The Cavalier Marching Band invites parents to watch the rehearsals throughout the season at Carr’s Hill Field.
Here are some Frequently Asked Questions we receive from parents:
I’m worried that band will take up too much of my student’s time and how will they keep up with UVa’s academics if they’re spending all their time rehearsing?
Actually, the CMB rehearses less than most high school bands. We practice Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-8:20 pm, and add a Friday rehearsal on game weeks from 6:00-8:00 pm. Almost all of the band members find they have more than enough time to keep up with their academics and band, plus find time for other activities and a social life. In addition, the band is a great academic resource as well. With over 330 members, there’s almost always an upperclassmen with the same major that you can turn to if you’re struggling in a particular class.
Well that’s a relief. But what about costs? College isn’t cheap, and I don’t know how much I can spend on marching band.
The total cost of being a member of the CMB is…$40. That’s it. No joke! This buys shoes and gloves for each member. Outside of that, everything is provided! Food and housing during band camp, free clothes during the season, a uniform, and even a top-of-the-line instrument! When the band travels, all expenses are taken care of by the CMB. That means if you live in Ohio and the band is going to Jacksonville for the Gator Bowl, we will pay to have your student flown to Charlottesville or Jacksonville for the game and back, at no extra cost to you.
Wow, no more citrus and pie sales for me! So since there’s no need for fundraising, how do parents volunteer during the season?
Actually, they don’t. Seriously! One of the great things about the CMB is how much students take ownership of the band. Our student staff runs the band, from the section leaders and drill instructors who teach music and drill, to the support staff, who take care of the uniforms, equipment, attendance, banquet – you name it, they do it. We pride ourselves on our student leadership. So now you can sit back, relax, and watch your student perform without any of the extra work. You’ve earned it!
When and where is band camp? How does that work with move-in day?
Band camp is held right here on Grounds at our band facilities. We will hold rehearsals every day at Carr’s Hill Field and the Hunter Smith Band Building. New members will register at camp on Friday and Saturday, August 16 and 17th. We will house all students with on-Grounds Housing in a hotel until residence hall rooms are available for move in. This year, students will move into their individual dorm rooms on Monday, August 19 at noon. The CMB staff and students will be on hand to assist you at every building. We have storage available for all student’s dorm items (if needed), or parents and family are welcome to return to help with move-in.
Well thanks, that definitely helps! Is there an opportunity for me to see my student perform?We love to have parents come to watch us at football games! We do a different show each game, so we’ll always have something new to show you. In addition, we like parents to come to watch our Saturday morning rehearsals before games. We usually have over 100 parents who come to watch, tail-gate, and enjoy the performance. The rehearsal culminates with a rendition of the Good Old Song, sung by the band and the parents together! This is a tradition we started in 2004, the first year of the band, and has continued ever since.
Great, I’ll definitely come to games! How do I get tickets? Is there a place I should sit?
We have a reserved season ticket block for band parents. You can reserve your tickets online by clicking: