Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the Big Time!

The University of Wyoming Marching Band - "Western Thunder" features musicians from nearly every major on campus who perform for as many as tens of thousands of fans each year at home and road Cowboy football games. The band is a great group to be a part of when you're first getting to know the Laramie campus. Know one of the best things about the band? It needs a lot of freshmen who enjoyed high school band so much that they'd love to keep playing at UW!

Who Plays?

Anyone willing to do a little work and have a lot of fun! Music majors comprise a large portion of the band, but our membership also heavily relies on students from every major including criminal justice, history, engineering, and business, among many others. You don't have to audition to join, and you can count on playing each time the band performs. If your high school had no marching band, don't worry. Everyone will be learning the band's marching style together.

Need an Instrument?

Don't worry. If you misplaced your saxophone or your trumpet has been handed down to your baby brother, you can still play in the band. We have a large supply of instruments - everything from saxophones to sousaphones that you're welcome to use as a band member. Even if you don't want to play an instrument, there's a place for you. The band welcomes auxiliary members such as baton twirlers and color guard members.

What's Expected?

Plenty of fun, along with some work. The band season starts before classes begin in the fall. While the football team is working out at War Memorial Stadium, band members get together for a training camp of their own. You'll spend the week learning your drill and practicing your music for the season. You'll get tuned into the pride, spirit, and tradition of the "Western Thunder." And best of all, you'll get to know people (including fifty or so other freshmen) who may become your good friends for the next four years and even for the rest of your life.

What About Practice and Game Day?

During the school year, you'll enroll for marching band as a class. Practices are only held during class hours. You won't be dragged out of bed at 5 am to work on the half-time show. The band plays at every home football game and travels with the team on one road trip every year. Past bowl game road trips have taken the band to San Diego, Boise, Tucson, Miami, and Orlando. You must be there for each game, as television cameras from ESPN and ABC sports often find the band several times each game, and we need everyone there!

Contact Us

Western Thunder Marching Band

Department of Music

1000 E. University Ave, Department 3037

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5244

Fax: (307) 766-5326


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