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

  • Early and free access to your dorm during our short preseason camp (1 week before Fall Term)
  • Tuesday & Thursday evening rehearsals, 6-9pm (1st half of Fall Term)
  • Rehearse in the Stampede's own custom rehearsal/meeting/storage complex
  • Build relationships & be a part of CMU's largest student organization - GET INVOLVED!
  • Perform for large audiences at football games and band competitions
  • Get KINE credit (required for all majors) during your 1st year, then register for "zero" (free) credit
  • Very little cost
  • Scholarships available

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!

Membership Spotlight

Damian Johann, Section Leader & Media Manager

Spotlight- Damian

"Being in the band is a huge responsibility as we set the tone for pride around the campus of Colorado Mesa University... especially on game days. It is well worth the time and effort that it takes. I love being a part of this band and I proudly tell everyone I know that I’m a member of the Maverick Stampede!” The band has helped me grow not only musically, but as a person and a leader. Go Mavs!"

Damian Johann is a junior at Colorado Mesa University. He will graduate in the Fall of 2019 with a Bachelor of Music Education. Upon graduating, he hopes to teach either middle/ high school band or elementary music here in Colorado. While his main instrument is the clarinet, he has played tenor saxophone in the Maverick Stampede for the past three years and has served in various leadership positions, including media manager and as section leader for two of his three seasons.

Damian is heavily involved not only in the Maverick Stampede but also in the Music Department, regularly participating in multiple ensembles each semester and serving leadership positions. He is the former Treasurer of CMU's chapter of Collegiate National Association for Music Education and the current Vice-President. In his free time, he likes to hike, go camping, and hang out with friends.


Membership Spotlight Archives

Spotlight- Darcy DackonishDarcy Dackonish, Drum Major & Band Captain


Spotlight- Joel NicholsonJoel Nicholson, Section Leader