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The "Pride of Mid-America" Marching Band is one of the nation's great college marching bands. Comprised of more than 200 student performers, the band is an integral and exciting part of the tradition and spirit at Ball State. Utilizing a versatile marching style, the band performs traditional drill as well as the latest in contemporary show design.

The Pride of Mid-America brings spirit and musical pageantry to various events:

  • all home football games and occasional away games
  • NFL games
  • MAC championship games
  • bowl games
  • high school band competition exhibition performances in Indiana and regionally
  • Ball State campus performances

Join the Band!

The "Pride" is open to all Ball State students regardless of major. The band's membership represents virtually every academic curriculum on campus.

Woodwinds and Brass

No audition is required to become a member of the woodwind and brass sections! See FAQs below.

Rehearsal Information

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Times

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
3:10 – 5 p.m.

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Location

Lafollette Field

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Course Numbers

  • MUSC 140 Sec. 2D Marching Band
  • MUSC 340 Sec. 2D Marching Band

Caroline Hand

Conductor

Caroline Hand
associate director of bands and director of the Pride of Mid-America Marching Band

ball state bass drum from the marching band performance on the football field

The Ball State University Drumline is a highly visible component of the Pride of Mid-America Marching Band, frequently performing at on- and off-campus events, including the Percussive Arts Society Drumline Battle. Members come from all majors on campus (not just music majors) and also participate in many top 12 DCI corps. We strongly encourage all interested drummers to audition for this exciting group.

Auditions will be held in late April or early May.

Rehearsal Information

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Times

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 3:10 – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 3:30 – 5 p.m.

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Location

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: Lafollette Field
  • Tuesday and Thursday:Honors Lawn

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Course Numbers

  • MUSC 340/140 2D Marching Band
  • MUSC 340/140 2F Percussion & Color Guard

Instructor

Instructor position open      email cehand@bsu.edu for info

color guard performing on the football fieldThe Ball State University Color guard is a visual highlight of the Pride of Mid-America Marching Band performances, and draws members from all majors on campus. The guard is primarily a flag and dance ensemble, but does occasionally incorporate weapons into their performances. We strongly encourage all interested, experienced guard members to audition for this exciting group.

Auditions will be held in late April.

Rehearsal Information

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Time

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 3:10 – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 3:30 – 5 p.m.

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Location

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: Lafollette Field
  • Tuesday and Thursday: Honors Lawn

brochure

Course Numbers

  • MUSC 340/140 2D Marching Band
  • MUSC 340/140 2F Color Guard and Drumline

Instructor

Rhonda Reynolds

Frequently Asked Questions

Joining the Band

The Pride of Mid-America is open to all woodwind and brass players with no audition. Drumline and Color Guard members should visit their respective tabs above to learn more about auditions for those groups. 

Simply ask your advisor to enroll you in MUSC 340 2D during orientation, then visit this page in late June and early July to complete the registration steps. Forgot to enroll or missed orientation? Give us a call in the Band Office! We will help you with the necessary steps to get enrolled in marching band! 765-285-9178.

General Questions

The Pride of Mid-America (POMA) Marching Band only rehearses three days per week, 3:10 – 5 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The band performs at all home games and occasional away games each year. Game days involve a rehearsal with a meal provided afterward. Color guard and drumline members have sectionals on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 5 pm.

If your band felt like your second family, you will be right at home in our Ball State Band family! Performing with the Pride of Mid-America, however, is not like most high school marching band experiences. Our rehearsal schedule is typically different (see above), and we perform multiple shows throughout the season, rather than one show.

We perform a wide range of styles and genres that keep things new and fresh for us and keep our crowds entertained, all while supporting our Ball State University Cardinals!  We have high standards for our playing and marching and lots of school spirit!

Yes! The Pride of Mid-America is made up of students representing a variety majors from across the university. We’ll happily put you in touch with a POMA member of the same or similar major to discuss what the experience is like. Just call our office: 765-285-9178.

Instrumental music education majors are highly encouraged to join the marching band, especially if they desire to teach high school instrumental music. The marching band is considered a "designated ensemble" at Ball State.

Yes. Everyone will enroll for MUSC 340 2D, which is one credit hour. Color guard and drumline will also enroll in MUSC 340 2F for an additional credit hour. For students who have majors with heavy credit loads, zero credit options for enrolling are available.

Early Week rehearsals begin a week and a half before school starts. Due to this, band members are allowed to move into university housing before the normal move-in times, prior to the start of Welcome Week. 

When you complete summer registration for marching band, there will be a $90 registration fee to cover costs such as uniform cleanings, meals, banquet, etc. New members will also purchase required Pride of Mid-America apparel. These items will not necessarily need to be re-purchased from year to year. Color Guard has additional apparel purchase requirements.

Yes. There is a rental fee of $30 per semester and a refundable yearly deposit of $50. We rent tenor saxophones, percussion, and all silver brass: trumpets, mellophones, baritones, and sousaphones, and percussion. Other instruments are available on a limited basis.

You will request to rent an instrument during the summer registration process (can link to that here again) and pick up your instrument when you arrive for Early Week rehearsals.

Concert band opportunities exist for all levels of players at Ball State! You can audition for Wind Ensemble or Symphony Band or you may join Campus or Concert Bands with no audition!

Find more information here.

Graduate Program in Conducting

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The graduate program in wind band conducting is a small and selective program that prepares students to effectively function in academic and professional settings. Ball State offers  a master of music with a major in conducting and the doctor of arts in music with a primary emphasis in conducting. Graduate assistantships and yearly stipends are available for students in these programs.