Rich in tradition, the Golden Eagle Marching Band is an exciting group of 100 musicians and is recognized as one of the most entertaining university bands in Pennsylvania. The marching band performs at home football games, leads the Clarion Autumn Leaf Festival Parade, and has been featured at numerous high school band marching band competitions and festivals. The band's repertoire ranges from classic to contemporary and includes traditional school songs. The band is led on the field by one drum major and the Golden Girl who is the featured baton twirler. The marching band debuted new uniforms in 2015.
The Clarion University Golden Eagle Marching Band is open to all students within the university. Most students who have participated in an average high school marching band for four years have the skills to be accepted into the marching band. In addition to musical, spinning and twirling skills, students must have a positive attitude and good people skills. Joining the marching band is considered to be one of the best orientation activities for new students.
To join, students must register for the class during their scheduled orientation day. The course number is MUSA 136 (marching band), which counts toward a personal performance credit.
You must also attend a pre-season training camp, which typically starts on the Sunday, eight days before the fall semester begins. Band members move into their assigned university housing on the first day of pre-season training.
Those who register and attend band camp and successfully complete the marching band season receive a $250 scholarship and have the opportunity for other scholarships.
Color guard and majorettes must audition in April or late June. All color guard, majorettes including the Golden Girl, and percussionists are required to attend a three-day mini camp in early August.
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It doesn't cost much and it doesn't take as much time as you might think to be part of the marching band.
It costs approximately $70 for band clothing. The marching band class meets during the fall semester from 4 to 5:50 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Each section has a rehearsal once a week for approximately one hour.
The marching band performs at five home games and the annual Collegiate Marching Band Festival in Allentown.
There are no marching band competitions to attend since there is no competitive circuit for university marching bands.
Walter Hart, a successful public school teacher, organized the Golden Eagle Marching Band in 1941. The band lasted only a year before disbanding because of the outbreak of World War II. With the student population growing after the war, Hart reorganized the band in 1947 with 28 members. Hart continued as band director until 1958 when William McDonald was added to the music department staff.
McDonald continued in the position until 1960 when Dr. James Bruno succeeded him. Bruno relinquished his band duties after one year, when rising enrollment forced him to devote his time to heading the music department.
Dr. Stanley Michalski Jr. was hired in 1961 and directed the band for 31 years until his retirement in 1992. Michalski was succeeded by Susan Cresap, who led the GEMB for one year. Stephen Johnson, Ph.D. led the band for two years, and Jeffrey Macomber, Ph.D. led the band in 1995. Casey C. Teske, Ph.D. took charge of the band from 1996 until 2001, and Lawrence Wells, Ph.D. led the band from 2002 until 2003. Hubert Toney Jr., Ph.D. led the band from 2004 through 2013.
Since 2014, Dr. Casey C. Teske has again been serving as director of university bands and orchestra.