San Francisco 
Don Marching Band

performs at 50+ campus and community events every year. With the assistance of our faculty director, eight elected student officers direct the band, coordinate performances, schedule social events, plan trips, select music, and much more. Our student-run status makes the USFDMB fun & unique, and creates a special environment for our members to gain leadership experience and make friends.

As a band member, you’ll have the chance  to spread USF spirit across our community, share in campus traditions, gain hands-on leadership experience, and meet some great people

Join the USFDMB

The USF Don Marching Band (USFDMB for short) is made up of students from all majors and walks of life. Most of us aren't music majors (a few of us are!)  We share one thing in common though: we love music!  Membership is open to all USF students, and we accept members of all skill levels and abilities. 

Want to 
learn a new instrument? We'll help you do it. Want to jam on the cowbell? We always need more cowbell... so join the band >>

Music + Fun = Us

We're busy college students, so each member decides how much they can participate in the Don Band. 

Can't make every gig? No problem, most people don't make every gig (you gotta study sometimes). 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 people who actually want to be in our Band! 

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

Join the Band
Retreat Week
August 17 - 21, 2015

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

Retreat Week registration will open in Spring 2015. 

Want to join the band during the school year? 

Retreat Week Schedule

Here's a quick glimpse at all the events 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
June 30 : Retreat registration closes 
Aug  17 : Retreat begins with early move-in
Aug  21 : Retreat ends
Aug  25 : Classes begin

The Spirit of San Francisco