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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.

  • History

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

  • Diversity

    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.

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Band Camp

We invite students of all majors to register for the Pride of Dayton Band Camp. Click on the link below to register for the 2023 season.

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.
  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. You do not have to be a music major to join the Pride of Dayton. In fact, most of the band members are not 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 is the week before Fall semester classes begin each year.

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
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Pride of Dayton

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

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

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