WELCOME TO JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY!
The Marching Royal Dukes is one of the largest college marching bands in the country, and open to ALL JMU STUDENTS. All incoming JMU students will receive an e-mail invitation to join the band after May 1. This will be e-mailed to your new JMU e-mail address - so please be on the look-out! If you do not hear from the band office by mid-May, please feel free to contact us or send an e-mail. Also, everything you need to know about our program (including the online registration form) is located on this website - so please feel free to look around.
To request information, please contact the band office at (540) 568-6656.
WHEN ARE AUDITIONS?
Percussion and Color Guard: Audition dates for prospective members of the percussion sections (drum line and front ensemble) and color guard sections will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2015. Percussion auditions are held for both battery and auxiliary percussionists. Once we are aware of your interest in performing as a color guard or percussion member, further information about the auditions will follow, as well as be available on our website. Upon successful completion of the audition, you will receive your invitation to band camp.
Winds: All wind players are considered members of the band upon signing up, and all will have a marching spot for the pregame show. Auditions for marching spots in the halftime shows will be held during the first 2 days of our pre-season band camp and are based on the music and marching fundamentals you will learn for the first show. Season music will be sent to all prospective members during the summer - the music auditions excerpts will be selected from this music.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BE A MEMBER?
The JMU Bands will pick up the tab for almost all costs of being a member, including your meals and residence hall expenses during our required pre-season band camp, season travel, and performance day food and drinks. The only required payment for members is to purchase supplies for your uniform and equipment: marching shoes, white gloves, a MRD baseball cap, band T-shirt, warm-up gear. Each section of the band will have certain items that you will need to purchase (such as drum sticks, mouthpieces, and reeds).
WHEN IS THE PRE-SEASON BAND CAMP?
MRD Camp begins on Sunday, August 23, 2015. All MRDs living in JMU housing will be able to move into their assigned dorm room for the year. During this week, we will have music and marching rehearsals, audition for marching spots (winds), and put together our first halftime show and Pre Game. When school begins, you will already be in your residence hall room and ready to start the school year. Camp details will be sent to all prospective members during the summer, and can also be located on the MRD website.
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE MRD BAND CAMP WEBSITE for more information and details about our process.
WHEN ARE REGULAR REHEARSALS?
Marching Royal Dukes is a class (MUAP 237 - 2 credits) that meets Monday-Friday 6-7:30 at Bridgeforth Stadium. Mondays are reserved for sectionals, and we will only have Friday rehearsals if there is a game or performance that weekend.
WHAT IS THE SIZE OF THE BAND?
We have been marching around 450-485 members since 2007. This includes approximately 325 brass and woodwinds, 45 percussion (battery and front ensemble), 60 flags, 20 dance team members (The Dukettes), 4/5 drum majors and an electric bass players. Based on instrumentation and the auditions during band camp, winds will either be assigned a marching position or an alternate position. We usually carry 20-30 alternates. Alternates are considered a member of the Marching Royal Dukes. They perform in all pre-game shows and play a big part in the success of our program.
HOW DO I JOIN?
All registration information is located on our website (see links below). After submitting your reservation form online, you will receive emails and updates from the band office. A summer mailing will be sent in July/August and will include details about our pre-season band camp, season music, and other important details about the 2015 season. As stated earlier, color guard and percussion members will receive an invitation to band camp after successful completion of the audition in June.
ALL MEMBERS MUST BE REGISTERED FOR MUAP 237 - Freshmen and Transfer students can sign up during your summer springboard orientation session.
If you are attending BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE and wish to sign up for the class, please visit our TRANSFER PAGE for more informaiton (see below).