Spartan Marching Band Helmet

Schladming Tattoo with Spartan Marching Band!

Monday, 14.03.2022

One of the most famous marching bands in the USA makes a guest appearance at Mid EUROPE!

The Spartan Marching Band boasts a long history that goes all the way back to the 1870s. From its beginnings as a student-led ensemble and then a unit of the corps of cadets, the Spartan Marching Band has developed into one of the most acclaimed college marching bands in the USA.

The Spartan Marching Band (SMB) is 300 members-strong and one of the most acclaimed college marching bands in the USA. Performing its pregame show before every home football game, the Spartan Marching Band also represents Michigan State University (MSU) on the road as well as at bowl games in December or January. The students of this ensemble are representatives of the university and, through their participation in the SMB as well as other campuswide events, a vibrant part of the campus community as a whole.

From the year of their founding in 1870 until 1907, the band basically did not have an official conductor or band director. The first band director was named in 1907 and took the reins of the band. The appointment of Leonard Falcone as band director in 1927 marked the birth of a whole new era of growth for the Spartan Band. In fact, most of the band’s rich traditions and history which are still honored and adhered to even today (such as the traditional uniform), are owed to long-serving band director Falcone. During this time, Michigan State University joined the Big Ten Conference and the band developed into one of the highest-profile Big Ten marching bands.

After the 40-year era of Leonard Falcone came to an end, subsequent band directors included Begian, Bloomquist, Hegerberg, Chevallard, Catron, Wiedrich and Madden. Each of them brought certain changes and innovations with them, while keeping up the beloved traditions. Today, Dr. David Thornton leads the affairs of the Spartan Marching Band as its thirteenth director – with a modernized vision and approach, though one that remains deeply rooted in the band’s rich history and traditions.

The Spartan Marching Band is an important part of the Michigan State University band program and the Michigan State University College of Music. Currently under the direction of Dr. Kevin Sedatole, the 152-year-old MSU band program includes the MSU Wind Symphony, the Symphony Band, the Concert Band, the Campus Band, the Spartan Marching Band and the Spartan Brass Athletic Band, together with a graduate conducting program for wind ensembles.

The Michigan State University Spartan Marching Band under band director Dr. David Thornton will be represented by over 200 musicians at Mid EUROPE 2022 in Schladming. In addition to performances in the town center of Schladming, they will contribute to an absolutely extraordinary musical experience at the Schladming Tattoo Marching Showon Friday, 15 July 2022 in Planai Stadium beginning at 7 PM.