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Join the Saginaw Valley State University Cardinal Marching Band!

Marching Band Information

Thank you for your interest in joining one of the biggest, most spirited organizations on the SVSU campus--the Cardinal Marching Band.  This page contains important information on how you can get involved.


There are 2 steps to joining the Cardinal Marching Band.

  1. Enroll in MUS 184.  For freshman you can do this when you come campus for your SOAR session.
  2. Fill out the online information form on this page.


For woodwind and brass players that's all you need to do.  Letters with information on band camp and the fall season will be sent out over email around July 1.


Percussion and Drumline--If you are interested in joining the SVSU Drumline, contact our Percussion Instructor Jonathan Ovalle,  The Drumline does meet during the summer, so contact us as soon as possible so you don't miss any important information.


Colorguard--Colorguard tryouts for the Fall 2023 season will take place on July 21, 2023, 1:00 pm, at the Ryder Center on the SVSU campus.  A flag will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.  Wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes.  The tryout will not include rifle or sabre.  For more information or to RSVP, contact Dr. Norman Wika, SVSU Director of Bands, at

Colorguard Tryout Flyer (1,072KB)

Band Camp will take place August 21-24, 2023.  Students who will be living on campus will be allowed to move into their housing assignments on Monday, Aug. 21.  Complete band camp information, as well as all fall season performance information will be distributed in the band camp letter on or around July 1.



Contact Us
(989) 964-4159(989) 964-4159

Department Chair

Norman Wika


Arbury Fine Arts Center 226