Blazin' Brigade

Blazin' BrigadeWelcome to the Valdosta State University Blazin’ Brigade! Since 1983, the Blazin’ Brigade has provided entertaining shows for students, fans, and alumni of our university’s athletic programs. Comprised of woodwinds, brass, percussion, dancers, color guard members, and a feature twirler, the Blazin' Brigade is one of the largest and most spirited organizations on campus. There is a place for everyone! Members represent a variety of majors on campus and hail from several different states. The band performs for every home football game and at select away football games each season. The Blazin’ Brigade also performs annually as an exhibition band in local high school marching competitions.

The Basketball Pep-Band is an extension of the Blazin’ Brigade and performs for all men’s and women’s home basketball games.

For more information contact 

Ms. Tonya P. Mitchell
Director of Athletic Bands
Assistant Professor of Music

Winds: No audition is required for woodwind and brass players with high school experience. VSU will provide mellophones, marching baritones, sousaphones, percussion instruments, and some piccolos. Flute players are encouraged to play piccolo. All other students must provide their own instrument.

Percussion: The VSU drumline consists of snares, tenors, basses, cymbals, and mallet/pit percussion. Drumline members audition for instrument assignment during a weekend camp / audition during the late Spring or early Summer.  Percussionists will receive a packet of warm-ups and audition material for this camp.

Auxiliaries: The color guard, Danceline, and feature twirlers perform as an integral part of the marching band. These units are a major contributor to the visual success of the Blazin' Brigade. Membership into these groups is by audition only. Color guard and danceline auditions will be held during a weekend camp / audition in the late Spring or early Summer.  Anyone interested in being a feature twirler must submit a videotaped pre-audition; finalists will be invited to an on-campus audition (if necessary).

*The Blazette Danceline performs in an American College/University Jazz Dance style.

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