Athletic Bands

Athletic Bands at Colorado Mesa University consist of three ensembles: the Maverick Stampede (includes CMU Drumline), 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 LogoRowdy Brass Band



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

Thank you for supporting the Maverick Stampede and the 150+ hard working CMU students of the Western Slopes's largest marching band in our first ever crowd sourcing campaign!
For further ways to support the band, please contact Dr. Jonathan Hinkle

Membership Spotlight

Preston Sitton, Band Captain

Preston Sitton

“Nothing makes me more proud to be a Maverick than when we take the field for performance. I have found a life in the marching arts and a home in the Maverick Stampede. After spending two seasons on the Stampede’s snare line, I took on the role of drum captain, but I could not have done anything I was able to do without the help and support of my fellow leadership and drumline personnel. I have learned so many things about myself as a leader, and more importantly, myself as a person through this organization. My experiences from this band will stick with me for the rest of my life and will, with no doubt, enrich my future career as a music educator.”

Preston is a senior at CMU, and is pursuing a degree in Music Education. He has played in six total ensembles at the school throughout his time at Mesa, and has performed solo pieces as well as duets in his Junior Recital. Aside from performing, Preston enjoys composing, teaching, and of course listening to all kinds of music. Outside of CMU, he teaches marching percussion at Palisade High School. After receiving his degree, he plans to teach music at the high school level, hopefully landing a position as a high school band director. In his free time, he likes to watch Netflix and perfect his craft of being “The King of Bad Jokes.” 


Membership Spotlight Archives

Spotlight- Darcy DackonishDarcy Dackonish, Drum Major & Band Captain


Spotlight- Joel NicholsonJoel Nicholson, Section Leader


Damian JohannDamian Johann, Section Leader & Media Manager


Harley Harley Galbasini, Color Guard


Gabe Gallegos, Drum Major