The Spartan Marching Band jacket traces its origins back to our first trip to the Rose Bowl in 1954. Upon their return members suggested the band adopt a distinctive jacket with a collar and buttons to make it stand out on campus. That original design has remained consistent since, reflecting the same commitment to upholding tradition as the Spartan Marching Band. A jacket is earned only after a first-year member has completed their dress rehearsal, called “Freshman Dress.” This special rehearsal is the culmination of 10 days of grueling practice and rehearsal at pre-season drills. Among the many protocols is one that allows a band member to don the jacket for the first time only after marching through the tunnel into Spartan Stadium.
There is no better indication of the pride in Spartan Marching Band membership than to see this wool jacket worn on a day when lighter attire might be more comfortable. Each year, approximately 300 Alumni of the SMB arrive on campus for their Annual Fall Reunion. These alumni are of greatly varying ages but the Spartan Marching Band jacket is worn by 70-year-olds standing next to recent graduates. THAT’S TRADITION!
You can help support future Spartan Marching Band members with a one-time contribution of $150 which will pay for one jacket for a new member of the Spartan Marching Band!
We also are very proud to announce that a former Spartan Marching Band member has stepped forward to match all donations up to the first $6,000. This means that your contribution of $150 will actually pay for TWO jackets!
Funds received during this campaign will help to heavily subsidize the out-of-pocket cost of jackets for the 2017 incoming members of the Spartan Marching Band.
The Michigan State University Alumni Band promotes camaraderie among MSU Band alumni through opportunities for active musical participation, to facilitate contact and communication within MSU Band alumni and to encourage alumni advocacy and philanthropy in support of the MSU Bands.
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