Leadership auditions and interviews for the 2019-2020 season will take place the week of March 5-8, 2019. Any CMB member interested in applying for a leadership position should submit an application (see below) no later than Friday, March 1st at 5:00 pm.
The Cowboy Marching Band is seeking a dynamic, experienced color guard instructor for the 2019 season. The ideal candidate will assist with the administrative responsibilities of running the guard, write routines that are appropriately difficult for up to six halftime shows per year, teach the work to the guard members, run our guard audition days, and work with CMB directors as a member of the marching band staff.
Interested candidates should send the following materials to Dr. Douglas Henderson at email@example.com:
This position is paid as an outside contractor, and receives certain perks such as traveling with the marching band (when your schedule permits), attending home football games, and others.
We will begin reviewing materials on February 25th, 2019.
All of our major dates, including summer band week, Res-Life move-in, football games, upcoming auditions, concert ensemble performances, and more can be found on our member calendar. There is also a link to this calendar from the “Information” tab of the menu bar on the website. This is always a good starting point before calling or emailing the office with questions regarding dates.
All members must complete the CMB Registration Form by Monday, July 8, 2019. This form is important for verifying our roster information, ordering clothing items, meal plans, game-day parking permits (off-campus students only), ResLife early move-in information, and more. Please complete this important form now! If you will not be participating in the 2019 CMB, please let us know here.
Website Member Login
Please check your email for the Members Area password for the CMB website. We do not post that password on this page since this page is available to the public.
ResLife CMB Early Move In
The early-move-in date for CMB members is Saturday, August 10th, from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. This date was set by Residential Life, and it is the only date and time that CMB members will be able to move in early. All members who are living on campus should make every effort to check in during this time. We send ResLife our CMB roster during the summer, and they will NOT charge CMB members who check in during this time an early-move-in fee. Please note that if you individually reach out to ResLife to try and arrange a different early move-in time, they WILL charge you an early move-in fee if they are able to accommodate your request.
Summer Band Week 2019 – August 11th – 17th
CMB Summer Band week begins on Sunday, August 11th at 6:00 pm for all new members (Rookies) and leadership team members. Returning members (Vets) report on Monday, August 12th at 8:00 am. Band week runs all day every day August 12-16 and culminates with a Preview Performance open to parents, family, and friends on Saturday, August 17th, at 11:00 am. A detailed schedule for band week will be posted online in late July.
Stay in Shape
We quite literally hit the ground running during Summer Band Week, with one of the first activities that the Rookies begin learning being our iconic Run-On! It is imperative that you GET SOME EXERCISE this summer so that you are ready to burn those calories and get those steps during Band Week!
MEMORIZE Pregame Music
We require that all PREGAME MUSIC and CMB WARMUPS be MEMORIZED by band week. Use the preceding link to download the music. We will also be learning six halftime shows throughout the season. It is SO IMPORTANT that you show up prepared, having worked on music memorization for all of our Pregame music prior to arriving for band week. This will help prevent you from falling behind once the season is underway. So dust off those summer chops and get started now! Not sure what part to play? Start with what part you played in high school. If the range seems too high, move down to the next part.
The CMB uses the “Remind” app to communicate with CMB members regularly. Follow the previous link for more information about how to receive timely CMB Announcements via the Remind app.
CMB 2019 Travel Schedule
Our full schedule, including home games, is posted on the online calendar.
The Brightest Band in All the Land is Going Green
The CMB will be distributing significantly less paper in the 2019 season. Music and Drill will be distributed almost entirely digitally. Music will be posted in PDF format, and we will be transitioning to the Ultimate Drill Book (UDB) app this season as well. UDB is a powerful tool that will allow us to learn and distribute drill quicker and more efficiently than before. Leaders will have some time to familiarize ourselves with it during the leadership retreat, and the full band will have a learning session with the app during Band Week. You’ll need to bring those phones charged and ready to rehearsal in order to read drill and music!
Our wonderful Alpha Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi has established a new scholarship for one or two incoming freshmen. More information on how to apply will be distributed to Rookie members via email soon.
Please keep an eye on your email account and the CMB Remind app. We will be sending additional information later in July. Be sure and get your registration form submitted by JULY 8th! Enjoy your summer, and a special shout out and good luck to all of our wonderful CMB members who are also marching DCI this summer!
Thank you to everyone who auditioned for the 2019 edition of the Cowboy Marching Band Color Guard! Congratulations to the following students who were selected for membership for the 2019 season.
Audrey Zinn – Section Leader
Luis Pacheco Lopez – Section Leader
Kailyn Palmer – Section Leader
Jalisa Reeves – Section Leader
Emma Faye Sylvester
All leaders in each section have the title of Section Leader. Those leaders who have an asterisk (*) next to their name will be in charge of running music rehearsals for their respective sections. EVERYONE’s title is Section Leader, and no one Section Leader outranks any other Section Leader, regardless of whether they run music sectionals or not. A reminder that the leadership retreat from August 2-4, 2019 at Camp Egan in Tahlequah, OK, is required for all members of the leadership team.
