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Who the #$%@ is the Penn Band?

The Penn Band was founded in 1897 and ever since has been one of the University's most progressive traditions. The organization is a part of the Department of Athletics at the University of Pennsylvania; like most of the other 50+ performing arts groups on the Penn Campus, the Penn Band has no affiliation with any academic department and is sponsored by the Vice Provost's Office for Undergraduate Life. The organization, typically ranging between 80 and 120 members every year, is among the largest and most active student-run organizations on-campus, performing upwards of 100 times during the academic year. The organization boasts a rich history of performance, including several performances with the renowned band leader John Phillip Sousa, the first collegiate band to march in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, countless recordings, national broadcasts and concerts, and performing at the pleasure of numerous American presidents and state leaders.

We're not your ordinary
college marching band.

The Penn Band goes everywhere

In 1902, The Penn Band became the first college band to travel on the road for an intercollegiate football game. Ever since, the Roadtrip has been a major part of the Penn Band Experience. Today, our group is the only college band in the country to travel to all conference men's basketball games on the road.

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You're already in!

Membership in the Penn Band is all-inclusive, and full of perks. All you have to do is come to our first rehearsal on Monday, August 31. The Penn Band welcomes instrumentalists of all types and talents, from keytar to zither to the more traditional brass, woodwind and percussionists. If you can make noises with an instrument, you can join the Penn Band.

It doesn't matter what year you're in. We welcome all Penn undergraduate and graduate students. It's never too late to join the Penn Band!