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  • $220 RAISED OF $10,000 GOAL


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  • Emily Dault $80
  • Christina Yancho $20

Spartan Color Guard and State of Art Winter Guard

Spartan Marching Band Color Guard (SMBCG) is a section in the Spartan Marching Band. Consisting of 32-40 members, the group presents unique performances.

State of Art Winterguard is affiliated with MSU's Spartan Marching Band Color Guard. Formed in 2007 by Peter Eichler and Orlando Suttles, the group grew from a student-led organization. Since 2007, State of Art has built a name associated with creativity and excellence, including winning a national title in 2009, seven state titles (2007-2011, 2016, 2018) and top-15 national finishes in 2008-2013.

Each year State of Art students and staff create and perform a unique winterguard program. The team is a proud member of Winterguard International and the Michigan Colorguard Circuit.  Student leaders and staff are looking to rejuvenate our team and continue our competitive success for the 2020 season and beyond.

Support the ongoing excellence of our performance art

This fundraising project is intended to allow students to participate in either group and grow their skills regardless of financial need.

Project Budget: $10,000

State of Art team members from 2019As a registered student organization, the student members fund all fees associated with the performance production, travel, insurance, and competition. Each student member must pay a $1,200 membership fee fee, which can be a significant financial barrier to participation. Students are required to purchase uniforms an dry cleaning fees, and other supplies like gloves, make-up and hairpieces which quickly add up. With this in mind, students and staff have fundraised to offset the cost for bus charters to two out-of-state sites and three in-state competitions. The Spartan Marching Band has generously sponsored equipment usage and purchase.

Support from alumni, parent, and friend support allows the team to support students’ financial needs. Your gift could provide a pair of gloves or a jacket for a member, support with dues, or help lower travel costs for our students. 

Who We Are

Members of both the SMBCG and State of Art are currently enrolled students at Michigan State University. The fall team includes 40 student performers and four staff members. For 2019, State of Art features 27 student performers and seven staff members.

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 19OOPCF1CGMUSIC” in the note section.

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