"The Best Band in the Bay"
The Spartan Marching Band, under the direction of Craig McKenzie, takes the field in Spartan Stadium each fall semester, creating an electrifying atmosphere for the thousands of fans engaged by our thrilling performances. Our unique combination of brass, woodwind and percussion creates a driving sound that is one of a kind. With the addition of the dazzling Color Guard, and the fabulous Spectrum Dancers, the band also has a visual style uniquely its own.
The members of the Spartan Marching Band are students from every field of study on campus, from first year undergraduate through graduate students, including several "open university" members. They rehearse eight hours per week, preparing new music and maneuvers, and receive up to two units of academic credit. At each home game, the Spartan Marching Band performs a completely new halftime show, plus a pre-game show and a post-game concert. A source of Spartan Stadium spirit, the band reflects all the color and fanfare of major university sports pageantry.
For more information, contact the Director of Athletic Bands, Craig McKenzie.
Want to join the Best Band in the Bay?
- Fill out our Interest Form HERE to be added to our mailing list!
- Join our Facebook Group to styay up to date on our latest news and connect with band members and staff!
- You can also follow our social media accounts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @sjsubands, and subscribe to the SJSU School of Music and Dance Youtube channel!
Students wishing to audition for the Spartan Color Guard need to come to the first several days of rehearsal each August. This is when the auditions will take place, and the membership will be set fairly quickly. Students should have some prior color guard experience, usually coming from high school band, drum and bugle corps or winter guard membership. Students chosen become members of the Spartan Marching Band class and receive two units of credit.
Spartan Spectrum Dance team auditions are held each spring to determine membership for the following fall semester. Most dancers that audition have had many years of dance studio experience in a variety of dance styles. High school seniors are welcome to audition. Students who are chosen will become members of the Spartan Marching Band class and receive two units of credit.