Frequently Asked Questions

  • HAS ANYTHING CHANGED DUE TO COVID-19?

    Our leadership is working towards a productive season together, and more info will be sent out as soon as possible. Please check fall2020.shipnews.org for more information from the university.

  • DO I NEED TO AUDITION? WHEN AND WHERE ARE AUDITIONS?

    The only sections that require an audition are Drumline, Color Guard and Majorettes. Due to COVID-19, auditions will be held virtually via Zoom. Contact TRFamu@ship.edu for more information.

  • WHAT SECTIONS ARE THERE?

    The SUMB includes Flute/Piccolos, Clarinets, Alto Saxophones, Mellophones, Trumpets, Low Brass (Tenor Saxophones, Trombones, Baritones, and Tubas), Drumline, Pit Percussion, Color Guard and Majorettes.

  • I HAVEN'T HAD A LOT OF BAND EXPERIENCE, AM I STILL ABLE TO JOIN?

    The SUMB features a wide variety of skill levels and experience. We welcome any member regardless of prior experience.

  • WHAT IF I NEED TO BE ABSENT FOR A REHEARSAL OR PERFORMANCE?

    The student must complete an online absence excuse form at least 1 week prior to the absence. Details will be explained during band camp.

  • CAN THE SUMB BE TAKEN AS A CLASS? IS IT WORTH CREDITS?

    Students are given the option to take it for a credit, but it is not required. One season counts as 1 credit, and 3 credits can be applied to the Music Minor.

  • WHEN ARE REHEARSALS?

    Weekly rehearsals are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and sometimes Fridays (on performance weekends) from 3:30-5:30. Each section has their own one-hour rehearsal once a week and at day and time is decided by the group. We also rehearse Saturday mornings before home football games.

  • WHERE ARE REHEARSALS?

    Weekly rehearsals take place on our practice football field and in Seth Grove Stadium. Members will be notified of location prior to each rehearsal.

  • WHAT IF I HAVE A CLASS SCHEDULED AT THE SAME TIME AS REHEARSALS?

    Thankfully, SUMB rehearsals take place during a period when there are no classes. Students are allowed to schedule classes from 2:00-3:15pm TR before rehearsals start. Only extenuating circumstances for 5:00pm classes will be considered. Contact TRFamu@ship.edu with any questions or concerns.

  • HOW MUCH DO I NEED TO PAY?

    There is a $70 fee per student for their uniform and equipment - if the uniform stays in good condition, they receive a portion of the money back. You also need to pay for the official SUMB shirts and have the option to buy additional items. More information will be sent in the summer mailings.

    *Due to COVID-19, some of these prices have changed. More information sent in summer mailing

  • DO I NEED TO BUY MY OWN INSTRUMENT?

    Our department has a few instruments that are available, but not many. Please contact TRFamu@ship.edu for more information.

  • WHAT HAPPENS DURING GAME DAY?

    The SUMB performs at all SU home football games. Rehearsal goes from 9:25-11, then report to the loading dock after lunch for march over. We perform at tailgate, then march our pregame show for the start of the football game.

  • WHERE DOES THE BAND TRAVEL TO? DO YOU GO TO AWAY FOOTBALL GAMES?

    We travel to Allentown for the Annual Collegiate Marching Band Festival each year, and perform at various exhibitions and away games throughout the season. Every 4 years, the SUMB has the opportunity to go on once-in-a-lifetime trips abroad to perform in New Years’ Parades. We travelled to Ireland in 2014, Italy in 2018, and we’re planning a trip to Spain in 2022!

  • WHEN IS BAND CAMP? HOW LONG IS IT?

    Band camp begins two weeks prior to the start of classes. Drumline, Pit Percussion, Majorettes and Color Guard move in two days before the rest of the band for additional rehearsals.

  • WHAT DOES BAND CAMP ENTAIL?

    Learning the halftime show drill and music, along with fun socials and activities!

  • WHAT SHOULD I WEAR AND TAKE TO BAND CAMP?

    What to wear: Dress with respect to the weather outside. Comfortable sneakers, sunscreen, a hat or visor and sunglasses.                                        What to take: Instrument, instrument case, lyre, pencil, water bottle (water is supplied). You’ll receive flip folders/music, field markers, and coordinates when you arrive.

  • I'M AN INCOMING FRESHMAN, AND I'M NERVOUS. ANY HELPFUL ADVICE?

    There is no need to be nervous! Everyone in the SUMB wants you to do well. During the summer, you’ll receive mailings breaking down band camp and the rest of the season. All freshmen are also assigned a “Big”, which is an experienced band member who can help you with anything you need. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Keep a good attitude, work hard, and have fun!

  • I'M AN INCOMING FRESHMAN. WILL BAND CONFLICT WITH WELCOME WEEK?

    The SUMB makes sure that freshmen can attend as many events as they can, and we will be flexible with you if you are required to attend any meetings.

  • WHAT OTHER BAND PROGRAMS CAN I GET INVOLVED IN?

    The SU Music Department offers a full range of courses, a Theater Minor, and a Music Minor. There is a wide variety of musical groups which include: Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Pep Band, Brass Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir and Saxophone Choir.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Other music groups include: Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, Orchestra, and String Ensemble

  • WHAT IS KAPPA KAPPA PSI?

    KKΨ is a national honorary band fraternity that dedicates its time to serving college or university band programs. The Lambda Delta Chapter is here at Shippensburg and serves the band throughout the season. This can include loading and unloading equipment trucks and buses for trips, setting up yard markers, and providing water bottles.

  • WHAT LEADERSHIP POSITIONS ARE THERE?

    Student leadership positions include: Cabinet (President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary), Drum Majors, Crews (Librarian, Quartermaster, Public Relations, Instrument and Fundraising), and Section Leaders. Sign-ups for these positions are later in the school year.

  • I'M AN ALUMNUS, HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

    We have an active alumni group chat on Facebook, and we welcome our alumni back for any and all performances. Many alumni return to the BAND for Allentown weekend and Homecoming. Please contact our Vice President Allesyn Wesner at aw4973@ship.edu or Meriah Swope at meriahrae@yahoo.com for more information.

  • WHAT ARE ROADIES?

    Our roadies assist at all SUMB rehearsals, games, and performances. They refill water bottles, care for injuries, and carry out tasks as needed. Roadies can be students or alumni, but students who can play and march are highly encouraged to participate on the field.