Marching Mizzou

Marching Mizzou

Marching Mizzou

The Southeastern Conference has long been known for fielding many of the finest marching bands at the collegiate level, and the University of Missouri, one of the leading educational and research institutions in the world, is no exception. Marching Mizzou, also known as the “Big ‘M’ of the Midwest,” has grown over its 135-year history to be the most visible and largest ensemble in the School of Music. Although many of its core members are music majors, Marching Mizzou boasts an even higher number of students representing nearly every discipline across campus. In the fall of 2020, 84% of the membership of Band 135 consisted of non-music majors. 

Marching Mizzou advances into its second century with a time-honored tradition of excellence that combines quality musicianship, spirit, and pride to create their nationally-renowned excitement that blends the great traditions of the University of Missouri with the exciting performance styles of today. With powerful music, creative show designs, and a marching style that is clean, precise, quick moving, and entertaining, Marching Mizzou continues to captivate audiences of all ages at football games, parades, and performances both domestic and abroad, rightfully taking its place among the nation’s oldest and finest university band programs.

In addition to performances across Missouri and the United States, Marching Mizzou has performed at the 2012 and 2016 St. Patrick’s Festival Parade in Dublin, Ireland. While in Ireland, Marching Mizzou also performed in the Limerick International Marching Band Festival and Competition where they were distinguished as the International Band Champions. Marching Mizzou planned to return to Ireland this March for both the 2020 St. Patrick's Festival Parade and Limerick International Marching Band Festival and Competition until the COVID-19 pandemic forced the postponement, then cancellation of the trip in 2021. We look forward to returning to participating in these events when we are able to travel safely. 

Marching Mizzou has been under the direction of Dr. Amy M. Knopps, Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands and Dr. Pete Zambito, Assistant Director of Athletic Bands since 2017. In the fall of 2020, we welcomed Dr. Christan Noon, Assistant Director of Bands to the School of Music and Marching Mizzou faculty. 

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Mini Mizzou

Mini Mizzou, comprised of some of the best students of Marching Mizzou, is a highly spirited ensemble that performs at two away SEC Football games per season and all home Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball games, and tournaments. In addition to their numerous campus and community appearances, Mini Mizzou performs at various alumni functions and university extension activities throughout the United States as well as the Men's and Women's Basketball SEC Tournaments and NCAA Tournaments for Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, and Volleyball. Membership is open to all current members of Marching Mizzou by audition in the fall semester.

Woodwind & Brass

2019 M2 Trombone

Auditions for Marching Mizzou begin in January of each year at the start of the spring semester for the University of Missouri. To request an audition, complete the online application found in the upper right hand corner of this page. Auditions can be scheduled on a day of your choosing (Monday-Friday), pending faculty availability, either during the spring semester or during your Summer Welcome orientation session. Typically, the afternoon of the second day of your Summer Welcome orientation works best to schedule an audition. For your audition please prepare 2-4 minutes of music. Prepared music may come from the same piece or two different solos and/or etudes. Please work to demonstrate your best tone quality, intonation, musicality, and technical ability on your instrument. Auditions take place at the Sinquefield Music Center (1101 University Ave.) and are hosted by Dr. Amy M. Knopps, Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands, Dr. Christian Noon, Assistant Director of Bands, and/or Dr. Pete Zambito, Assistant Director of Athletic Bands. 

If you are unable to audition in person, you may request an online audition or submit an mp3 file or unlisted YouTube link of your selected audition materials. Please complete the online application and indicate you either want to complete your audition over Zoom, FaceTime, or Skype or intend to submit a recording in the "Additional Comments" section. If submitting a video, please perform the same items as requested in the previous paragraph. Prior to playing, please state your name and high school. After your video has been submitted and reviewed, Dr. Knopps will follow up with email correspondence regarding the outcome of your audition. Please send your audition materials to Brooke Danielsen, Coordinator of Large Instrumental Ensembles at Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, remote audition options are preferred, though in-person auditions can be scheduled upon request. Please be sure your preferred method of audition is clearly specified on your audition application.

For woodwind or brass members, during your high school career if you were a member of your All-State, All-District, or Conference Band, or earned a "I/Gold" rating at a State Music Solo and Ensemble Festival you are automatically accepted into Marching Mizzou pending membership availability on your instrument. In the "Additional Comments" section of your online application please list your accomplishments. After your application has been submitted and reviewed Dr. Knopps will follow up with email correspondence regarding your application status. 

All students accepted into Marching Mizzou are required to attend our Marching Mizzou Band Camp in August prior to the start of the fall semester and register for the course MUS_ENS 1841, Section 12: Instrumental Ensemble-Marching Mizzou. Early check-in for those living in residence halls will be arranged by Marching Mizzou. Additional details regarding our band camp and fall season are included in our "Marching Mizzou Summer Newsletter" emailed to all accepted new members as well as returning members on June 1st.

Marching Mizzou Drumline

Drumline 2020

Auditions for our Marching Mizzou Drumline were completed via video audition due on June 1, 2020 and are now closed for the 2020-21 academic year. Please stay tuned for information regarding our Marching Mizzou Drumline audition process for Band 136 and the 2021-22 academic year. 

