Who are we?!
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.
Today, the group is a perennial bastion of music and mirth on the Penn Campus.
The group performs at campus events, all Football games, and most Men’s and Women’s Basketball games. The group also tours along the East Coast. The group’s appearances since 2000 include Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, NCAA tournament games, ESPN Game Day Live, MSNBC Hardball, the Fox and Friends Morning Show, C-SPAN, and CBS. In recent years, the group has performed for dignitaries that include Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Edward Rendell, Rudy Guiliani, and Joe Biden.