This Is Your Band!
Friendships & Teamwork. Excitement & Energy. Leadership & Service.
Become part of a growing OWU tradition open to all students! The Marching Bishops use a hybrid of corps and show band marching traditions featuring woodwinds, brass, percussion, and color guard. Our music style features rock, blues, hip hop, eclectic punk, and upbeat high-energy tunes.
Fun Facts About The Marching Bishops:
- Student Leaders Ready To Help!
The secret of OWU’s success is our dedicated students eager to help each other succeed. The Marching Bishops are fortunate to have an outstanding team of student leaders ready to help new band members thrive at OWU.
- Great Teachers!
Leading the Marching Bishops is Dr. Chris Lizak, who also serves as the percussion instructor at OWU. Ms. Kortney Reed serves as the color guard instructor.
- New Uniforms!
The Marching Bishops have a dramatic new look that blends classic tradition with cutting edge style.
- Manageable Practice Times!
We have three rehearsals per week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 4:30-6:00 PM ending in mid-November. Our practice times do not overlap with any courses, but if a class or lab runs late we can make it work. We’ll always be done in time for dinner, studying, and evening activities.
Except for special performances, there is no marching band on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Sundays. The season concludes with an awards banquet the week after our final game of the season.
- 2023 Scholarships Available!
A select number of students who enroll in The Marching Bishops are eligible to receive a $500 scholarship in their first year which increases by $100 each successive year. Learn more and apply HERE.
- Gigs & Games!
The Marching Bishops provide fun-filled performances at Saturday home football games as well as select special events both on and off campus. The tentative 2023 Marching Bishops Performance Calendar includes current plans for when and where we'll throughout Ohio this fall.
- Band Camp: (see dates details below for 2023!)
Be there! Band Camp begins approximately two weeks before the start of school and is provided at no extra charge for all band members. This is when we’ll establish our marching fundamentals, rehearse music, set drill, and most importantly - we’ll form friendships that last a lifetime.
Once all on-campus students are moved-in, the general band camp schedule runs 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM including three meals, indoor/outdoor music and marching rehearsals, and social activities. A specific itinerary will be released about a week before band camp with instructions on when/where to report for each activity.
- All Drumline and Student Leadership Team: move-in on August 4th (1 - 4 PM); camp begins August 5
- All Veteran and New Members: move-in on August 7 (1 - 4 PM); camp begins August 8
A Classic History
OWU's band program began in 1899, and the original OWU Marching Band thrilled crowds at football games and other events from the early 1920s to the 1960s.
In 2018, after more than 50 years, the OWU Marching Bishops will begin a new era!