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Marching Colonel for a Day

EKU's Marching Colonel for a Day program provides high school students the opportunity to perform with the Marching Colonels on Hanger Field at Roy Kidd Stadium during a home football game. This event is free and open to all high school marching band members.

November 16, 2019

Registration   ♦  Participation Information  ♦  Music/Choreography  ♦  Schedule of Events   ♦   Parking Map

Schedule of Events (tentative)

8:00-8:30 – Registration
8:30 – Welcome meeting (MC's on field)
8:45 – Begin setting halftime block (perc and guard to sectionals)
9:15 – Winds Rehearsal with HS students
9:30 - Break
9:45 - Full Ensemble Rehearsal
10:10 - Wrap-up Announcements
10:15 - Walk to Baseball Stadium
10:30 - Baseball Stadium: Set parade block, Perform: Hail, Hail,
10:45 - Colonel Walk: Parade through Tailgate
11:00 - Tailgate food with the Marching Colonels
12:00 - Student Tailgate Performance: Pregame, Hey Baby, Halftime
12:30 – Arrive at Roy Kidd & move into stands
12:40 - MC's (set for pregame)
12:45 - MC's Pregame
1:05 - Kickoff
2:30 - Approximate Halftime
4:30 - Approximate end of game 

Time of Arrival/Registration

All participants should plan to arrive on the Eastern Kentucky University campus approximately around 8:00am EST, Saturday, November 16, 2019 to check-in and prepare for rehearsal. Check in for all participants will take place in the Campus Rec Lot north of Roy Kidd Stadium. THIS IS A CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS YEARS. If you have registered and cannot participate for some reason, please contact us so that we may adjust our numbers for food orders. 


Lunch will be served on campus and will be available to you at no cost. Non-participants and observers will be responsible for their own meals. A meal will be provided after halftime as well.

Articles to be furnished by the participants

Brass and woodwinds should bring your school band uniform, instrument, music, lyre, and flip folder to hold your music.

Percussionists should bring your school band uniform, your instrument, sticks. *Note: We do not use pit percussion. If you are a pit percussionist, please bring a marching percussion instrument.

Colorguard should bring your uniform, flags and poles


If for some reason, you cannot bring your high school band uniform, don't worry, just wear some spirit gear to represent your school!

The temperature for MCfaD can be very cold, or sometimes very pleasant. Please be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. Wear layers, long sleeves, bring a jacket, long johns, leggings, etc. Bring a hat, scarf, gloves. Primarily, you need to be comfortable so you can have fun with us!

You can bring a water bottle, hand warmers, and some snacks (although we will feed you 2 different meals!)


The half-time program will include songs for our Veteran's Day Tribute show, (along with some traditional songs, such as Hail, Hail; and Yea! Eastern). Please download from the music link above and prepare all of these pieces prior to arrival, so we may perform at our highest level. Also, we ask that students download and prepare Hey! Baby!, Defensive Cheers, and Shorties.


Thank you for loaning us your students for the weekend! We will have complimentary tickets for you to attend the game. If you will have more than one director attending, please let me know. My email address is posted below.

Visitors and Parents

We welcome parents and friends to attend this event. You may pick up two complimentary tickets to the game for your parents Saturday during registration. Additional tickets may be purchased at the ticket box office, by telephone at 859-622-2122, or online at

If you have any other questions, contact Dr. Wiggins at

We look forward to seeing you in November!

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