Marching Band

The Carroll University Marching Band—“The Pride of the Pioneers”—is the most recent addition to the performing ensembles of the music department. The marching band promotes school spirit and fosters a sense of the history and tradition of the university among students, faculty, staff and the community.

Performances

Football

Performing at every home football game, The Pride of the Pioneers bring spirit, tradition and celebration to the field of Schneider Stadium. Fans look forward to the band’s pre-game “march over” to the field, signaling that competition is ready to begin. This anticipated event begins when the band gathers on the Main Lawn medallion in front of historic Main Hall. The Pride of the Pioneers keeps Pioneer fans cheering with a themed half-time show, and provides music during time outs and post-game as spectators exit the stadium.

Parades

The Pride of the Pioneers is available to march in area parades in addition to its performances on the field. In its inaugural year, the band has performed in the Carroll University Homecoming Parade and the Waukesha Christmas Parade. Future plans include performing at even more campus and community events.

Marching band performing during homecoming parade
Marching band performing during homecoming parade
Marching band performing during homecoming parade
Marching band performing during homecoming parade
Marching band performing during homecoming parade

Joining the Pride of the Pioneers

Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion

The Pride of the Pioneers welcomes musicians of all ability levels. However, an audition is required so that we can learn more about your skills, properly place you for musical parts and provide you with the support you need to be successful as a member of the marching band. If you play multiple instruments, we’re open to discuss which instrument might work best both for you and for the needs of the band.  

Color Guard

No audition is necessary! Whether you have experience in color guard or you’ve always wanted to participate but never had an opportunity, our color guard staff is ready to work with you. We’re looking for members who have enthusiasm, a willingness to work hard and a positive attitude to represent the Pioneer spirit alongside our marching band. 

Expectations and Participation Requirements

Band Camp: Band Camp takes place the week before school starts, typically the week before Labor Day weekend. 

Classroom: As a member of the marching band program, it’s important for all members to recognize that group effort and cooperation are necessary for a successful program. All Pride of the Pioneers members are required to participate in a one-credit, marching band class that meets twice weekly during the fall semester. This course provides enriching and diverse instrumental music education, and an opportunity for members to grow broadly as musicians, and more specifically in the technical mastery of their instrument. This class also includes a number of performance opportunities in a variety of settings.

Performances: The Pride of the Pioneers perform at all home football games, the Carroll University homecoming parade and various other campus and community events throughout the fall semester. These performances are part of the marching band class expectation and grade.

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Marching Band Scholarships

Scholarships are available for incoming freshmen who join the Pride of the Pioneers. To be eligible, recipients must participate in marching band during the fall semester and wind ensemble during the spring semester. Auditions for scholarships occur during the spring semester, typically on campus during our spring orientation day. More details coming next semester. 

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Band Directors and Leadership

Brett Keating, Carroll University

Brett Keating, Director of Athletic Bands

bkeating@carrollu.edu | 262.951.3324

As a native of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Brett is thrilled to be moving back home to join the notable faculty and staff at Carroll University. He is excited to take on his new role and work with the outstanding students at Carroll to create new traditions at Wisconsin’s first four-year institution of higher education.

As a performer Brett has been recognized at national and international competitions including: The Fischoff International & Plowman Chamber Music Competitions, Swiss National and North American Brass Band Championships. As both a euphoniumist and trombonist, he has appeared as a featured soloist with orchestra, brass bands, and wind bands in the U.S and Europe including Switzerland, Italy, Germany, and the UK. Recently Brett was a fellow at the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy. This past year Brett has enjoyed performing as euphoniumist with Fountain City Brass Band, a highlight of which includes winning the North American Brass Band Championships.

Prior to his appointment at Carroll, Brett served on the Athletic Band Staff at the University of Kansas. Complementary to his duties with the Marching Jayhawks, Brett also directed the KU Volleyball Band. At KU Brett held simultaneous Graduate Teaching Assistantships with the wind conducting and the tuba/euphonium studios while earning his DMA in tuba/euphonium performance, MM in wind band conducting, and a cognate in electro-acoustic composition. In addition, Brett holds an M.M. in performance and interpretation of classical music from the Hochschule Luzern-Musik, where he lived in beautiful Lucerne, Switzerland for three years. At the University of Wisconsin, Brett earned an Artist’s Certificate as well as a B.A. in performance. When not pursuing music, Brett can be found hiking with his partner Antonella and pup Meeko.

Stephen Lange, Carroll University faculty

Stephen J. Lange, Percussion Coordinator

slange@carrollu.edu262.951.3179

Stephen J. Lange is the percussion coordinator for the Pride of the Pioneers and is a professor at Carroll University in the mathematics department. He holds a bachelor’s degree from UW-Whitewater in quantitative geography and degrees in math and teaching from Cardinal Stritch University. 

Lange marched with the percussion section in the Warhawk Marching Band at UW-Whitewater and with Capital Sound Drum and Bugle Corps for three seasons. He taught percussion at Lighthouse Brigade for five seasons and has taught and written for various high school drumlines in the region for more than 13 years. 

Sondra Erwin

Sondra Erwin ‘16 coaches the Carroll University Color Guard. She served as a member of Eisenhower High School’s Color Guard for three years and has more than 14 years of dance experience. Erwin graduated with honors from Carroll University in 2016 with a B.S. in psychology and English. While at Carroll, she was a member of The New Perspective, Q&A, LASO and PSI CHI.

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