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About the Organization

The Fresno State Bulldog Marching Band is one of the fastest growing organizations on campus and boasts three ensembles under its umbrella in addition to the renown Bulldog Marching Band. See below for a brief overview of each ensemble and how to join.

The Bulldog Marching Band is an NCAA Division-I college marching band in the Mountain West Conference that performs at all Fresno State home football games and various other events on campus and in the community. There is no audition for wind players (piccolo, clarinet, saxophone) or brass players (trumpet, mellophone, trombone, baritone, tuba) unless they wish to audition for Bulldog Beat or for a Bulldog Marching Band Scholarship. Instrumentation adjustments or caps are based on instrument availability. The color guard holds a live audition in May each year for placement in the guard as well as for significant scholarship money.  The battery and front ensemble hold auditions in May each year for placement in the group and for significant scholarship money as well. The battery section will not exceed 10 snares, 6 tenors, 8 basses, and 10 cymbals. The front ensemble instrumentation is currently 5 marimbas, 4 vibraphones, 1 drum set, 1 bass guitar, 3 synth/keyboards, 1 xylophone, and 2 auxiliary. 

Click here to sign up for the 2023 Bulldog Marching Band! For Color Guard and Percussion audition information visit the Auditions and Scholarships page.

More questions? Visit our FAQ.

The Bulldog Basketball Band is an auditional NCAA Division-I college pep band in the Mountain West Conference that performs at most Fresno State Men's and Women's Basketball games in the Save Mart Center on campus. The Basketball Band welcomes those who play piccolo, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, mellophone, trombone, baritone, tuba, and auxilary percussion. As per scholarship requirement, Bulldog Beat participates in Basketball Band which accounts for the bass guitar and drum set positions. The group travels annually to the Mountain West Conference Basketball Championships in Las Vegas and any subsequent post-season appearences.

For more information about Bulldog Basketball Band, please click hereStay tuned for audition information.

The Bulldog Beat is a scholarship pep band that is required to participate in Bulldog Marching Band and Basketball Band. In addition to their service in those ensembles, Bulldog Beat plays at home volleyball games in the Save Mart Center, various campus and community events, and travels on a week long recruiting tour each winter.


For more information about Bulldog Beat, please click hereFor membership information visit the Auditions and Scholarships page.

Fresno State Red Wave is an Independent Open Class indoor percussion group that competes in the San Joaquin Valley Color Guard and Percussion Review circuit based in Clovis, California. The group hits the floor in its innaugural season in 2017. The group draws attention from all 0ver the Valley and is taught by some of the most renown names in percussion in the San Joaquin Valley.

For more information about Fresno State Independent Percussion Ensemble, please click here.

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