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Athletic Bands

Athletic Bands at Colorado Mesa University consist of three ensembles: the Maverick Stampede, the Maverick Sound, and the Rowdy Brass Band. For more information on each, please click on the logo or picture below.

Stampede Logo

Photo of Stampede in line

Maverick Sound LogoPhoto of Maverick Sound
Rowdy Brass Band LogoPhoto of Rowdy Brass



Maverick Stampede

For more details about membership benefits of the Maverick Stampede, please click here

Maverick Sound

  • A high-energy pep band that performs for indoor athletic events during the beginning of the spring term
  • Open to students who play Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone (all types), Trumpet, Mellophone, Trombone, Baritone, Sousaphone, E-Bass, E-Keyboard, & Drumset

 Rowdy Brass Band

  • An elite “ambassador” ensemble designed to train a 21st Century musician/student
  • Serves as the core of the Maverick Sound
  • Members are treated and paid like professional musicians (LARGE SCHOLARSHIP)
  • One-on-a-part chamber ensemble modeled after groups like Disney’s “All-American Band"
  • By audition only

2012 Stampede

The creation of the Maverick Stampede has represented an extraordinary partnership between the community and the university. The Maverick Stampede was founded in the Fall of 2012 and is the core of the CMU Athletic Band lineup. The Maverick Stampede officially took the field in Fall 2013. This group has seen rapid growth in size and strength reaching a membership of over 155 students in 2016 and is proud to be CMU’s largest student organization. The band is open to all CMU students. The Maverick Stampede is led by Dr. Jonathan Hinkle, who has built the band from the ground up. 

The band's rapid growth led to the development of the new "Stampede Center." This brand new facility is the new home for the Maverick Stampede. This custom rehearsal space includes a dedicated turf field along with a storage facility and meeting center that includes an observation tower. 

Stampede Center- Field

Coming Soon!

Member Spotlight-

Joel Nicholson, Section Leader

 Spotlight- Joel Nicholson


"The drumline is my home, and I am so fortunate to have been able to be apart of such an incredible organization during my time in college. The Maverick Stampede is the biggest student organization on campus, and it is one of the coolest opportunities to be apart of a rapidly growing group and to be a leader as it grows. I have served as a section leader of the drumline for the last two seasons, and I am so proud of all the hard work and dedication each and every person has put in to make this season the best one yet. Go Mavs!"

Joel Nicholson is a senior at Colorado Mesa University. He will graduate in the Spring of 2019 with a Bachelor of Music Education and a Bachelor in Percussion Performance. Upon graduating, he hopes to teach middle school band here in his hometown and teach and perform percussion as much as possible. He has played marching snare drum and marching bass drum in the Maverick Stampede for the past three years and served as section leader for two of the three seasons. He returned as bass drum section leader this year.

Joel is heavily involved not only in the Maverick Stampede but also in the Music Department, regularly participating in four to six ensembles each semester and serving leadership positions such as Treasurer of CMU's chapter of Collegiate National Association for Music Education, and President of CMU's chapter of Colorado Mesa University Percussion Society. In his free time, he likes to play video games, hang out with friends, and relax. 

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