Wilkes University

Marching Colonels

Marching Band

The region’s only collegiate marching band marches in drum corps style.

The Wilkes University Marching Band is one of the most visible groups on campus, performing at home football games and other on- and off-campus events.

Students of all majors are welcome to participate in the Marching Colonels. No audition is necessary. 

Conn-Selmer LogoWilkes University welcomes Jon Gardner for his first season as director of the Marching Colonels.

Wilkes University is a Conn-Selmer School 

Marching Colonels Leadership

Drum Majors

Our Majors will serve as the on-field leadership and conductors of the Marching Colonels as they take the field for their third season in fall, 2016.

Josh Hagan | Drum Major
Junior Engineering major

Autumn Peck | First Assistant Drum Major
Senior Pharmacy major

Kristen Santey | Second Assistant Drum Major
Senior Education major

Guard Captain

Kelci Piavis | Guard Captain

Drum Line Captain

Jeff Stanford | Drum Line Captain

Woodwind Section Leaders

Lena Campisi | Saxophone Section Leader

Courtney McMonagle | Clarinet and Flute Section Leader

Brass Section Leaders

Rebecca Voorhees | High Brass Section Leader

Kristin Santey | Low Brass Section Leader

Marching Band Students Performing2016 Halftime Show

2016 Halftime show music:

  1. In the Stone by Earth, Wind & Fire
  2. Creep by Radiohead
  3. Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen
  4. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
  5. Confident by Demi Lovato

2016 Performance Dates

Wilkes University Marching Colonels Tentative Performance Schedule:

Date Event/Opponent Time Site
August 18 - 25 Band Camp All Day Wilkes U Campus
September 2 Muhlenberg 7 p.m. Home
September 17 Misericordia 1 p.m. Home
September 25 Collegiate Band Fest All Day Allentown
October 1 FDU Homecoming 1 p.m. Home
October 8 Patriot Invitational (Exhibition performance) 6 p.m.   Pittston H.S.
October 22 Albright 1 p.m. Home
October 29 Lycoming 1 p.m. Home
November 5 ACC Championship (Exhibition performance) Evening Harrisburg 
November 5 Stevenson 1 p.m. Away
November 10 Veteran's Brunch 11:00-1:00 Ballroom
November 12 King's 12 p.m. Home
November 19 Wilkes-Barre Christmas Parade TBA TBA
November 27 Marching Band Banquet 7 p.m. Ballroom
December Combined Marching Band & Civic Band Concert TBA TBA

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For more information on the Marching Colonels, please feel free to contact: 

Dr. Philip G. Simon
Director of Bands
(570) 408-4437

Jon Gardner
Marching Band Director