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Season Schedule
Rehearsal Schedule

The Marching Royal Dukes is a class at JMU and members earn 2 credits each semester of participation. The band rehearses Monday-Friday 6:30-8:00pm at Bridgeforth Stadium and other athletic fields on campus.

MONDAYS: Sectionals 

TUESDAYS: Music/Visual rehearsals

WEDNESDAYS/THURSDAYS: The band is divided and we rehearse music/drill with smaller groups. Members will be assigned to one of the two days (assignments are designed to work around class conflicts) and will be able to use the other day for memorization, extra MRD work, or designated rehearsal time for other acaademic responsibilities. 

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




AM rehearsal - select game day mornings (especially at the begining of the season or before special events (homecoming, alumni band, etc.) will conist of a morning rehearsal, usually 8-11am (TBD).

2 hours prior to game time - MRDs report to pre-game warm-up on the Quad.

1 hour prior to game time - MRD game day concert at Wilson Hall.

30 minutes prior to game time - Parade to stadium/Pregame

The Marching Royal Dukes perform a pregame show, halftime show, and will repeat their halftime perforance at our traditional postgame show and dismissal at the conclusion of the game. Family members, friends, and alumni are invited to watch the postgame performance from the Godwin Stands and join the band on the field for our traditional MRD Chorale and dismissal. 


OTHER PERFORMANCES: In addition to performing at all home football games, the band will travel with the Dukes to select away games and perform at local/regional high school exhibition and community events, including: Downtown Harrisonburg Block Party (August), JMU Band Day (September) with guest high school performers, JMU Parade of Champions Marching Band Competition (October), and the Harrisonburg Holiday Parade and Concert for the Community (December). 


FCS PLAY-OFFS & NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: JMU Football participates in the FCS "Football Championship Subdivision" and is therefore part of the play-off system. The MRDs will participate in all play-off games that JMU hosts and may travel to select games (depending on proximity) November/December. The National Championship Game is hosted in January of each year (usually the first full weekend) and the band (or a select contingent thereof) will travel to Frisco, TX for that game.




Class Info

Please be sure to enroll for the correct class, and section using MyMadison:

  • MUAP 237 - Section 0001: Returning Members Only
  • MUAP 237 - Section 0002: Dukettes Dance Team Members Only
  • MUAP 237 - Section 0003: New Members Only
  • MUAP 537 - Section 0001: Graduates Students Only

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