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, 5:30-8:30pm (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

Celeste Tova-Guzman

Spotlight- Celeste Tovar-Guzman

“My love for the Maverick Stampede started back in high school when I watched them perform during junior year. I was so amazed that something so incredible could be so close to home! It was definitely the reason I chose to go to Colorado Mesa University. It’s been wonderful watching the Stampede grow since I first saw it, and now as I’m going into my third year, I can’t wait to inspire more to join the best marching band on the Western slope, Go Mavs!”

Celeste Tovar is a junior at Colorado Mesa University, currently pursuing a degree in K-12 Music Education. Upon graduating, she hopes to teach at a middle school band or choir here on the Western slope. Her main instrument is clarinet, and she’s been a member of the Maverick Stampede for the last three years, serving as Clarinet Section Leader for the 2017 season. 

Celeste participates in multiple ensembles on campus, including the Wind Symphony and the Clarinet Choir. She is also a member of CMU NAfME, CMU’s music education club. When Celeste is not practicing or performing, she likes to workout, do photography, play video games, and make people laugh. 

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