UT Band Program

Band Day 2018

The University Bands, Department of Music, and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics would like to invite you and your band to join The University of Toledo’s Rocket Marching Band for Band Day 2018, to be held Saturday, September 22, when the Rockets will play host to The University of Nevada. We again hit maximum participation this past year, with well over 1,000 band members participating in a day of great performances.
Game times for the upcoming season have yet to be announced, but we are planning this year’s schedule to be much like previous years. The bands arrive mid-morning and we begin with a massed-band rehearsal. This includes placing everyone on the field, entering and exiting the field, a short warm-up, and a rehearsal of the half-time music.

Immediately afterward, the Band Showcase has been a wonderful part of the day’s events, maximizing the potential for music education and excellence in performance, structured in a noncompetitive, non-ratings activity for your band. We want to give your band the opportunity to perform for an appreciative audience in our beautiful, acoustically friendly stadium. This performance is optional and very flexible as you may perform a part of a show, a complete show, or just watch the other bands in exhibition. These performances are very well-received by the audience of fellow band members, directors and parents. The Showcase will begin, following the massed-band rehearsal and end with an exhibition by the 2018 Rocket Marching Band.

Because of our limited stadium time, the number of bands in the Showcase will be limited to the first 10 registrations received. It is our hope that everyone wishing to perform will be given an opportunity to do so. Plan on a 6-8 minute presentation, on and off the field. More detailed information will be sent to you upon confirmation of your participation.

Due to the recent increase in participation, the rising cost of music, and the fees we are now being charged to rent campus space for this event, we must collect a small participation fee from each participating band. This $30 fee can be check or P.O. made out to UT BANDS and mailed to: UT Band Day, 2801 W. Bancroft St. MS 605, Toledo, OH, 43606. We must receive payment by Friday, September 14, 2018.

If you would like to register your band, simply complete the online form. Feel free to contact us if you need any additional information or clarification.

 Wishing you an enjoyable and relaxing summer!

 Warmest regards,


Andrew L. Rhodes, EdD
Director of Athletic Bands

Last Updated: 3/14/18