Cover Photo Image
Basic Membership Information

The Marching Royal Dukes is open to ALL JMU students. All incoming students should receive an invitation to join the band in May. This will be e-mailed to your JMU address and will include a link to our online registration form. Or you can simply re-visit our website in May to complete the membership form (below).


To request information, please contact the band office at (540) 568-6656 or


To be considered for the MRD Drumline, Front Ensemble, or Color Guard you must attend auditions on SATURDAY, June 24, 2023. Once we are aware of your interest in performing as a percussion or color guard member, additional information about the auditions will be available on our website. Upon successful completion of the audition, you will receive your invitation to participate in our pre-season band camp. Please visit our MRD GUARD & PERCUSSION AUDITION PAGES to sign-up and receive additional information about the process.  

All wind players receive a marching spot for our Pregame show. Auditions for halftime/ travel marching spots are held during our pre-season camp and will include music and marching segments. Season music will be available for all prospective members during the summer.

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 camp, season travel, and performance day food and drink. The only required cost for members is a $150 course fee applied to your student account when you register for the class.


When is the Pre-Season Band Camp?

MRD CAMP begins on WEDNESDAY, August 16, 2023. All MRDs living on campus 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 and Pre Game shows. When classes begin, you will already be in your residence hall, be familiar with campus, and ready to start the school year. Camp details will be available for all members on the MRD Band Camp page.


NOTE: Pre-season camp information will be updated/available May 2023.

When Are Regular Rehearsals?

The band rehearses Monday-Friday 6:00-7:30pm at Bridgeforth Stadium and other athletic fields on campus.

MONDAY: Sectionals 

TUESDAY - THURSDAY: Music/Visual rehearsals

FRIDAY: Full rehearsal/continuity - rehearsals are only held on Fridays if we have a game/performance that weekend.

What is the Size of the Band?

The Marching Royal Dukes are proud to be considered one of the largest college marching band programs in the country. Since 2007 the size of the band has been over 400. In recent years the MRDs have enjoyed a membership of around 485. This includes approximately 350 brass and woodwinds, 45 percussion, 50 color guard, 20 dance team members, 5 drum majors, and a student staff of around 15.

Joining the Band

To join the band, simply follow the steps below and you're on your way.  

1.  Click the link that applies to you!

2. All New Members (Freshmen and Transfer Students) Enroll in MUAP 237 - Section 0003 during your Summer Orientation registration period.

Back to Top