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Panther Band

Panther Band is the official UWM pep band, and we perform at all home Men's and Women's basketball games. Panther Band members are paid for each performance and are admitted with Panther Band to all of the basketball games for FREE! It's a great way to show your school spirit, GET PAID for playing fun music, and enjoy some exciting Div. 1 collegiate athletics!  

To belong to Panther Band, students must: 

  1. Also be enrolled in a Music Dept. Large Ensemble like University Band, University Choir, Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Band, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, etc. (this requirement is waived after 2 years of Panther Band membership).
  2. Participate in a few Panther Band rehearsals before and during the course of the basketball season.
  3. Pass a brief audition at the beginning of the season on one of the Panther Band instruments: SAXOPHONE (Alto, Tenor, or Bari), TRUMPET, HORN, TROMBONE, EUPHONIUM/BARITONE, or TUBA (no flutes, clarinets, or "drumline" percussion are used).
  4. RHYTHM SECTION PLAYERS (Drum-set and Electric Bass) are auditioned individually by Mr. Mark Norman. Contact him if you are interested in performing on these instruments (


  1. Beginning of the Fall semester - Take care of your ensemble participation requirement (see #1 above) by registering for Music Dept. Large Performing Ensemble.

  2. Mid-September – Home Basketball schedules released. Keep an eye on for exact home games dates!

    End of September – Panther Band audition sign-ups begin, and audition material/requirements are released. 

    Beginning of October – Panther Band Auditions  

    Mid-October – Approximately 3 organizational meetings and rehearsals

    November through March (including games played over Winter & Spring Breaks!!) – BASKETBALL SEASON!!

    POST-SEASON: The most musical and reliable students will be selected for post-season travel in March.

We hope you will join us this season. You may contact either of us directors with questions or for more information  

Go Panthers! Rawr!