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The Pride of the Hilltoppers

Big Red Marching Band in Stadium
The Pride of the Hilltoppers

The Big Red Marching Band is the largest and most visible performing ensemble on campus with over 270 students representing 60+ majors.  The BRMB performs for all Hilltopper football games, at campus and community events as well as select area marching contests. Membership in the Big Red Marching Band is open to anyone who has previously participated in a marching band regardless of academic major. The Big Red Marching Band rehearses on Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the fall semester from 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. with additional dress rehearsals on performance days. Every student who enrolls in the marching band is eligible for at least a $1000 stipend for the fall semester. For more information about the Big Red Marching Band at Western Kentucky University, contact Dr. Gary Schallert or Dr. Matthew McCurry.



Why Join?
Why join us?

The members are the ones who make the Big Red Marching Band!  We have a place for you on the field and in the stands.  If you have marching band experience, we want you!  Check out what our students say.




BRMB History
BRMB History

The Big Red Marching Band has a rich history of traditions and fantastic performances that spans over a century.  Take a look at the history of the BRMB.




BRMB Faculty & Staff
Meet our Directors & Staff!

It takes a great team to make the Big Red Marching Band the well-oiled machine that it is. Click below to meet our fantastic band directors and staff.



BRMB Staff

How to Join
How to join

Membership in the Big Red Marching Band is open to any student at WKU with previous marching experience.  If you are interested in being a part of the BRMB, fill out the intent form by clicking below. We are so glad to meet you!


How to Join


The Big Red Marching Band Pre-Season Camp is held the week before school begins.  Band students are allowed to move into their housing before other students and have the opportunity to get settled into their new spaces before classes begin.  Pre-Season Camp typically runs from 8:30a - 9:30p each day with breaks built into the schedule.  Arrangements have already been made for first-year students who are attending orientation sessions. 

The 2021 Pre-Season Camp is scheduled for AUGUST 14 - 21, 2021.  Colorguard and percussion clinics will usually start a day or two before.  Once you have signed up for MUS-347 Marching Band, you will recieve the Pre-Season Press with all the information you need for Pre-Season Camp.


2021 Band Camp Schedule   - *Now available!  Remember, this could change.  You will receive an official 'final' copy via email.

2021 Band Camp Info   - The 2021 Preseason Press is now available.


COUNTOWN TO THE FIRST DAY OF PRE-SEASON CAMP!  Have you filled out the intent form yet?


One of the perks of being a member of the Big Red Marching Band is the Early Move-In before band camp begins.

The 2021-2022 assigned dates for band members are:
August 11 - Percussion, Colorguard, and Leadership Members
August 13 - All Band Members
August 14 - All Band Members

You should have received an email from Housing and Residence Life (HRL) about early move-in sign-ups and procedures. Please follow those procedures to request your early move-in date.  Early Move-In requests should be available for returning band members by JUNE 1. You will only be able to register for early move-in once you have registered for the class (MUS 347) and your name has been approved by Dr. McCurry.  Please allow some time for this approval process to take place.  We promise you will be able to move into your dorm room in time for band camp. 

Enjoy this perk of being a BRMB Member!  We look forward to seeing you back on campus!

Thank you for your interest in the Big Red Marching Band Drumline!

There are 5 factors and expectations of the BRMB members that will lead to EXCELLENCE as a college drumline member:

  • Student Leadership
  • Rehearsal Time (personal practice and sectionals)
  • Drive
  • New Ideas / Creativity
  • Culture (respecting each other, the process, and everyone who's involved in the process)


Playing Expectations

  • Must be physically fit enough to carry a drum or cymbals for extended periods of time
  • Must have experience on a marching drum, cymbals, or front ensemble instrument
  • Be prepared to mark and play at tempos of up to 200 BPM
  • Be prepared to learn new music each week
  • Be prepared with knowledge of basic strokes and playing positions on the instrument that you are wanting to play (Bass technique, Traditional Grip, Tenor Zones, etc.)


Instrument Placement
Instrument placement for the drumline and front ensembles takes place during the first percussion clinic prior to band camp.  Percussionist will begin clinics typically two days before band camp officially begins.  This gives us the opportunity to see you play and place you on an instrument that will be most successful for you and the ensemble. 


Percussion Move-In
Since percussion begins camp earlier than everyone else, the assigned early move-in day for percussion is AUGUST 11.

Sample Placement Music
Take a look at the following excerpt ... If you are comfortable playing what is on the page, you will be setup for success on the Big Red Marching Band Drumline.

Snare Drum Bass Drum Tenor Drums Cymbals

Thank you for your interest in the Western Kentucky University Colorguard, also known as The Big Red Rubies!

As a member of the Color Guard and the Big Red Marching Band, you are a valuable and visible representative of not only the WKU athletic teams, but also our University and the great state of Kentucky. The Colorguard performs at all home football games for both pregame and halftime in addition to various special events like parades, exhibitions, and the Topperwalk as part of the Big Red Marching Band. The rewards from participating in this type of organization cannot be measured. Imagine the excitement of performing at major Conference-USA (C-USA) events, performing at some of the regional and conference away games, and traveling to various venues around the country. Earning a position with the Big Red Rubies at WKU will allow you to make friendships that last a lifetime and create some of the most memorable experiences of your life!

