Marching Mizzou performs a drill during halftime, spelling out Tigers. Photo by Mitch Bennett via Flickr.
Marching Mizzou is the University of Missouri’s marching band. They pep up students for athletic events, such as football and basketball games, and perform at other events, such as parades and competitions. They’re known for their quick-moving and entertaining style, bringing famous performances such as “Flip Tigers” to Faurot Field. The band is the largest student organization on campus and includes woodwind and brass sections, a drumline, color guard, and twirlers. The Golden Girls dance team also perform with the band frequently. Get to know The Big M of the Midwest with our overview below!
- Also known as M2 and The Big M of the Midwest
- Comprised of over 300 students
- Fight Songs: “Fight Tiger” and “Every True Son”
- Directed by Dr. Amy Knopps
- Performs in the Southeastern Conference (SEC)
- Marching Mizzou is on Facebook and Twitter
Marching Mizzou was founded in 1885, and the original band was actually very small. It consisted of only 12 members. The members were all part of the school’s Corps of Cadets, and the band was considered a military band. It didn’t become a show band until the 1930s and opened membership up to male students outside of the Corps in 1944, then to female students as well in 1958. Today, it is the largest UM student organization.
- The full band performs at every home game, and a pep band is sent to away games.
- Mini Mizzou, a smaller ensemble, performs at basketball games and home volleyball games.
- Their signature drill, “Flip Tigers,” is performed at every pregame show to the tune of “Fight Tiger”.
- Performs annually in the Mizzou Homecoming Parade.
- Summer band camp takes place every August, during which all members of Marching Mizzou prepare for the marching season.
- Annually hosts the Champion of Champions Marching Festival.
Titles and Awards:
- Highest Honors, Big 6 Conference, 1934
- International Band Champions, Limerick International Band Championship, 2016
Marching Mizzou performing in Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day in 2016, Photo by William Murphy via Flickr.
The Golden Girls:
The Golden Girls are UM’s dance team and frequently perform with Marching Mizzou. The dancers get their name from the iconic gold-sequined uniforms they wear. The talented team has won the NCA Collegiate Cheer and Pom Dance competition three times (1991, 1992, 2003). They initially began as a majorette team, performing baton-twirling routines, but gradually became their own entity apart from the marching band as a dance team. The color guard and feature twirlers remain part of the band.
Marching Mizzou Tryouts:
Auditions for Marching Mizzou begin in January of each year. Auditions to play an instrument in Marching Mizzou must be requested by filling out this form. Applications for featured twirlers, color guard, and drumline can be found on the Marching Mizzou website.