Saturday, September 1, 2012

I'm with the Band: James Madison

Band: The Marching Royal Dukes
University: James Madison University
Founded: 1972
Current Director: Scott Rikkers
Today's Home Game: St. Francis (PA), 6 p.m.

Photo via James Madison University

The Marching Royal Dukes are the largest college marching band in the country with 500 members.  In addition to football games, they have also marched in Presidential inaugural parades, NFL playoff games and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The following video is from a rehearsal, thus the sparse crowd.  It is well shot nonetheless and gives a very clear demonstration of the group's abilities.  "Bat Out of Hell":


  1. JMU is an awesome band! I went to college in VA and became familiar with them during my time there.

    1. Heather, did you march in college? I only did it through high school. My college didn't even have a marching band.