Pep Band


Knight Nation Pep Band is a music ensemble that performs regularly at men’s and women’s basketball games. This group is all about playing fun music well, supporting our athletic teams, and making lasting friendships. Pep Band is open to any Calvin student with previous band experience. Our ensemble includes flutes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, horns, trombones, baritones, tubas, drum set, and electric bass.

Participating students are either selected as a “core” member or participate as a “general” member. “Core” members comprise a small group of musicians within Pep Band, limited to a set instrumentation. These players are determined by auditions that include a short, prepared piece and sight-reading. “Core” members make the commitment to attend EVERY event on the schedule. “General” membership is then extended to all other Pep Band musicians. These members are invited to attend as many rehearsals and games as possible throughout the season.

Currently, Pep Band has a payment system in place. “Core” members automatically earn $10 for each game. “General” members earn money through the Pep Band Points system. By attending events, “general” members rack up points (5 points for each rehearsal, 10 points for each game). Once “general” members have reached a total of 100 points, they can start collecting cash. With Pep Band Points, the money earned equals half the number of points earned (100 points=$50).



Scheduling (for upperclass students)

Please contact Dr. Engle to schedule an audition time.


Please have a prepared piece: solo (sonata, concerto, etc.) and/or etudes. The piece must reflect contrasting music.


Please read the band audition procedure and contact conductor Dr. Engle if you have any questions.

Audition schedule

Click here to download the Bands Audition Schedule