Dr. Douglas Henderson, director
Dr. Tyler Austin, assistant director
Prof. Wayne Bovenschen, director of percussion
Luis Pachecho Lopez
Ryan DeShazo* (snare)
Jay Welke (tenor)
Landon Acree (basses)
Courtney Stott (cymbals)
The OSU Color Guard is open to all university students by audition only. You must be accepted to Oklahoma State University in order to audition. You may email Audrey Zinn for further information. If you are planning on auditioning, please let us know by completing this form.
Dates: Saturday, March 30th, and Saturday, April 6th, 2019. Participants only need to attend ONE of these two dates.
Location: Band Room (Room 118) in the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts on the OSU Campus.
9:00– 10:00 am: Registration
10:00 – 12:00 pm: Fundamentals
12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch (on own)
1:00 – 4:00 pm: Learn audition routine
4:00 – 5:00 pm: Auditions
Flags will be available, but please bring your own equipment if possible. Please wear comfortable athletic clothes, tennis shoes, and sunscreen.
Pop toss (aka single) and horizontal toss
Drop spins, BOLOs, extensions, carves, and pull hits
Basic dance such as jazz runs, sauté/attitude, passé, and plié
Attire: Athletic clothing & sunscreen!
The Cowboy Marching Band is going to Memphis! Put on those blue suede shoes, CMB! Please continue to check this page for updates periodically until our trip. Please see the note at the bottom of this page regarding required bowl participation.
- Liberty Bowl Itinerary – Updated on Dec. 27th (be sure to “refresh” your browser after loading the itinerary to get the latest version). The itinerary will be updated periodically with more information as it becomes available.
- Saturday, December 29th – buses will load at 6:30 am and depart at 7:00 am. We will send 5 buses from Stillwater to Memphis, and 2 buses from Dallas to Memphis. Both sets of buses will load at the same time (6:30 am) and go DIRECTLY to Memphis, stopping only for lunch (it is about a 7-hour drive from both STW & DFW to Memphis). We will NOT be doing additional pickups / drop-offs in any locations other than Stillwater, Dallas, and our lunch stop. Our lunch stop will be in Little Rock, Arkansas. Similarly, 5 buses will return to Stillwater on January 1st after the bowl game, and 2 will return to the DFW area.
- Travel Information Form – ALL MEMBERS & BOWL SUBS MUST COMPLETE by Wednesday, December 12th at NOON. It is essential that EVERYONE completes this form ON TIME and ACCURATELY since we are departing simultaneously from two different cities and states. We will work out bus list details in the office and update everyone after December 12th. Bus 6-7 will be all DFW travelers for the trip to Memphis, but we will change back to our “usual” bus lists (the one you signed up for earlier this season) after we arrive.
- Keep a copy of the itinerary on you at all times, and read ahead before every departure to make sure you have all clothing, uniforms, spending money, etc. that you may need.
- Remember to BE EARLY for every event. Due to the complexity of our schedule, we will not wait for anyone at any point during our trip. Set alarms, schedule wake up calls, and ensure that your roommates and friends wake up every morning while at the hotel in Memphis. NO EXCUSES FOR TARDINESS!!!!
The Guest House at Graceland
3600 Elvis Presley Blvd
Memphis, TN 38120
- Our banquet will be abbreviated this year (less talking) and rolled into our New Year’s Eve party at the Main Event. We will also play the banquet video as usual on all of the televisions in the Main Event. Your attire is up to you. You may want to dress casually if you plan on playing laser tag or other similar activities. If you prefer to dress up for the banquet and New Year’s Eve, you may do that also. There will be a ton of activities available, including dancing, billiards, bowling, laser tag, gravity ropes, shuffle boards, and more. Everything is FREE, including food and all activities. Due to the generous donations from two different families, renting out the facility is completely free to you and will not reduce the amount of per diem we receive. If you are 21 years of age or older, you may also purchase alcohol from the bar at your own expense. FYI – we chose not to have a separate banquet on the previous evening, because the hotel was charging an insane amount of money (double our normal banquet cost). That would have resulted in much less per diem for you on this trip, so we opted to combine the two events.
- Memphis has some cool places, such as Beale Street. We are staying in a nice hotel. However, it is NOT a safe town in many places, and our hotel is not in a great part of town. It is essential that you NEVER GO ANYWHERE ALONE outside of the hotel. Always travel together with other people. We will only take you to safe locations on the bus, but if you wander on your own, bad things can happen. At this bowl game in Memphis last year, the Iowa State band had a student get mugged when they took an Uber from the hotel to a restaurant by themselves.
- We are taking one truck. All percussion equipment, tubas, baritones, trombones, mellophones, tenor saxes, and ladders go on the truck.