In order to be successful, prospective members should be familiar with the following techniques:

Basic Flag Skills

  • Cones
  • Drop Spins on both sides
  • Pop Toss
  • Standard Double
  • Standard 45

For members auditioning for Rifle and Sabre:

  • Drop Spins on both sides
  • Double Time
  • Tosses through quads



  • A healthy and positive attitude is the most important thing to bring with you!
  • Please wear form fitting athletic clothing and athletic shoes.  No jewelry, jeans, or sandals.
  • Clinics will be held over two saturday's in July with a video clinic option for those who cannot attend the in-person clinic.
  • Clinics will consist of a dance line combination as well as equipment fundamentals and combinations on flag, rifle, and sabre.
  • All members are required to spin flag, but are not required to be versed in other areas.

What to Bring:

  • Large water jug and snacks.
  • Rifle and/or sabre if considering this type of equipment


TENATIVE CLINIC DATES - More information will be sent to those who fill out the intent form

JULY 10 - Clinic Day #1
JULY 24 - Clinic Day #2
JULY 31 - Video Submission Deadline (for those unable to attend the clinics)


If you or your friends are interested in becoming a Ruby for the 2021 season, please fill out the intent form.  Addiditonal information regarding events will be sent to those who have completed this form.  We would love to have you!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jessie Price, Colorguard Director at jessie.wilson85@gmail.com.

Instagram - @BigRedRubies
Facebook - WKU Colorguard 2020


Delta Omicron Crest

The Omicron Omicron Chapter of Delta Omicron is Western Kentucky University’s only professional honors music fraternity. We are a co-ed organization founded in 1909 that is diverse, accepting, and community-driven. Our mission is to promote and support music through excellence in music and musicianship. We do this by holding fundraisers and donating funds to local music schools, volunteering our help at WKU performances in the concert hall, granting scholarships to worthy musicians, and performing for the community each semester. Being a member of Delta Omicron is an unforgettable experience that not only promotes professional character growth, but it also gives musicians the opportunity to come together to create long-lasting friendships. 

If you are interested in learning more about our organization, please contact us!

Instagram: @deltaomicronwku
Chapter President: Noelle Fleek, noelle.fleek135@topper.wku.edu


Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Crest
Phi Mu Alpha is the world's oldest and largest secret national fraternal society in music. Western Kentucky University is home to the Iota Mu Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia which has been around for 61 years! We are an all-male fraternity that focuses on the community around us and the welfare of all music students. We love giving back to the community through music, which is something we do every semester. We also love to help the music community around us by donating funds. which is something we also do every semester. Overall, the Iota Mu Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is a place where all who are in it feel welcomed and loved by one another and together we strive to help those around us.
We'd love to get to know you, so please reach out to us!
Instagram: @phimualpha_wku
Chapter President: Jackson Parker

Are scholarships available to members of the Big Red Marching Band?

  • YES! Every student that is in the Big Red Marching Band gets a scholarship!



  • First-Year Members - $1,000
  • Second-Year Members - $1,200
  • Third-Year Members - $1,400
  • 4th Year+ Members - $1,600

We also offer scholarships to students who serve in Leadership positions and that serve on the Uniform Crew.


All of these scholarships are in addition to any others that you may have been offered.  It really pays to be a part of the BRMB!

Type Event Date Location Time
Pregame/Haltifme WKU vs. UT Martin 9/2 WKU Houchens Stadium 7:00p
Pregame/Haltifme WKU vs. Indiana 9/25 WKU Houchens Stadium 7:00p
Pregame/Haltifme WKU vs. UTSA 10/9 WKU Houchens Stadium 6:00p
Exhibition Band Exhibition Tour 10/22 TBA TBA
Exhibition KMEA Quarterfinals 10/23 Warren East High School TBA
Parade 2021 Homecoming Parade 10/29 TBA TBA
Pregame/Haltifme WKU vs. Charlotte - HC 10/30 WKU Houchens Stadium 3:00p
Pregame/Haltifme WKU vs. MTSU 11/6 WKU Houchens Stadium 2:30p
Pregame/Haltifme WKU vs. Florida Atlantic 11/20 WKU Houchens Stadium 11:00a
Ballgame Performance C-USA Championship Game 12/4 TBA TBA
Bowl Performance Bowl Game TBA TBA TBA


This calendar, dates, times, and locations are subject to change.  Any changes will be reported to students as soon as feasibly possible. 



BRMB Members
Majors Represented
Member Receives Band Scholarship
Coach Buses to Away Games
8 min
High-Energy Traditional Pregame Show
Musical Experience


There are always questions when you are looking into a new program.  We love answering your questions, feel free to ask.
Check out some of the most frequently asked questions about the Big Red Marching Band by clicking below.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 Last Modified 8/31/21