Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is participating in the Maverick Stampede expensive?

A: No! In fact, participation in the Maverick Stampede is one of the least expensive campus activities at CMU and in many cases is less expensive than many other college bands.  Even when the band travels, these costs are covered for members (FREE TRAVEL).  As a benefit to band participants, all rookie members of the band are required to purchase several informal uniform items (Under Armor brand stretch & water repellent warm-up jacket & pants, hat, & t-shirt) with CMU Band logos.  All of these items together will cost the student $90 (55% off retail, items ordered in Registration Form, money collected during preseason camp). Members of the band will own these items, keep, and wear them as they please.  Students must also own a pair of black marching band performance shoes. In most cases, students already own these from their high school band experience.  If not, they can be purchased for an additional $30 (Registration Form).  All items are one-time expenses and will not need to be purchased for subsequent seasons.  Flip folders, music, formal uniforms, and other equipment are provided at no cost.  There are no other costs or "band fees."

Q: When will the Maverick Stampede Rehearse?

A: The Maverick Stampede rehearses Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 6-9pm starting in the middle of August (1st week of classes) and ending in late October.  Here is a detailed fall schedule. The CMU Wind Symphony will not rehearse during this part of the marching band season, to accommodate students who want to participate in both ensembles, but rather will begin rehearsals in October as the Maverick Stampede season is winding down.

Q: Where will the Maverick Stampede Rehearse?

A: In 2017 a new state-of-the-art CMU Athletic Band rehearsal, meeting, and storage facility was constructed for the dedicated use and rehearsal of various CMU Athletic Bands.  On occasion, the Maverick Stampede also has access to rehearse in Stocker Stadium and other spaces on campus.  

Q: How big is the Maverick Stampede?

A: In only a few short years of existence, the Maverick Stampede is proud to hold the titles of CMU's largest student organization and the largest marching band on the Western Slope.  Membership in the last few years has typically ranged from 140-160 members, but is also expected to grow and strengthen in future seasons.

Q: Is an audition required to participate?

A: Although previous band experience is highly recommended, no audition is required for students wishing to perform on wind instruments. Students interested in participating in the drum-line will be required to audition in late April. Continue reading for details about drum-line specific dates, including an information/help session, auditions, and a required spring rehearsal

Q: Will there be a Pre-Season Band Camp?

A: Yes, there will be a short and fun camp starting one week before classes begin each fall.  Attendance at all events associated with this camp are required of all participants.  Incoming freshman who are interested in being in the marching band, but would also like to take the FYI (Freshman Year Initiative) course also offered one week before classes begins are encouraged to participate in the alternative FYI course that is offered during the regular Fall term so as not to interfere with this pre-season marching band camp.  Also, students that will be living in on-campus housing will be able to move-in early with no extra charge for this early arrival time.  This is a huge benefit for students that is only offered to marching band members and other student athletes.

Q: What if I don't have an instrument?

A: The Music Department has purchased complete sets of marching percussion (drum-line) and large brass instruments (Mellophones, Trombones, Baritones, & Sousaphones). Students who play smaller instruments (flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet) will need to provide their own instrument.   Students without their own instrument should contact Dr. Hinkle for more information.

Q: Do I need to sign-up for a class?

A: Yes.  Students participating in the Maverick Stampede will be able to register and receive college credit for their participation.  Additionally, students will be able the receive one Kinesiology credit (three required for all CMU students, like PE credits) for their participation in the marching band during their first year of membership.  This is a huge benefit and should be highly considered for students that are interested in participating.  For more information about exact course numbers and sections available, please click here. For planning and drill-writing purposes, students are encouraged to register for marching band by June 1 AND fill-out the Maverick Stampede Registration Form to ensure that a spot in half-time and pregame shows will be made specifically for you.


Q: If I participate, do I need to be available for all rehearsals and performances?

A: Yes.  However, students with special circumstances or concerns should speak directly with Dr. Hinkle.


Q: If I have further questions, who should I contact?

A:  Please attempt to communicate with the appropriate student leader first, then Dr. Hinkle if your questions remain unanswered.