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.

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

Band Camp begins about 10 days prior to the start of the fall semester.  It's held on Grounds and lasts about one week.  Specific dates and details about camp will be released by mid-June. 

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 travels annually pending travel funding.  We announce dates of travel during the summer.

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!