- Every person is responsible for loading their own instrument on the bus or truck. If you are not departing with us from Stillwater and your instrument is in the dungeon, please contact someone in your section to make sure your instrument is loaded on Dec. 28th, or bring it to Memphis yourself. DO NOT ASSUME THAT SOMEONE ELSE IS PACKING YOUR INSTRUMENT UNLESS YOU ASK THEM TO!!!
- UNIFORMS: Remember to pack your white coats, orange bibbers, white marching shoes and socks, white gloves, cowboy hats, CMB baseball caps, and rain coats. Depending on the weather forecast as the trip nears, you may want to bring beanies and layers to wear with your uniform, as well as warm clothes to wear in Memphis during our rehearsals and free time.
- Black Nike CMB T-shirts
- Black Nike CMB Polos
- Orange Liberty Bowl Hoodies (you will receive these once we arrive in Memphis)
- Extra T-shirts, shorts, and possibly layers to wear underneath uniform since we will wear full uniform several times
- Comfortable rehearsal clothes, INCLUDING TENNIS SHOES (NO SANDALS AT REHEARSAL)
- Nice clothes to wear to the banquet, and casual clothes to wear during free time
- Layers to wear depending on the weather during the trip
- Swimsuits (if using hotel pool / hot tub)
- Flip Folders with Music (all stands tunes, plus The Greatest Showman music)
- Other packing suggestions are located on page 4 of the itinerary.
Please be sure to check out a uniform on Wed, Dec. 12th between 5:30-6:30 pm. If this time won’t work for you, then please contact Chelsea Zuniga or Colter Comstock ASAP to set up an alternate time. If you need an OSU instrument, please email Andrew Raven ASAP. Please note that we use the Remind app to communicate timely information to our members – be sure you install the app or subscribe to notifications using the instructions on the previous link.
As a reminder, bowl travel is REQUIRED for all residents of Oklahoma and surrounding states (Texas, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and New Mexico). It is also REQUIRED for ANYONE on an out-of-state tuition waiver (it’s written into your agreement). The only people exempt are those who are both from a state other than one previously listed, AND not on an out-of-state waiver. Failure to participate in the bowl without an excuse approved by Dr. Henderson may result in loss of waiver, loss of scholarship, and/or loss of CMB membership privileges for future seasons at the discretion of Dr. Henderson, Dr. Missal, and Dr. Austin. The following is not an acceptable excuse: “My parents planned a trip during that time.” That might work if you were 15 years old and a high school student. However, you are ADULTS, and this information is published in advance on our calendar / newsletter that is sent out in June.
It’s going to be a great trip! Go Pokes!!!
Our 2018 Leadership Retreat will take place at Camp Egan in Tahlequah, OK. All leadership team members are required to attend, and we will start at 10:30 am on Monday, August 6th and finish up by about 1:00 pm on Wednesday, August 8th.
The following documents will help you better prepare for these important three days:
The following meals will be provided for you while at camp: lunch and dinner on Tuesday, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Wednesday, and breakfast and lunch on Thursday. You are encouraged to bring any other snacks you may want between meals or in the evenings as well.
Please work together to carpool from your respective areas (Stillwater, Tulsa, OKC, Texas, etc.). We will be driving the large OSU van, which seats about 12 people, as well. If you would like to ride in the van, please email Andrew Raven. The van will leave Stillwater from the Seretean Center at 7:30 am on Monday morning.
If you want to check out some info about the camp yourself, including driving directions, more information about the facilities, and rec-time activity options, visit: https://okcamps.org/egan/
FYI – the director of Camp Egan, Josh Pulver, is a former CMB member and a former Pistol Pete!
In addition to the team building aspect of the weekend, one of our primary goals is to unify our own marching and teaching methods so that we are as efficient as possible during band week and throughout the season. I promise you that you will have a very positive experience throughout the camp, and that we will leave this retreat as a unified leadership team!
Andrew Raven will be in charge of the instrument inventory this year. If you need an instrument for leadership camp, please either come by the band office on Friday, August 3rd from 10am-2 pm, or email Andrew to set something up. If you aren’t coming to Stillwater prior to arriving at Camp Egan, we (or another member of your section) can bring an instrument for you.
Since this is an official OSU-sponsored event, and Camp Egan is also affiliated with the Methodist church, there is ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOL allowed on the camp grounds. This should go without saying, but I just wanted to make it explicitly clear. We must respect the policies of our university, as well as those of Camp Egan.
All leaders in each section have the title of Section Leader. Those leaders who have an asterisk (*) next to their name will be in charge of running music rehearsals for their respective sections. EVERYONE’s title is Section Leader, and no one Section Leader outranks any other Section Leader, regardless of whether they run music sectionals or not. A reminder that the leadership retreat from August 6-8, 2018 at Camp Egan in Tahlequah, OK, is required for all members of the leadership team.