Cavalier Marching Band

The Cavalier Marching Band is comprised of approximately 320 members. The band is an integral part of every home football game and various other sporting events on Grounds. The CMB is known for its high energy and crowd-pleasing performances. CMB members perform a new, memorized halftime show for every home football game, which gives students and fans an opportunity to experience many different musical styles and unexpected thrills each fall.

The CMB is comprised of brass, woodwinds, battery & mallet percussion, colorguard, and feature twirlers. Remarkably, the CMB is comprised almost entirely of non-music majors. CMB students come from nearly every major and school at the University. Student leadership is strongly emphasized. We have approximately 200 student leaders in the CMB, all of whom dedicated themselves to the purpose of making the experience better for the membership.  These include drum majors, section leaders, drill instructors, and support staff.  All members are provided with instruments and equipment to be used throughout their tenure in the band. There are no fees to participate in the marching band, only a passion for making music and for UVA. The band rehearses only twice on non-game weeks and has an additional rehearsal on the Fridays before a home football games. The band performs at all home football games, occasional regular-season away games, and at the post-season bowl game. Meals and lodging expenses for all home and travel events are covered by the band.

The members of the Cavalier Marching Band enjoy the thrill and challenge of performing in front of large crowds, appearing on national television, and representing the University of Virginia. The members of the band proudly wear the orange and blue and are ambassadors for the University on and off the field.

Cavalier Marching Band is housed in the Hunter Smith Band Building 180 Culbreth Road. Phone 434.982.5347.  For more information email the directors at and visit our website at




UVA Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176