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  • Marching Band
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Pep Band

The Band Program

The SVC Band Program welcomes students of all majors and backgrounds. Students who participate in band at Saint Vincent forge lasting friendships, hone performance skills, and provide service to the college and community.

Students can join any number of on-campus ensembles including the Saint Vincent College Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Bearcat Pep Band.


Any student with previous band experience is automatically accepted into the SVC Band Program.

Opportunities are available for woodwinds, brass, percussion, drumline, front ensemble, rhythm section, color guard, and majorettes.

Rehearsals and Time Commitment

• Marching Band (fall): Two (2) two-hour rehearsals per week plus alternating Saturday performances

• Concert Band: One (1) two-hour rehearsal per week

• Jazz Ensemble: One (1) two-hour rehearsal per week

• Pep Band (spring): One (1) half-hour rehearsal per week plus home basketball games


Incoming and prospective students can apply for a $500-$1,000 Marching Band Scholarship. These awards renew automatically each year for participating in the SVC Marching Band and Pep Band. Open to all winds, percussion, and auxiliary performers.

Apply here.

Band Camp

Students in the Marching Band arrive to campus one week before fall classes. Band camp does not conflict with freshman orientation.

Fees and Instruments

There are no fees for participating in band, and marching instruments are provided. Students in the Marching Band do not pay for meals or housing during band camp.

  • FAQs

    1. Do I have time for band? Yes! Participation in band is possible for everyone. We work with students who have a conflict with a class or lab.

    2. Can I be in the Marching Band if I never participated in high school? Yes! New members learn everything they need to know at band camp. We would love to have you involved.

    3. Am I good enough to be in band? If you have previous band experience and are excited to perform, we are excited to have you.

    4. I did marching band in high school. Should I continue in college? Yes! College marching band members enjoy many benefits including early move in, an active social community, high-quality instruction, and an annual spring trip.

    5. Is there a way to be involved if I have zero experience? Yes! Our color guard is a beginner-friendly organization that is always accepting new members.

    6. Can I take private instrument lessons? Yes! For a fee, students can register to take a half-hour or hour-long weekly private instrument lesson for credit.

Ensemble Information

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Join the Saint Vincent College Marching Band and be a part of one of the largest performance ensembles on campus. What started in 1995 as a small pep band has now developed into a full marching band program and an integral part of the Saint
Vincent Community.

Throughout the years, the band has been involved in a variety of performance opportunities including band festivals at local high schools, parades in neighboring communities, and multiple preseason games for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Membership is open to woodwinds, brass, drumline, front ensemble, color guard, and majorettes.

  • Concert Band

    Course #: MU 172
    Semester: fall and spring

    The Concert Band is open to all woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Members perform traditional and contemporary band music throughout the year. Placement auditions are held in September, and select instruments can be borrowed on request.

  • Jazz Ensemble

    Course #: MU 175
    Semester: fall and spring

    The Jazz Ensemble is open to saxophones, trumpets, trombones, guitar, piano, bass, and drum set. No prior jazz experience is required. Members learn jazz interpretation and improvisation skills and perform music from the American and Latin American jazz idioms. Placement auditions are held in September, and select instruments can be borrowed on request.

  • Pep Band

    Semester: spring

    During the spring, the Bearcat Pep Band supports the Athletic Department and
    performs at home men’s and women’s basketball games. Membership includes all Marching Band members plus any interested winds, percussion, color guard and majorettes.

Color Guard and Majorettes

Perform as an auxiliary member of the Saint Vincent College Marching Band!

The Color Guard performs choreographed routines using flags and rifles to interpret and enhance the music of the band. Membership is open to any student with previous color guard experience or an interest in dance or the visual performing arts. Previous experience is not required.

The Majorettes perform choreographed baton twirling routines alongside the
instrumentalists and color guard. Saint Vincent’s majorettes are the focal point of the band’s halftime shows and parades. Membership is open to any student with previous twirling experience.

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Band Staff
  • Dr. Sean Durkin, Band Director
  • Sarah Curran, Color Guard and Majorette Director
  • George Reich, Visual Instructor
  • Jacob Swick, Percussion Instructor
  • Emily Atkins, Color Guard Instructor