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 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

Support the Maverick Stampede and the 150+ hard working CMU students of the Western Slopes's largest marching band as we ramp-up for our best season yet...Our first ever crowd sourcing campaign needs your help! Large or small donations are very much appreciated to help this group continue to serve as ambassadors for CMU and Grand Junction, CO. GO MAVS!

Membership Spotlight

Harley Galbasini, Color Guard

Harley Galbasini

“Being apart of the Maverick Stampede has taught me so much about leadership and what it means to be a part of an organization. We all get together and work so hard for a beautiful project that is displayed to thousands of spectators each fall! It’s been a huge part of my college experience and I’m going to continue being apart of this wonderful family.”

Harley Galbasini will be a Junior at Colorado Mesa University in the Fall of 2018. She will graduate with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education in the year 2020. Her main focus musically lies within the vocal department. However her passion within the marching realm points to the color guard. She has marched in the Maverick Stampede for two seasons. 

Her other involvement with the Music Department includes participating in ensembles, working back stage for the operas, and contributing to Colorado West and Solo/Ensemble competitions. After graduating, she plans to teach elementary level general music and, one day, return to higher education to pursue her masters in Choral conducting.



Membership Spotlight Archives

Spotlight- Darcy DackonishDarcy Dackonish, Drum Major & Band Captain


Spotlight- Joel NicholsonJoel Nicholson, Section Leader


Damian JohannDamian Johann, Section Leader & Media Manager