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


2018 Tour Flyer


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

Liz Wigdahl

Liz Wigdahl

"I like being a part of the Maverick Stampede because it is a great place to make new friends, be a part of the community, and to have an go-to-activity that I can do outside of my normal academics. Many would believe that the marching band is consisted mainly of music majors, but in reality, there many more non-music majors, like myself, who are a part of the organization. It is nice to have the Maverick Stampede as an outlet to let me do something other than the idea of focusing on the academics of school. I am glad to be given the opportunity to do both science and music in college and am looking forward to the new season in the fall. Go Mavs!"

Liz Wigdahl is a Biology major with a Chemistry minor at Colorado Mesa University. Her primary instrument is the trombone and was the trombone section leader of the fall 2017 marching season. In the future, Liz would like to be somewhere in a lab working hard to help find scientific cures to many world problems. But for now, she is happy to be working towards her degree and being able to play music on the side. She is not just in the Maverick Stampede but is also a part of the CMU's Wind Symphony. So even though it can be crazy trying to do two subjects at once, Liz has learned a lot on how to time manage, communicate, and focus on the bigger picture, which has allowed her to grow as a person and student. Enjoying the best of both worlds, she is grateful for an organization and school that allows her to do so.


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

Preston Sitton

Preston Sitton, Band Captain