

College Marching Band is NOT about preparing for competitions. It's about entertainment! Starting with your first day of band camp, you’ll be building lasting friendships with people just like you! Support the athletic teams doing what you do best and enjoy the bonding time with new friends.

2. An Opportunity to Grow as a Musician

ALL of the McKendree Music Department staff of private lessons instructors are active PROFESSIONAL musicians from the Greater St. Louis area. Our MBB scholarship guidelines are designed to encourage members to take advantage of this invaluable resource. Learn more about our fantastic instructors.

3. It’s Good for You!

Prevent that “Freshman 15” with an activity you enjoy! According to a study of Arizona State University Marching Band students by V.S. Cowen, Marching Band Members take an average of 13,987.8 + 4,715.7 steps on game day and 8,337.5 + 4,015.7 steps on non-game days!

4. Insider Access to Major Music Events

Our McKendree University Athletic Bands Department annually hosts the Drum Corp International Midwestern Championship as well as the largest event on campus, our own Preview of Champions High School Marching Band Competition and the McKendree University Small Band Marching Band Championship!

5. It Pays!

Automatic $3,000 Annual MBB Scholarships for Band and Color Guard Members (ILMEA, MMEA and TNMEA musicians of at least district level qualification will receive $5,000 for their participation in both marching band and concert band.)

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Marching Band Scholarships - Up to $5,000

Awarded to students regardless of major field of study for co-curricular participation in the Marching Bearcat Band, Drumline and Color Guard. These awards will stack on top of academic scholarships. Learn what level of academic awards you can qualify for by visiting the Academic Scholarship Page.