BMB History

1911

Fresno Normal School was formed. Professor Arthur G. Wahlberg was head of the music department.

 

1926

The first band was started. Mr. Arthur C. Forsblad was the director of the band, which consisted of 36 members.

 

1934

Fresno Normal School became Fresno State College. The school officially adopted its new fight song, entitled “Fight Varsity”.

 

1935

Sporting new uniforms, the Fresno State College band traveled to the California Pacific Exhibition in San Diego, where the feature attraction was “Fresno Day”.

 

1936

The Fresno State College band went to the San Francisco Bay Bridge to participate in a parade, in which they placed 4th.

 

1937

The first Annual Band Banquet was held at the Hotel Fresno.

 

1950

Elwyn Shwartz became the Director of Bands, succeeding Forsblad.

 

1953

Russel Howland became the Director of Bands, succeeding Schwartz.

 

1955

Fresno State College moved to the current location on Shaw Ave, which was the outskirts of Fresno at the time.

 

1956

Dr. Ralph Rea became the Director of Bands, succeeding Howland.

 

1957

Dean Killon became the Director of Bands, succeeding Rea.

 

1960

Arthur Barnes became the Director of Bands, succeeding Killon.

 

1964

John H. Martin became  the Director of Bands, succeeding Barnes.

 

1968

Lawrence R. Sutherland became the Director of Bands, succeeding Martin.

 

1972

Fresno State College became California State University, Fresno.

 

1980

Frank Bibb became the associate Director of Bands and took charge of the Bulldog Marching Band. Dr. Sutherland continued to direct the Jazz Band “A” and the Wind Ensemble as Director of Bands.

 

1982

The marching band reached a high of 200 members.

 

1984

M. Scott McBride became the new Associate Director of Bands.

 

1991

M. Scott McBride resigned his position to become Director of Bands at Jacksonville State University in Alabama. Bill Barbour became the new director of the Bulldog Marching Band.

 

1992

Large budget cuts resulted in the unexpected loss of the Bulldog Marching Band program. Dr. Sutherland organized the “Spirit Band’ to perform stand tunes at games.

 

1993

Dr. Gary P. Gilroy was hired as the Associate Director of Bands. He installed the Bulldog Beat and restarted the Bulldog Marching Band.

 

1994

The growing marching band participated in the Hollywood Christmas parade.

 

1997

The marching band received new uniforms.

 

1999

The marching band received a million dollar endowment from an anonymous donor.

 

2000

The marching band traveled to the UCLA away game. The marching band also traveled to the 1st Annual Silicon Valley Classic bowl game. The Bulldogs lost against Air Force.

 

2001

The marching band traveled to their second consecutive Silicon Valley Classic bowl game where the Bulldogs lost to Michigan State.

 

2002

The marching band received new uniforms and traveled to their third consecutive Silicon Valley Classic bowl game where the Bulldogs beat Georgia Tech.

 

2003

David Gabrielson takes the position as Interim Director. The marching band traveled to their fourth consecutive Silicon Valley Classic bowl game where the Bulldogs defeated UCLA.

 

2004

The marching band traveled to the MPC Computer Bowl where the Bulldogs defeated the University of Virginia.

 

2005

The band traveled to USC for an away football game. The BMB traveled to Memphis for the Liberty Bowl, where the Bulldogs lost to Tulsa.

 

2006

Dr. Lawrence R. Sutherland retired as Director of Bands after 38 years of service to the bands at Fresno State. Dr. Gary P. Gilroy became the Director of Bands. Timothy T. Anderson became the Interim Associate Director of Bands.

 

Shows:

Rise of the Samurai Warrior

 

2007

Timothy T. Anderson was hired as Associate Director of Bands. The BMB traveled to Reno for an away game against Nevada. The band traveled to Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl in Boise. The Bulldogs beat Georgia Tech 40 - 28. SCC

 

Shows:

Beyond a Mediterranean Heart

 

2008

The marching band traveled to Pasadena, CA for an away game against UCLA. At the annual University House performance on Christmas Tree Lane, Fresno State President Dr. John D. Welty surprised the band with new uniforms

 

Shows:

South African Secrets

 

2009

The marching band added some flair to its shows with the addition of a new Dance Team. 170 members made the journey to Albuquerque for the New Mexico Bowl The Bulldogs lost to Wyoming 35-28 in double overtime.

 

Shows:

The Roman Gladiator

 

2010

The start of the 2010 season was met with great difficulty after the loss of freshman tuba player Nathan Ray. In his name, the annual Rookie of the Year award was created. Not forgetting Nathan, his tuba spot on the field was left open for the duration of the season. The band also helped the University in celebrating Fresno State's Centennial year. Centennial activities included the Centennial parade, Tailgate of the Century, and performing Centennial Tribute at the Homecoming game, which was composed by Fresno State Alumnus John Bliss. After seven home games and one away trip to San Jose State, the BMB traveled to Boise to support the football team in the Humanitarian Bowl.

 

Shows:

Into A New Galaxy

 

2011

Timothy T. Anderson resigned to accept the position of director of the Minuteman Marching Band at UMass. Fresno State alumnus and former graduate assistant Adam Wilke was chosen as the Interim Associate Director of Bands. To kick off the year, the entire band traveled to San Francisco to support the Bulldogs in Candlestick Park against Cal. To conclude the season, 100 members of the BMB traveled to San Diego to support the Bulldogs in against San Diego State.

 

Shows:

Home of the Brave

Fiesta!

Malaguena

Dreams & Realities

The Music of Chuck Mangione

 

2012

Dr. David Fullmer was hired as the Associate Director of Bands. Adam Wilke accepted a band director position at James Logan High School in Union City, CA. The Bulldogs started the season at home and finished at home, and in the process claiming a share of the Mountain West Conference champion title. A three-way share of the title would lead to the Mountain West Conference creating two divisions and a championship game. The Bulldog Marching Band performed For the first time in the venue’s history, the Bulldog Marching Band in its entirety performed in the stands and at halftime at a Fresno State Men’s Basketball game.  A small group of BMB members traveled to Honolulu to support the Bulldogs at the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl against SMU.

 

Shows:

Screamers!

Fiesta 2012

How the West Was ONE!

Armed Forces Salute

 

2013

Dr. David Fullmer resigned to accept the Director of Bands position at Utah Valley University. Unable to find an interim director in time for the season, Dr. Gary P Gilroy stepped in as Director of Athletic Bands. The band supported the football team to an 11-2 season, winning the inaugural Mountain West Conference Championship football game against Utah State. The band also traveled to the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl against USC. The Bulldogs lost 45-20.

 

Shows:

Tribute to the Longhairs

Armed Forces Salute

Romeo and Juliet: The Untold Zombie Apocalypse

 

2014

Steve McKeithen was hired as Associate Director of Bands. The band traveled to Boise to support the football team in the Mountain West Conference Championship football game. The band traveled to Honolulu to support the football team in the Hawaii Bowl.

 

Shows:

The Streets of Old Chicago

Armed Forces Salute

La Corrida de Torros

 

2015

The band performed at 6 home football games and traveled to San Diego to support the football team against San Diego State. The band also performed at the San Diego Chargers game. This season saw the return of Band Day with over 1,000 high school students. The band also performed for prelims and finals of the Western Band Association (WBA) Championships hosted in Bulldog Stadium. The band teamed up with Valley Children’s Hospital for an unforgettable halftime show that featured interaction from Valley Children’s Hospital patients and the Valley Children’s Hospital Kid Captain of the Game.

 

Shows:

Summer Mixtape

Band Day

Wicked

American Bands

Children’s Show