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Basic Membership Information

The Marching Royal Dukes is open to all JMU students. All incoming JMU students will 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.  

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


Percussion and Color Guard:  To be considered for the MRD Drumline, Front Ensemble, or Color Guard you must attend auditions on SATURDAY, June 26, 2021. Once we are aware of your interest in performing as a percussion or color guard 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 participate in our pre-season band camp.

Winds: Auditions for marching spots are held during 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.

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 a $150 course fee billed to your student account in early fall.

When is the Pre-Season Band Camp?

MRD CAMP begins on WEDNESDAY, August 18, 2021. 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. You may find more information about the details and process by visiting the MRD Band Camp page.

When Are Regular Rehearsals?
What is the Size of the Band?

The program typically marches approximately 450 members. This includes approximately 315 brass and woodwinds, 45 percussion, 60 flags, 20 dance team members, 4/5 drum majors and 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.

Joining the Band

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

1.  Complete the MRD Membership Form to be entered into our database.

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

Note:  If you are attending Blue Ridge Community College or Eastern Mennonite University and wish to sign up for the class, please visit our TRANSFER/BRCC page for more informaiton.


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