About the Band
"Who are you?"
In addition to athletic events, we have performed at civic events such as the annual Cambridge Science Festival, the Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade, the Allston-Brighton Parade, and at LSC (MIT's provider of $2 on-campus movies--well, now $2.50 -- actually, it's $3--check that, $4). We also play Christmas carols on our annual Christmas tour through Boston, make mischief around MIT on Halloween night (including trick-or-treating at President Susan Hockfield's house), and sell romantic Band-O-Grams on Valentine's Day (because nothing says "I love you!" like a marching band!).
"How good do I have to be to join?"
And if it's time commitment you're worried about, don't be - we understand that MIT can be a lot of work, so we're flexible. There are auditions, but they are pretty informal; everyone in the MIT Community is welcome to join at any time! Also, we have lots of instruments we could loan you if you don't have your own.
"Do you march Big-10 style or corps style?"
Our season doesn't just end with football! We also perform at basketball in the winter and lacrosse in the spring (with other events scattered in as well). Our trademark is the MIT drill, where we spell the letters M-I-T individually to the famous school fight song "We Are the Engineers". So come on out and see what we have in store for you!
"Are you just a band, or do you have a color guard too?"
First of all, we are not "just a band" - we're The World Famous, Nationally-Renowned, Often Copied But Never Cloned, Unforgettable (No Matter How Hard You Try), Super Phat, Super Fly... The One, The Only MIT Marching Band!
That said, yes we do have a color guard. They're very talented, almost never hit people with their flags, and are a force to be reckoned with, when they're around.