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Pep Band


About the Mount's Pep Band

Continue playing your instrument at the beautiful Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. As an NCAA Division I university, we're looking for well-rounded, ethical leaders prepared to lead lives of significance. We believe that creating music together strengthens our Mount community in which all are welcome. The Mount Pep Band performs at all home men’s basketball games, select women’s games, and travels to all post-season tournaments.

Scholarships available to eligible students.

Mount Pep Band Mission

  • We are passionate and driven Mounties who aim to create music that strengthens our community.
  • We strive to inspire everyone for whom we perform, and work to establish an environment in which all are welcome.
  • We are ambassadors of Mount St. Mary’s University and take pride in our service to, and passion for, our Mount family.

Interested in joining the Pep Band? Complete the interest form and Associate Director of the Athletic Pep Band Terrell Smith will be in touch!

Complete the form

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Check out the Mount's pep band play the Land of 1000 Dances!

What Pep Band Members Like Most About the Mount...


“I enjoy spending time with my friends while making new ones, the beautiful mountains, and all of the activities the Mount has to offer.”

~ Emma Edwards, C'24


“I love the Mount because I can grow both faithfully and academically, as well as being with my friends!”

~ Mia Diaz, C'24


“The support and care given by staff and peers. The community aspect of the Mount is very rewarding.”

~ Paul Breeden, C'24


“I love my professors! They all have been so understanding and make every class enjoyable!”

~ Cheyenne McGowan, C'24


“I really enjoy the supportive learning environment of the Mount community and the ability to participate in engaging activities like the pep band.”

~ Emily Kiger, C'24


Why should I join the Mount Pep Band?

You should join the Mount Pep Band because it’s a great place to continue playing your instrument while making friends you’ll have for the rest of your life! We’re all about building a great community while supporting our athletic teams at MSMU! When you join the Mount Pep Band you’ll not only get some cool Mount gear but you’ll also be welcomed into a family of fellow music lovers.

Does the pep band play at basketball games?

Yes! We play at all home men’s basketball games and select women’s games. Our teams are Division I and in 2021 both women’s and men’s teams went to the NCAA tournament. We travel with the teams to any post-season games. We also perform at campus events such as FamilyFest and other events that need our enthusiastic spirit!

Learn more about Division I athletics at the Mount.

When’s rehearsal? What if I have a busy schedule? Can I still join the band?

Rehearsals take place every Monday and Wednesday evening from 5:30-7 p.m. in Knott Auditorium. Pep Band members are some of the busiest students at the Mount. Our members play sports, perform in other musical ensembles, are members of the honors program, and so much more! It’s totally possible to do all these things and still play in the band. The director will work with you to help make this possible!

Do I need to audition to be in the band?

No! But having some experience playing a woodwind, brass, or drum set is important. All members are expected to be able to read music and have basic proficiency on their instrument. Members have various playing experiences—from playing since middle school, to learning a new instrument as a freshman in college.

How do I join?

Complete the interest form to sign up. We’re always happy to welcome new players—even if it’s in the middle of the semester.

Are scholarships available?

Yes! Scholarships are available to eligible students who have demonstrated proficiency on their instrument and are able to commit to our rehearsal and performance schedule. Scholarships are renewable every semester up to four years.

Do I need to be a music major to join?

No! In fact most of our members major in something other than music. We have educations majors, biology majors, art majors and many others. Interested in being a music major? Learn more about Visual and Performing Arts at the Mount.

Are instruments available to rent?

Yes. We have a number of instruments in excellent condition that can be checked out to you at the beginning of the semester. Please be sure to inform us of any instrument needs as soon as possible.

Join the Pep Band

Interested in joining the Pep Band? Complete the interest form and Director of the Athletic Pep Band Terrell Smith will be in touch!

Complete the form