Marching Mizzou, also known as the "Big 'M' of the Midwest," is the most visible ensemble in the School of Music and is the largest student organization on campus. Marching Mizzou is comprised of over 300 students from nearly every major within the University. This time-honored organization combines “Tiger” pride, quality musicianship, unrivaled dedication and over 110 years of tradition to create their nationally renowned gridiron excitement.
In addition to performances across Missouri and the United States, Marching Mizzou recently performed at the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. While in Ireland, Marching Mizzou also performed in the Limerick International Band Championship where they were distinguished as the International Band Champions.
The marching and musical style for which Marching Mizzou has become famous blends the great traditions of MU with the exciting performance styles of today. Marching Mizzou is well known for the unmatched excellence of its musical performances along with a marching style that is quick moving and entertaining. Marching Mizzou is under the direction of Dr. Amy Knopps.
Comprised of the best musicians of Marching Mizzou, this highly spirited ensemble performs at men's and women's home basketball games and tournaments, as well as home volleyball games. In addition to its numerous campus appearances, the band performs at various alumni functions and university extension activities throughout the United States. Recent activities have included trips to Utah, California, and Idaho. Membership is open to all current members of Marching Mizzou by audition.
Woodwind & Brass
Auditions for Marching Mizzou begin in January of each year. To request an audition, complete the online application. Auditions can be scheduled on a day of your choosing either during the spring semester or during Summer Welcome (Monday – Friday). Typically, the afternoon of the second day of your Summer Welcome visit works best to schedule an audition. Auditions consist of a short, prepared piece (16-24 bars) of your choosing and a brief interview. Please prepare something that displays both technical and lyrical playing. Auditions will take place at 202 Loeb Hall (303 S. 6th Street, Columbia, MO).
If you are unable to audition in person, you may submit a CD, mp3 file, or private YouTube link of your selected audition materials. Please complete the online application and indicate you intend to submit a recording in the Additional Comments section. In the video, please play a solo or etude that demonstrates your technical and lyrical ability. Your video submission should be at least 4 minutes long. Prior to playing, please state your name and high school. After your video has been submitted and reviewed, Dr. Knopps will follow up with a personal call for a further interview. Send your audition materials to the Coordinator of Large Instrumental Ensembles at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All students accepted into Marching Mizzou are expected to attend full band camp in August. Early check-in for those living in residence halls will be arranged by Marching Mizzou. Additional details regarding band camp and the upcoming season will be mailed to M2 members in June.
Auditions for the 2018 Marching Mizzou Drumline are scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at 201 Loeb Hall (303 S. 6th Street, Columbia, MO). Incoming and current Mizzou students are invited to audition. Veteran members must re-audition for placement every year. Students selected for the 2018 M2 Drumline are expected to attend Drumline Camp July 13-15, 2018, in addition to the full band camp in August.
If you are interested in auditioning, please fill out the Drumline Registration Form and return it to email@example.com no later than Friday, March 23, 2018. If you are unable to attend in person or have questions about the audition process, please contact Dr. Knopps. 2018 Audition Packets will be posted under the Audition Materials tab on the right-hand side of this page. For questions about the audition material, please contact the current drumline graduate assistant:
Auditions for the Marching Mizzou Color Guard are scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 10 am to 1pm. Students accepted into the 2018 M2 Color Guard will be expected to attend Color Guard Camp July 13-15, 2018, in addition to the full band camp in August. We are currently taking auditions by appointment; if interested please contact the Color Guard Coordinator, Jayme Simmons at:
Follow us on Twitter @MizzouGuard and on Instagram @M2ColorGuard!
Marching Mizzou Color Guard Clinics
The Marching Mizzou Color Guard is offering free clinics to all high school color guard members. Please check here for future dates.
Twirler auditions for Marching Mizzou are scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2018. All interested twirlers must submit application materials by March 1, 2018, in order to be considered for an audition. Upon review of submitted applications, invitations for the April audition will be extended.
For information about Golden Girl auditions, visit mutigers.com.
High School Marching Events
The University of Missouri Bands host three annual marching band events. Please see below for more information regarding Band Day, Homecoming, and Champion of Champions. We hope your high school band is able to join us in 2017! Contact the Large Instrumental Ensembles Office at (573) 882-3438 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions.
BAND DAY - September 9, 2017
Entry deadline: August 11, 2017
Join Marching Mizzou for a memorable halftime performance during a Tiger Football game at Memorial Stadium.
For high school twirlers interested in participating in Band Day, please fill out an application here.
CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS - October 14, 2017
Early registration deadline: July 28, 2017
Final registration deadline: August 25, 2017
Participation in this field show competition allows marching bands the opportunity to compete in a prelims/finals format for the title of "Champion of Champions."
Classes with more than seven bands entered will be split into subgroupings for competition. Classes must have at least three entries for the top-scoring band to automatically advance to finals. Prelim scores will determine eligibility for remaining spots in finals competition. Adjudication sheets for Champion of Champions are identical to BOA format. Bands will be assigned performance times within each division based first on 2016 results followed by postmark date for all new applicants.
HOMECOMING PARADE - October 21, 2017
Entry deadline: August 25, 2017
Experience the excitement of MU Homecoming by participating in the annual Mizzou Homecoming Parade & Band Competition. This event is strictly limited to 15 bands, so get your application in early! Columbia Public School directors should complete and submit the application for CPS exhibition bands.
Don Flora Scholarship
The Don Flora Scholarship will be awarded to 5-6 incoming and/or returning Marching Mizzou students who demonstrate financial need. Music and non-music majors are able to apply. Recipients of this scholarship will be required to be enrolled in Marching Mizzou in the fall semester and a concert band in the spring. There is no requirement for taking lessons with this scholarship. It is a one-year scholarship that can be renewed, but students will need to re-apply each year. Please send your application form to email@example.com by the August 1, 2017.