If you have any questions about participation in the Marching Mizzou Drumline, please contact Clif Walker (, Director of the Marching Mizzou Drumline.

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Mizzou Color Guard

  Color Guard 2020

Auditions for our Marching Mizzou Color Guard were completed via video audition due on June 1, 2020 and are now closed for the 2020-21 academic year. Please stay tuned for information regarding our Marching Mizzou Color Guard audition process for Band 136 and the 2021-22 academic year.  

If you have any questions about participation in the Marching Mizzou Color Guard, please contact Christina Thalhuber, Director of Guards, Marching Mizzou Color Guard and Ionic Winter Guard at

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Ionic Winter Guard 

Ionic Winter Guard

Named after the classical order of classical architecture on the six columns that stand on the University of Missouri campus, Ionic Winter Guard provides members of our Mizzou Color Guard the opportunity to perform in an IA winter guard. Membership is open by audition to any Mizzou Guard member that has participated in the corresponding year's fall season. If you have any questions about our audition process or participation in Ionic Winter Guard, please contact Christina Thalhuber, Director of Guards, Marching Mizzou Color Guard and Ionic Winter Guard at

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Feature Twirlers

Feature Twirler Simone Esters

Feature Twirler auditions for the 2021 edition of Marching Mizzou are scheduled for Saturday, March 6, 2021. All interested candidates must submit application materials by February 1, 2021, in order to be considered for an audition. Audition requirements may be found here or on the right hand side of this page. Upon review of submitted applications, invitations for the March audition will be extended. If you have any questions about our audition process or participation in Marching Mizzou as a Feature Twirler please contact Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands, Dr. Amy M. Knopps at

Golden Girls

2019 Golden Girls

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High School Marching Events

Important Update as of 7/24/20: The University of Missouri Band Program has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 University of Missouri Champion of Champions Marching Festival scheduled for Saturday, October 10, 2020, the Mizzou Homecoming Parade Band Competition scheduled for Saturday, October 24, and move the 75th Annual Marching Mizzou Band Day, scheduled for Saturday, September 5, to an online experience this fall. 

We thank you for your support of our band program and these annual events, but we made this decision for the health and safety of all involved. We feel it would be irresponsible to move forward with an event that is not aligned with the current and projected fall guidelines from the Boone County Department of Health and input from medical experts at MU Health Care, the official sponsor of Marching Mizzou. Any competition fees will be refunded or, if you prefer, we are happy to roll them over to 2021. 

In regards to the 75th Annual Marching Mizzou Band Day, see below for information about this re-imagined event offering an online performance format.

As of 8/28/2020, the University of Missouri has cancelled the Homecoming Parade. 

We realize this is yet another devastating element of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we stand ready to assist your students and program as best we can this academic year as you focus on what IS possible and keep music education alive and thriving in your schools.  

As your academic year progresses, please let us know how we can be of service to you and your students. If you would like additional information about the University of Missouri School of Music, please visit You and your students will be able to read about our outstanding wind and percussion faculty members, degree offerings, and our performing ensembles.  

We look forward to hosting you next fall for the Marching Mizzou Band Day on Saturday, September 4, 2021, the Champion of Champions Marching Band Festival on Saturday, October 16, 2021, and the Mizzou Homecoming Parade & Band Competition when that date has been determined.


The University of Missouri Bands traditionally hosts three annual marching band events each fall. Please see below for more information regarding Band Day, Homecoming, and Champion of Champions. Contact Brooke Danielsen, Coordinator of Large Ensembles, at (573) 882-3439 or if you have additional questions. 

A Virtual Celebration of Excellence in Marching Arts Performance

Our virtual celebration is FREE and open to all high school band programs across the country for any size of program in any class or division. Join us virtually at the University of Missouri as we celebrate the 75th Annual Marching Mizzou Band Day.  Let's make history together this year and focus on keeping music education and the marching arts thriving in our band programs. Video submissions will be accepted in the following categories through Friday, October 2, 2020:

Outdoor/Field Performance - Standstill Musical Performance 
Outdoor/Field Performance - Field Show Performance 
Collective Online Performance - Individual Student Submissions Constructed into a Collective Performance (Creativity is encouraged)
Drumline/Front Ensemble
Color Guard
Feature Twirlers

We will stream performances live on our Marching Mizzou Facebook Page on the original date of our Champion of Champions Marching Festival, Saturday, October 10, 2020. A live-stream schedule will be distributed on Monday, October 5, 2020 and performances will be shown by category. Although this non-competitive event is designed as a celebration of the marching arts, schools will still be recognized for their excellence in performance. Performances by our Marching Mizzou Drumline, Color Guard, Feature Twirlers, and Marching Mizzou will close our virtual celebration prior to the recognition of excellence in performance. Please register your band here

HOMECOMING PARADE BAND COMPETITION - Saturday, October 24, 2020 - CANCELLED. As of 8/27/20, the Homecoming Parade has been cancelled by the University of Missouri. 
Experience the excitement of MU Homecoming by participating in the annual Mizzou Homecoming Parade & Band Competition. 
Entry deadline: Thursday, October 1, 2020
2020 Homecoming Application

CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS - Saturday, October 10, 2020 - CANCELLED
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."
Entry deadline: Tuesday, September 15, 2020
2020 Champion of Champions Application


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