The Spirit of San Francisco

Founded in 2009, the San Francisco Don Marching Band annually performs at 50+ campus and community events. The Band serves to promote and represent the University of San Francisco. With the assistance of our faculty director, eight elected student officers lead our 45 member band, directing music, managing the band's activities, and much more. Our student-led approach makes us a fun and relaxed ensemble. We strive to create an environment where our members can be themselves, explore, improve musically, gain leadership experience, and socialize.

Members have the chance to spread USF spirit across our community, share in rich campus traditions, develop leadership skills, and meet some great peopleStudents of all skill levels are invited to join us at any time. 
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Join the USFDMB

The University of San Francisco Don Marching Band (or USFDMB) is made up of students from various majors and walks of life. Most of us aren't music majors, though a few of us are. 

We share one thing in common: a love of music.
Membership is open to all USF students, and we accept members of all skill levels and abilities who are interested in participating. Want to learn a new instrument? We'll help you do it. Want to jam on the cowbell? We always need more cowbell. 

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Music + Fun = USFDMB

We're busy college students, so our members decides how much they can participate in the Don Band. Can't make every gig? No problem, most people don't make every gig (we gotta study sometime). Want to show up at every gig, game, and flashmob? Awesome. Members can join as volunteers, or they can register to receive course credit. 

We Are Student Led & Faculty Assisted

The USFDMB is a registered, student-led organization at USF. We have a formal constitution, faculty director, and
eight elected student leaders. Our membership is made up of passionate people who want to be in our Band! 

Our fun and energetic style includes our awesome informal uniform, which consists of blue jeans, white shirt, and green 'GoDons' vest. Members adorn their vests with pins, patches, and mementos from trips, performances, and adventures.  

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Retreat Week
August 17 - 21, 2015

Retreat Week is 5-days of music, fun, and new friends, one week before fall semester begins. It’s a great opportunity to move-in to your residence hall early, meet new people, and learn all about the USF Band! All returning and new band members will be in attendance. 
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Please Note
Retreat Week registration opens in May 2015. 

Want to join the band during the school year? 
Have questions? 
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Retreat Week Schedule

Here's a look at the events we schedule during Retreat. Times and locations are subject to change.


9 AM - Move-in Begins
2:30 PM 
Welcome Reception
7:30 PM - 
Section Meetings
9 PM - Movie Night

9 AM - Announcements
10 AM - Sectional 1  
12 PM - Lunch
2 PM - Music Rehearsal
4 PM - Campus Tour
5:30 PM - Dinner & Slideshow
9 PM - Team Activity 1

9 AM - Marching Tutorial
11:30 - Lunch
12:45 - Team Stations
2 PM - Music Rehearsal 2
4:30 PM - Bus Adventure
6 PM - Dinner
7 PM - Team Activity 2

9 AM - Music Rehearsal 3
11:30 - Lunch
1:15 PM - "Trads"
2:30 - Sectional #2
5 PM - Dinner
6:15 PM - Photo Shoot
9 PM - Team Activity 3


9 AM - Sectional 3
11 - Section Lunch
1 PM - Sectional #4
3:15 PM - Section Performances
5 PM - End of Retreat Social

Important Dates - Fall 2015

May 1st, 2015 : Retreat registration opens.
June 30, 2015 
: Retreat registration closes 
Aug  17, 2015 : Retreat begins with early move-in
Aug  21, 2015 : Retreat ends
Aug  25
, 2015 : Classes begin