Marching Band Logo on WhiteThe March of the Bearcats Marching Band was founded as a student club in 2008. The band is the newest, largest and most visible performing music group on campus. The band was granted class status in 2014 and provides credit towards graduation requirements. The band performs every weekend from the start of classes through the end of November for all home football games, select away games, marching band festivals and local parades.

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A two week camp is held in August before classes begin and the band will continues to rehearse two evenings a week plus the morning of home football games and festival performances. 

Marching band members must register for MU171 and are required attend all rehearsals and performances. 

(4) Piccolo (12) Trumpet (4) Snares (16) Guard
(8) Clarinet (6) Mellophone/French Horn (2) Tenors (8) Majorette
(6) Alto Saxophone (8) Trombone (5) Bass Drums  
(4) Tenor Saxophone (4) Baritone (1) Cymbal  
  (6) Sousaphone (6) Front Ensemble  

Majorette, Guard and Percussion camps and auditions are scheduled in the Spring. 

Please contact us through with questions and to receive your membership information pack. 

Basketball Pep Bandbasketball-pep-band

At the conclusion of marching band season the band transitions to a basketball pep band and plays for both women's and men's games. Registration for MU175-3 is required as is attendance at scheduled games. Because music from marching band season is used at basketball games, rehearsals are minimal and the focus is on performance at games.

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The marching band also serves as a nucleus for the concert band. Concert band members must register for Concert Band. 

Concert band rehearses two days a week and performs four times a year. In the fall semester the concert band performs for a Pop's concert on the Saturday evening of Homecoming weekend and an outdoor Christmas Concert on Founders Day. In the spring the concert band performs a repertoire and literature concert and performs for graduation.

Mr. Randall Kratofil, Director
Marching Band

randall kratofilMarching band and the marching arts are his lifelong passion. Studying trumpet performance at Penn State he was a member of the Penn State Blue Band, where he was selected as one of 500 college students to participate in the Statue of Liberty All-American Marching Band for the rededication ceremonies for the Statue of Liberty. The following year he was selected as one of 120 brass players to participate in the We the People 200 Brass Fanfare Marching Unit in Philadelphia, and as one of 100 Trumpet players for the Pan Am Games opening ceremonies in Indianapolis.

As an undergraduate studying music education he was a member of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Legend Marching Band. His arrangement of Sandi Patty's Make His Praise Glorious was performed and recorded by the band. His image playing trumpet is used for the IUP Marching Band logo.

While working on his Masters in Trumpet Performance at Carnegie Mellon University he began teaching drum corps.

Taking additional graduate classes at West Virginia University, Randall also marched with the Pride of West Virginia Marching Band, making this the third college marching band to perform with each in three different decades.

Randall is also well versed in Drum and Bugle Corps. He is a 2010 inductee into the Pennsylvania Drum Corps Hall of Fame. He has marched with several DCA corps including Westshoremen Buccaneers, Bushwackers, and the 2002 four time consecutive DCA World Champion Syracuse Brigadiers.

Randall is founder, director, arranger, and brass instructor for G Force Drum & Bugle Corps, Inc., G Force has made appearances at SCA South as well as local parades. He also helped support the start up of Three Rivers Indoor Percussion through G Force.

Randall has taught and arranged for many high school marching bands in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

He has also served as Principal Cornet for the North Suburban Symphonic Band under the direction of Warren Mercer, Principal E-Flat Cornet for the NABBA Princeton Brass Band and the Allegheny Brass Band.

Edward F. Dunlap, Percussion Instructor
Marching Band and Indoor Drum Line

Edward DunlapAs a freelance musician and educator, Dunlap is active in many genres of music. Currently, he performs with regional orchestras in the Pittsburgh and Cleveland areas as well as teaches a studio of percussion students. 

He earned his degrees in Percussion Performance at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, respectively. He currently serves as the Percussion Graduate Assistant at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 

Dunlap has continued his formal education abroad while researching and studying Traditional Folkloric Percussion in Havana, Cuba and in Ghana, West Africa. During his time in Ghana, he had the honor of performing for the funeral of Ghanian President John Atta Mills. 

His current and former teachers include; James Wyman, Professor Josh Ryan, Dr. Michael Kingan, Sulley Imoro and Alejandro Carbajal. 

B.M. Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music
M.A. Indiana University of Pennsylvania