The Missouri Southern State University Lion Pride Marching Band is comprised of undergraduate music majors and also non-majors. This ensemble is recognized as one of the oldest ensembles in existence at Missouri Southern State University. The Lion Pride Marching Band performs in Fred G. Hughes Stadium during all home football games and can been seen locally at various parades. The Lion Pride Marching Band is open to any MSSU student. Contact Dr. Rick Espinosa for information. For information about the drumline, see here.
Registration for the Fall 2018 Lion Pride Marching Band Season is open! All members must fill out the PERSONNEL INFORMATION FORM before the season begins. Do not wait - it can even be filled out from a mobile device.
Incoming freshman typically attend one of our Southern Welcome events where they enroll in classes and familiarize themselves with our campus experience (click the link for more information). Be sure to register for marching band (MUS 191 for fr/so; MUS 391 for jr/sr) when you visit your advisor.
Our Preseason Week begins Sunday evening, August 12th, one week before classes begin. Plan on being with the band all week. You can move into your dorms early but be sure to have money for food as the dining halls will not open until Wednesday. Once classes begin the Lion Pride Marching Band will meet just 3 days a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2-4 pm. The color guard and drumline typically hold a one hour sectional each week in addition to regular rehearsal (typically from 4-5 pm on Wednesdays). The full season calendar will be emailed to all personnel in July.
There are scholarships for Lion Pride Band members! Wind players are awarded an automatic $300 scholarship. Drumline and color guard members are given a $500 scholarship since these sections typically hold an additional sectional once per week.
The Missouri Southern State University Lion Pride Brass Pep Band performs on campus at men's and women's basketball games during regular play and post-season tournaments. Audition times are posted through the Department of Music in late September or early October. An audition consists of a prepared solo or etude, sight-reading, and major scales. Lion Pride Brass is open to any MSSU Lion Pride Marching Band student. For more information contact Dr. Rick Espinosa .
The Lion Pride Drumline has been recognized as one of the premiere drumlines across the nation. Having been utilized by the NCAA for promotional material, the LPMB Drumline has also performed live on CBS and Fox Sports.
Our audition camps for the 2018 season will be help on campus at MSSU in Phinney Hall from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 and Saturday, May 5. The April 7 camp will be educational in nature and prospective members are encouraged to try different instruments to find the best fit. The actual audition will take place at the May 5 camp. Your presence at both camps is strongly recommended. There is no cost to audition. Lunch is not provided (typically the group heads to a local fast food restaurant and begins getting to know one another). If you have any questions please direct them to Dr. Ricardo Espinosa or to Chase Neely, drumline instructor.