You are invited to participate in one of the most spirited and rewarding activities East Carolina University offers: the East Carolina University Marching Pirates! As the dominant spirit organization on campus, the band entertains more than three-hundred thousand fans each year at ECU games and regional high school marching band festivals. The band's unique style combines exciting arrangements from diverse musical genres with traditional and contemporary drill design.
Whatever your band instrument or section, whatever your college major, we have a place for you. Our members take pride in the "family" atmosphere they create, which helps make our 26,000 student campus seem a whole lot friendlier. This diverse group of more than 250 students, the largest student organization on the ECU campus, represents a wide variety of majors from many schools in the university. In fact, only about one-fourth of the students in the Marching Pirates are music majors. Students of all ability levels from many different backgrounds participate in the band, and membership is open to all qualified students enrolled in the University.
Academic excellence is important in the ECU Marching Pirates, and we understand the time constraints of full-time university students. With that in mind, we have a planned rehearsal schedule each week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 4-6pm, and on the mornings or afternoons of home football games. We have found that very few academic classes conflict with this time slot. Students can receive "academic release time" from a rehearsal if pre-approved by the director (to meet with a professor, attend a supervised review session, etc.). Members have plenty of time to participate in a variety of organizations on campus such as academic honor societies, concert bands, intramural sports, ROTC, fraternities and sororities and many others. Two hours of elective or fine arts credit is awarded for participation in marching band and is applicable toward free elective requirements in all degree plans.
The ECU Marching Pirates Incentive Program provides financial support for some band members by rewarding their contributions of time, talent and leadership to our program. Currently, all third-year members, fourth-year members and undergraduate staff members (UGS) are eligible to receive $400 while mellophone, sousaphone and trombone players are eligible to receive $250.
In recent years the band has traveled to football games at the U.S. Naval Academy, UNC Chapel Hill, Virginia Tech, Duke, South Carolina and NC State, and has performed “exhibition” performances at high school marching band festivals throughout North Carolina and Virginia, including trips to Washington, DC and Richmond, VA. Other performance highlights have included performing at the 2003 Rockingham NASCAR race and President George W. Bush's visit to ECU in April 2001, as well as halftime shows for the Washington Redskins at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, and for the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The band has also performed in multiple bowl games!
Please take time to search through this website and check back often for updates. If you have questions regarding membership, please contact Dr. Staub, Associate Director of Bands and Director of the ECU Marching Pirates. Go Pirates!
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