The Marching Statesmen ensemble is designed to perform modern field shows at the highest level possible. The Marching Statesmen compete at marching competitions and parades and perform at home football games. Emphasis is placed equally on musical and visual excellence. Marching band begins with daily band camp during the second half of August and continues with rehearsal and/or performance outside of school hours 5-6 times a week until November. Membership in the Marching Statesmen is co-curricular, open to all band students, and required of Wind Symphony students unless they are in a fall sport. Students not in a band class wishing to join the Marching Statesmen may be able to do so by passing an audition.