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The Maroon Machine

The Colonels Maroon Machine is the new, larger, and inclusive version of the EKU Pep Band. The band plays at home volleyball and basketball games and other events around campus. The group travels to OVC and/or March Madness basketball tournaments to perform on a regional and national stage.

Benefits ♦ How does it work? ♦ Auditions ♦ Who can participate? ♦ QuestionsAbsence/Sub Request Form ♦


  • $500 scholarship (per year, in addition to the Marching Colonels or any other academit, merit or music scholarships)
  • Have a blast being the second most recognized group on campus (after the Marching Colonels, of course!)
  • Perform between 20 and 35 times during the season
  • Travel to the OVC tournament in March for free
  • Pizza at all double headers

How does it work?

The Colonels’ Maroon Machine is a .5 credit hour class in the fall and spring, both of which are required for participation. [MUS 250, fall CRN# 15263] The course meets across semesters, from September through March, and physically meets from 8-9 PM on Thursday evenings. You must be available during this time slot, during typical game times (Thursdays and Saturdays) AND you must be available for the tournament trip (first week in March).

Students are not required to make 100% of games, and a rotation policy is set up so students can fully participate in the class, allowing for the variability in life. Here is the full, current Maroon Machine Calendar.


Date: Thursday, September 5, 7-10pm in Foster 300
Sign up link: Calendly Signup Here
Performance Material: Hail, Hail, Eastern Maroons; Heartbreaker; and My Old Kentucky Home. These can be found by scrolling down on the page for Marching Colonel for a Day (click the link).
Rubric: You are measured on all aspects of performance and how you hype.
Instruments: Audition instruments will not be provided except a drum set. If you need help, please contact Dr. Wiggins.

Who can participate?

The Maroon Machine is open to all students enrolled in classes at EKU. 


Contact Dr. Wiggins:

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