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 133-year history to be the most visible ensemble in the School of Music and the largest student organization on campus. Although many of its core members are music majors, Marching Mizzou boasts an even higher number of students representing nearly every discipline across campus.
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 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.
Marching Mizzou is 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.
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Mini Mizzou, comprised of some of the best students of Marching Mizzou, is a highly spirited ensemble that performs at 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.
Woodwind & Brass
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 our School of Music Large Ensembles Offices located at 202 Loeb Hall (303 S. 6th Street, Columbia, MO) and are hosted by Dr. Amy M. Knopps, Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands and/or Dr. Pete Zambito, Assistant Director of Athletic Bands.
If you are unable to audition in person, you may request a Skype/Facetime audition or submit an mp3 file or private YouTube link of your selected audition materials. Please complete the online application and indicate you either want to complete your audition over Skype/Facetime 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 a personal call to discuss your submission and complete a short interview. Please send your audition materials to Brooke Danielsen, Coordinator of Large Instrumental Ensembles at email@example.com.
All students accepted into Marching Mizzou are required to attend our Marching Mizzou Band Camp in August. 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 accepted new members and returning members in mid-June.
The first phase of auditions for the 2019 Marching Mizzou Drumline are scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in 201 Loeb Hall (303 S. 6th Street, Columbia, MO). Incoming and current Mizzou students are invited to audition. Note returning members must re-audition for placement each year. Students previsionally selected for the 2019 Mizzou Drumline are required to attend our Marching Mizzou Mini Camp this July 12-14, 2019. Our Marching Mizzou Mini Camp serves as the second and final phase of our audition process. If selected you are required to attend our Marching Mizzou Band Camp in August.
If you are interested in auditioning, please complete the online application found in the upper right hand corner of this page and select Saturday, May 4 as your audition date. For your audition please prepare music included in the 2019 Audition Packets posted on the right-hand side of this page. If you have any questions about the audition material or participation in the Mizzou Drumline, please contact Clif Walker, Director of the Mizzou Drumline or Clayton Carter, our Assistant Director of the Mizzou Drumline:
Clif Walker - firstname.lastname@example.org
Auditions for the Mizzou Color Guard are scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you are interested in auditioning, please complete the online application found in the upper right hand corner of this page and select Saturday, May 4 as your audition date.
Students named to the 2019 Mizzou Color Guard are required to attend our Marching Mizzou Mini Camp this July 12-14, 2019, in addition to our Marching Mizzou Band Camp in August. If you have any questions about our audition process or participation in the Mizzou Color Guard please contact our Instructor Jayme Krizanich-Simmons at:
Marching Mizzou Color Guard Tutorials can be viewed at the playlist found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEhwpuwjSeU&list=PLw2BKkGG3H2AC0jC8etc375NfewlOCnLI
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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 Director Christina Thalhumber at:
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Feature Twirler auditions for the 2020 edition of Marching Mizzou are scheduled for Saturday, March 7, 2020. All interested candidates must submit application materials by February 1, 2020, in order to be considered for an audition. Audition requirements may be found 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:
For information about Golden Girl auditions, visit https://mutigers.com/news/2017/12/20/spirit-squads-2018-19-golden-girls-tryout-information.aspx.
High School Marching Events
The University of Missouri Bands host 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 Instrumental Ensembles at (573) 882-3439 or email@example.com if you have additional questions. We hope to host you in 2019!
BAND DAY - Saturday, September 7, 2019: MU vs. West Virginia
Join Marching Mizzou for a memorable halftime performance during a Tiger Football game at Memorial Stadium!
Entry deadline: Friday, August 30, 2019
2019 Band Day Application
High school twirlers interested in participating in Band Day should fill out an application here.
HOMECOMING PARADE - Saturday, October 12, 2019
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!
Entry deadline: Friday, September 13, 2019
2019 Homecoming Application
Columbia Public School directors should complete and submit the 2019 Columbia Public Schools Homecoming Application.
CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS - Saturday, October 19, 2019
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: Friday, August 30, 2019
2019 Champion of Champions Application