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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. 

If you’re ready to sign up, CLICK HERE. Or, if you're wondering if marching band at OWU is right for you, consider these updates for Fall ‘21:

  1. 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 student leadership team ready to help new band members thrive at OWU.
  2. New Director and Assistant Director!
    Leading the Marching Bishops this fall is Rich Edwards, Director of Bands, and Chris Lizak, our new Assistant Marching Band Director.
  3. New Uniforms!
    The Marching Bishops will debut a dramatic new look this fall that blends classic tradition with cutting edge style.
  4. Manageable Practice Times!
    We have three rehearsals per week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 4:15-5:45 PM ending the first week of 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 and the season concludes with an awards banquet on Thursday, November 11 (the week after the final game of the season).
  5. Scholarships Available!
    Scholarship auditions have closed for 2021! Check back in the fall for details about marching scholarships in 2022! A limited 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. 

    In order to qualify for a Marching Band Scholarship, students must satisfy these requirements:
    1. Applied, admitted, and deposited at Ohio Wesleyan University.
    2. Set up an audition with Dr. Edwards, Director of Bands (rdedward@owu.edu). Prior to the audition, provide Dr. Edwards with a reference from a music professional such as a band director, private lesson teacher, or church music director.
    3. Maintain enrollment, satisfactory attendance, and academic performance in MUSP 017 (Marching Band).Marching Band auditions have two-parts. First, students will complete a brief interview with Dr. Edwards. Second, students will play excerpts of their choosing from either their high school concert band, marching band, or solo repertoire for their instrument. No scales are required.Scholarship auditions may be in person or by video. Please note, the online application form requires you to provide the contact information for a music teacher reference (name, email, phone, title). 

More 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. The Fall 2021 Marching Bishops Performance Calendar includes details about when and where we'll perform throughout Ohio.

Band Camp: August 11-17, 2021
Be there! 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. This is when we’ll establish our marching fundamentals, rehearse music, set the drill for pre-game and the first show, 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, plus evening social activities. A specific itinerary will be released about a week before band camp with instructions on when/where to report for each activity.

Specific details about the move in schedule for band camp are provided here

Balancing Busy Lives
Students with robust time commitments during practice hours can still be involved! We have RAs, student athletes, and a variety of majors from across campus. With proactive planning between coaches, instructors, and marching staff, we can keep your passion for marching band alive.