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2012 Band Camp Information

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Marching Band Contact Info

Douglas Whitten, Director

Music Contact

Interim Chair:

Susan Marchant

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Contact Person:
Kimberly Harries

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Phone: 620-235-4466
Fax: 620-235-4468

Department of Music
103 McCray Hall
Pittsburg State University
1701 S. Broadway
Pittsburg KS 66762

The Pittsburg State University

Pride of the Plains

Marching Band

Frequently Asked Questions

How does being in a college Marching Band compare to my high school experience?
The “Pride of the Plains” Marching Band is comprised of students who have been members of championship high school bands as well as students whose high school didn't even have a Marching Band. This diversity of backgrounds makes it difficult to compare college with high school. However, one of the greatest differences is that there is much less rehearsal time available. We perform a standard pregame show and 3-4 different halftime shows each season, and play lots of stand tunes. Also, the college band has to find a happy medium between being a fun and spirited organization while still achieving a quality of performance representative of the image of our great University at home and away.  At PSU, we put a significant emphasis on the band being fun for the marching members as well as for the audience.

How much does it cost?
Actually, we pay you.   See the blue box below for scholarship and stipend information.

Do I have to audition to be in the band?
NO. Brass and Woodwind players are not required to audition for the Marching Band. However, percussionists, twirlers, and color guard members will have to try out during band camp (or by appointment with the band director).

Do I need to be a music major to be in the band?
NO! The Marching Band does not require its members to be music majors. In fact, the majority of marching band members major in something other than music.  The environment is ideal for freshmen as it provides them with a wealth of human resources to help them select professors and pick the best classes. Just about every major at the university is represented in the band!

Do you have to know how to march to be in the band?
NO! Marching experience is not required of anyone interested in becoming a member of the band. In fact, about 1/3rd of the Marching Band members had no marching experience before joining the "Pride of the Plains" Upon arrival at Band Camp, all members will learn to march.  Don’t worry!  Its not difficult at all.

How often does the band rehearse?
Rehearsals are planned so as not to interfere with classes.  Rehearsals are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3-4:30 PM.  That’s it*.  No extra rehearsals, no staying late.
(*color guard and percussion do have one sectional each week… that’s why you guys get the big bucks.)

Does the bands program provide instruments to members?

YES! The band will provide sousaphones, baritones, mellophones, and piccolos. Some saxes, trombones, and trumpets are also available on a limited basis. The band provides all percussion  and color guard equipment.

For More Information Contact the Band Director:
Douglas Whitten at (620) 235-4070 or email

Opportunities For You!

The Pitt State Band wants you to join us in making your university years active and interesting. Here are a few opportunities available for you:

· An opportunity for you to meet new friends and to acquaint yourself with others who have a variety of interests and a common goal.

· An opportunity for you to become a part of a great Pittsburg State University tradition.

· An opportunity for you to gain an instant feeling of belonging, combined with a knowledge that you are an active part of a great university.

· An opportunity for you to be a vital part of the excitement and traditional rivalries associated with men's and women's athletics in the NCAA.

An opportunity for you to experience the rewards and sense of pride that goes along with accomplishment.

Stipends and Scholarships

Members of the "Pride of the Plains" Marching Band receive Band Stipend Awards for their participation. In 2007, all band members will get at least $400. Drumline and Colorguard receive $500.

Students who participate in one of Basketball Pep Bands receive an additional Band Stipend Award of $225.00 for each band they are in (we currently have 3 different pep bands). Qualified students may apply for and audition for additional scholarship assistance through the Department of Music.

Out of State Student = In State Tuition

Many students from Missouri and Oklahoma can attend Pitt State at our low in-state tuition using the Gorilla Advantage In-State Tuition Plan.  To see if you are eligible, visit the Gorilla Advantage Plan page.

For information about Bands at Pitt State contact:

Doug Whitten - Director of Athletic Bands
(620) 235-4070 or

Pittsburg State University sponsors several performing ensembles including:

Wind Ensemble
Symphonic Band
Marching Band
Basketball Pep Bands
Jazz Ensemble
Jazz Lab Band
Jazz Combos

South East Kansas Symphony
Chamber Orchestra

Chamber Ensembles
Brass Choirs
Tuba Ensemble
Trombone Choir
Brass Quintets
Trumpet Ensemble
Flute Choir
Clarinet Ensemble
Sax Quartets
Horn Ensembles
Woodwind Quintets
Percussion Ensemble
And much more…

University Choir
Jazz Choir
Opera Program
Much more

 Visit the Department of Music for more information