The Albion College Marching Band, nicknamed "The British Eighth," performs at all home football games as well as other events including community parades, pep rallies, and periodic events in and around the state. Rehearsals during the fall semester take place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings, as well as game-day Saturday mornings. The British Eighth performs a traditionally "British" pregame and two different halftime shows throughout the season. Recent show themes have included Wicked, Funk, Monty Python, The Beatles, and James Bond.
The British Eighth is open to all students regardless of major. Interested students should sign up for marching band online. In addition, students are asked to add marching band for .25-units of credit during Fall scheduling (or audit). Auditions are held at the start of Preseason Camp for all woodwind and brass players. Color guard and drumline auditions for positions in each occur on the first day of Pre-Camp. Preseason Camp is always held the week prior to the start of the Fall semester.
2020 Preseason Camp, for color guard and drum line, is tentatively scheduled from Monday, August 10 through Wednesday, August 12. Full camp for everyone is tentatively scheduled from Wednesday, August 12 through Tuesday, August 18. More detailed information will be emailed over the summer as plans become finalized. Interested musicians should complete the marching band sign-up form no later than July 1 to guarantee a spot.
Rehearsal Days and Times:
Monday and Friday: 5:00-6:30pm