Concordia University Ann Arbor is striking up a new band this summer that will have its musicians marching to the beat of a new drum starting fall 2017.

Concordia’s marching band, named the Cardinal Regiment, will perform during halftime of the Concordia Cardinals football home games in tandem with the musical entertainment already provided by CUAA’s pep band throughout the game.

Click here for a complete list of Cardinal Regiment performance dates by way of the Concordia Cardinals football schedule.

“Students in the Cardinal Regiment will not only be getting in some fabulous exercise, but they also get to be part of an inspired team let by the finest music educators and dedicated leaders around,” said Dean of Arts and Sciences Dr. Robert McCormick.

Incoming students can audition for a marching and pep band scholarship of $2,000, and current students with marching or color guard experience are also welcome to join.

Practices will take place from 7:40 a.m.–8:55 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday mornings throughout the football season. Time commitment also includes an annual pre-season band camp for at least a week each August to prepare for the marching season.

“We have an excellent staff in place to work with the drumline and color guard, as well as leading the marching, maneuvering, and music,” said Dr. Bill Perrine, assistant professor of music and director of instrumental activities. “The students are tremendously energized for the marching season to begin, and I’m looking forward to seeing this program grow and become an incredible visible, exciting student organization.”

In addition to the marching and pep bands, the CUAA music department offers many musical ensembles for students, including brass, guitar, jazz, strings, percussion, and wind ensembles.

Learn more about CUAA’s music department.

— Rachel Thoms served on Concordia University's Strategic Communications team from 2015-2022. Any inquiries about this story can be sent to

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