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A Message From OWU’s New Marching Band Director: Rich Edwards

This Is Your Band!

Friendships & Teamwork. Excitement & Energy. Leadership & Service.

Become part of an OWU tradition open to all students! The Marching Bishops use a hybrid of corps and military style marching traditions featuring woodwinds, brass, percussion, and color guard. Our music style features rock, blues, hip hop, eclectic punk pop, and upbeat high energy tunes.

Fast Facts

Gigs & Games

The Marching Bishops provide fun-filled performances at five to seven Saturday home football games as well as select special events both on and off campus. A complete Marching Bishops Fall 2021 Schedule  will be announced over the summer before Band Camp.

We are currently taking song suggestions to add to our rep list this fall. What songs would you like to hear us play?

New Full Uniforms!

Beginning in Fall ’21, the Marching Bishops will debut a dramatic new look that blends classic tradition with cutting edge style. Students who commit to enroll in marching band by May 31 will be added to our production order and wear a brand new full uniform tailored specifically to their measurements this fall. Sign up now to reserve your uniform and be part of a new tradition!

Band Camp

Band Camp begins two weeks before the start of school from Wednesday, Aug. 11 to Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021 and is provided at no extra charge for all band members. Camp goals include team-building activities, clean marching fundamentals, parade cadences, producing a BIG ensemble sound, setting drill, and polishing shows on the field. Evening social activities include bowling night, game night, movies, and a talent show.

Balanced Practice Schedule

We rehearse 4.5 hours per week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 4:15-5:45 p.m. This means we’ll always be done in time for dinner, studying, and evening student activities.

Except for special performances, there is no marching band on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Sundays. Some Friday rehearsals may be cancelled on non-game weeks, and all activities conclude with an awards banquet following the final game of the season.

Students with robust time commitments during practice hours can still be involved! We have RAs, student athletes, and marching band members from multiple performing arts ensembles. With proactive planning and collaborative arrangements between coaches, instructors, and marching staff, we can keep your passion for marching band alive.

Join the Band!

As soon as you know marching at OWU is something you plan to do this fall, please fill out this Band Camp Intent Form. This form allows an accurate count so we can make uniform orders, drill designs, and band camp logistics. Registration for “Marching Band - MUSP 017” is still necessary on OWU Self Service.


Marching Band Director

Richard Edwards
Associate Professor of Music
Sanborn Hall 204
P 740-368-3721