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  • $6,555 RAISED OF $10,000 GOAL


  • Henry Nelson $150
  • Andrew Schneider $45
  • Katherine Squires $1,000
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  • Mark York $100
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  • Aryka Thomson $25
  • Al and Noel Hauser $450
  • Maximus Baikie $100
  • Douglas Light $300
  • Harry Hirt $300
  • Abberly Lott Limbach $300
  • Ronald Sams $300
  • Melissa Mackey $150
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Spartan Marching Band Jacket Campaign 2020

The Spartan Marching Band Jacket traces its origins back to our first trip to the Rose Bowl in 1954. Upon returning, it was suggested by current members that the band adopt a distinct jacket with 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 dedicated grueling practice and rehearsal at Pre-Season Drills. Among the many protocols is one that allows the band member to don the jacket for the first time only after he or she has marched through the tunnel into Spartan Stadium.

This year, things will be different but the tradition will continue. Though the marching band will not be taking the field this year, we are still preparing to support our members. Students this year will be receiving their jackets when they take the field next season, but since there will be two new classes we still need to prepare. Your gift will make the difference and continue the legacy of the Spartan Marching Band.

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 fare 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!

Historically, students have had to pay out of their own pockets for the privilege of their own jacket, but in recent years, through the generosity of private support, the cost of jackets has been greatly subsidized. It is the goal of the Alumni Bands to provide these jackets free of charge to all incoming members of the SMB. With approximately 80+ new members each year, this would require roughly $12,000 annually in private support

Your Support Will Make a Big Difference 

You can support future Spartan Marching Band members with a contribution of $150, which will cover the cost of one jacket!

Thanks to the generosity of individuals like you, we have been able to help cover the cost of a jacket for each new Spartan Marching Band member since 2011. Our goal is to continue this endeavor every year, so that our students can wear their jackets without worry and with pride.

Funds received during this campaign will help to heavily subsidize the out-of-pocket cost of jackets for the 2020 incoming members of the Spartan Marching Band.

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 21OOPC1SMBJA” in the note section.


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