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Pride of Dayton Marching Band


Since 1905, we have entertained fans at football games, band festivals and parades across Ohio.


Over 150 students come from a wide variety of majors represent more than 15 states across the country.

Regional Pride

Students from the University of Dayton, Wright State University and Sinclair Community College unite.

The Pride of Dayton Marching Band is a show band from the University of Dayton, recognized for our energetic parade dances and powerful halftime performances. Affectionately known as “POD” to members, we are a reflection of our Catholic, Marianist values. Whether it be through performance, citizenship or service, Pride of Dayton takes seriously its leadership role on campus to serve the common good. Whether it’s hot or cold, rain or shine, It’s always a great day to be a Flyer.

We're Going to Dublin!
Fine and Performing Arts 02.03.20
Pride of Dayton Marching Band to perform in 2021 St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin, Ireland

University of Dayton junior Emily Kramer has never flown on an airplane or traveled outside the U.S. That will all change in March 2021 when the Pride of Dayton Marching Band performs in the official St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin, Ireland. Kramer, a drum major, will lead the band past thousands of spectators through Dublin’s historic city center.

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Benefits of Membership
  • Performance for large audiences at football games, festivals, and community events.
  • Family: build relationships and be a part of one of UD’s largest organizations - GET INVOLVED!
  • Early Move-In to your dorm for the year in the fall during band camp
  • Pride: POD is one of UD’s most respected student organizations
  • Rehearsals: Monday, Wednesday and Friday for and hour and a half from mid-August to early November. Easy and fun commitment.
  • Course Credit: Course Credit for all UD, Sinclair, and Wright State students!
  • Cost: Very little! Your secondary Nike brand Secondary Uniform is yours to keep with a one-time purchase for new members; 40% off retail.

Halftime Performance

Enjoy this presentation of the halftime performance of Saturday, October 24, 2020.

Halftime Performance

Enjoy this presentation of the halftime performance of Saturday, October 24, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. You do not have to be a music major to join the Pride of Dayton. In fact, only 12% of the band members last year were music majors. Membership of the band consists of majors in Engineering, Business, Education, Science, and many other disciplines across campus including Music. The Pride of Dayton is proud to be one of the most diverse organizations at the University of Dayton.

College marching band is a great way to get settled at your new home at college. It not only allows you to experience living on campus a week earlier than everyone else, it also allows you to make friends from other majors from all over the world!

The band rehearses three times a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:05 to 6:35 p.m. and on Fridays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The band also has a gameday rehearsal on Saturdays before home football games.

Band Camp 2019 will be held on the University of Dayton campus from August 10 to 16.

We are proud of the members of The Pride of Dayton, both for their performance on the field and in the classroom. Our students have an outstanding academic record and we have had representation of nearly every field of student offered at the University of Dayton.

It’s easy. Just complete these two steps:

  1. Register for Band Camp.
  2. Tell your Advisor that you want to register for Marching Band (MUS 390 03) when you schedule your classes.

There are no auditions, but there will be a hearing at band camp to determine part assignments. Wright State/Sinclair students, please contact Kenneth Will for information on how you can participate in marching band at the University of Dayton.


  • School songs include “Loyalty,” “Dayton Anthem (Alma Mater),” and “Go Dayton Flyers” 
  • Our standards are “Neck,” “In the Stone,” “Hey Baby”
  • Parade dances include “The Funk March,” "The Sneak” Flying “D" Formation
  • POD Families
  • Drum Circle
  • Singing the Alma Mater after Rehearsals/Performances

Read our Summer 2019 newsletter now (pdf). 

The next newsletter will be posted in summer 2021.


Pride of Dayton

Fitz Hall, Room 475
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2946

Sign up

Complete the Band Camp registration below and tell your advisor that you want to register for MUS 390 03 when scheduling your classes.

Register for Band Camp