Origins of Marching Mizzou

     Researching the origins of Marching Mizzou I found some good background information on the band. The band was first founded in 1885, not long after the university, with 12 members. Marching Mizzou today currently has 250-300 members depending on the year. Marching originated as a military-style band. They first performed at a football game against Kansas one season and were asked to return due to their instant popularity with Mizzou fans. The band more than double in size the following year and continued to grow as it became a staple of the university. The band had drawn its members from Mizzou’s old Corps of Cadets program until 1930 when the Cadet program fizzled out and membership was open to every student.

     The Golden Girls had originated from a troupe of baton twirlers. Marching Mizzou’s director wanted something visually to go along with the band. In 1968, the twirlers threw their batons up in the air and then started to dance, never catching their batons again. Since then, they have been known as the Golden Girls. The Golden Girls have been selected to a few national championship since their inception and even hold a national championship title.

     Although not officially affiliated with Marching Mizzou, it’s members comprise three smaller bands that play at the university’s more popular sports besides football. These pep bands  are Point Mizzou for volleyball, Mini Mizzou for men’s basketball, and 3-Point Play for women’s basketball. They serve the same function of Marching Mizzou but with smaller bands. The pep bands consists of approximately 30 members and utilize a drum set and an electric guitar. Just like Marching Mizzou at football games, the smaller pep bands pump up the fans and cheer on the team to victory.

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