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Marching & Pep Bands

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Welcome to the University of Kansas Marching Jayhawks!

Band member performing on a field during a game

For over 100 years, the Marching Jayhawks have provided entertaining shows for students, fans, and alumni of our great university. Over 400 students participate in the various band ensembles offered at KU, and the Marching Jayhawks and pep bands represent students from nearly every major on campus - we invite you to become part of our family!

The Marching Jayhawks have a rich tradition of performances and recognition and play at all home football games at scenic Memorial Stadium and usually at one away football game each season. A variety of music is performed each fall, including four to six different halftime shows.  Known for our energetic performances and engaging musicianship, the Marching Jayhawks were the recipient of the 1989 Sudler Trophy, the highest honor bestowed to college marching bands. 

Band member performing on a field during a gameMembers of the Marching Jayhawks also comprise the pep bands for KU Women’s Volleyball, and are of course an integral part of the Allen Fieldhouse environment for Men's and Women's Basketball games.

Through our traditional pregame performances, exciting halftime shows, and energizing music throughout game day, the Marching Jayhawks embody the spirit and tradition of the University of Kansas!

Whether you are a prospective student, current or former Jayhawk, or just a friend of the band, please enjoy your visit to our webpage and return often for updates and announcements about your Marching Jayhawks!

Rock Chalk!

Dr. Matthew O. Smith
Associate Director of Bands
Director, Marching Jayhawks

Ms. Sharon Toulouse
Assistant Director of Bands

Backs of band members showing the KU insignia on their uniforms




School of Music Calendar
Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.