What's a Gameday like?

About 4 hour before every home game, we hold a rehearsal at Carr's Hill Field.  After about a 90 minute rehearsal, we'll sing the Good Old Song with families and guests and dismiss for a tailgate meal on Culbreth Road.  Then we change into uniform, get to the stadium and bring the noise!  Games take about 3 hours.  The CMB provides all of your gameday apparel, including gear for all season and weather.  Thanks to the Uniform Crew, you will have a freshly cleaned, pressed uniform every game.

How do I get tickets to watch the band at football games?

UVA Atheltics has set up a 20% discount on football season tickets for Cavalier Marching Band families.  You can purchase reserved seats for all 7 home games (including Notre Dame and Virginia Tech).  MOST BAND FAMILIES SIT IN SECTION 130 (directly across from the band seating), but all seats in “Hooville, Choice & Value” are available with the 20% savings.  To reserve your tickets at the CMB Price at this link:  https://www.virginiasports.com/cmboffer

When and where is band camp? How does that work with move-in day?

Check out our Band Camp page for specifics!

When do you rehearse?

The full band rehearses from 6-8:15PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays every week during the fall semester, as well as on Fridays from 6:30-8:45PM on the 7 home football game weeks. The Color Guard and Drumline have one additional sectional rehearsal per home football game. The full band also rehearses the day of every home football game.

Is there an audition?

Yes, all prospective members have to audition for the band.  For audition requirements, check out our auditions page.

Does the band travel to away games and post-season games?

The band will travel to Virginia Tech on Saturday, November 26 2022.

Are there opportunities for leadership in the band?

Student leadership is critical to the success of the CMB. There are dozens of leadership and support staff roles available in the band; learn more about each of them here.

Do you really perform a different halftime show at every game?

OHHH YEAHHH!  It's easier than you think when you're surrounding by the members of the CMB!

What fees are involved?

The total cost of being a member of the CMB is…$50. 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 CMB apparel for 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.  Most members keep their shoes for 4 years, so returners are only paying a couple dollars a year for clean gloves.

How will COVID impact the season?

We follow the recommendations and protocols set forth to us by UVA's COVID science team.  They are constantly monitoring the situation on Grounds and calibrating decisions and policies to keep students as safe as possible.