Marching Band Logo on WhiteThe March of the Bearcats Marching Band was founded as a student club in 2008. The band is the newest, largest and most visible performing music group on campus. The band was granted class status in 2014 and provides credit towards graduation requirements. The band performs every weekend from the start of classes through the end of November for all home football games, select away games, marching band festivals and local parades.

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MU171 Marching Band.  All members of the March of the Bearcats Marching Band must be registered for the class to participate.  Students who have reached their credit limit can take MU171 for 0.0 credits. 

A two week Band camp will being August 7, 2019 for Percussion, Guard, and Majorettes. Brass and Woodwinds will report on August 11, 2019.  Starting August 27, 2019 band will begin Tuesday and Thursday evening rehearsals plus Saturday mornings for every home football game and festival performance.

2018-2019 Audition material for each instrument can be found below, the 2019-2020 audition material will be updated in January 2019.  It it the goal to fill every spot to balance the available instrumentation, ability to play more than one instrument is helpful but not required.  

(4) Piccolo (12) Trumpet (4) Snares (16) Guard
(8) Clarinet (6) Mellophone/French Horn (2) Tenors (8) Majorette
(6) Alto Saxophone (8) Trombone (5) Bass Drums  
(4) Tenor Saxophone (4) Baritone (1) Cymbal  
  (6) Sousaphone (6) Front Ensemble  

Majorette, Guard and Percussion video audition information will be posting soon, please keep checking back. 

Please contact us through with questions and to receive your membership information pack. 

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MU175-3 Basketball Pep Band & Indoor Drumline.  All members of the March of the Bearcats Basketball Pep Band and Indoor must be registered for the class to participate.  Students who have reached their credit limit can take MU175-3 for 0.0 credits. 

At the conclusion of marching band season and starting in November the band transitions to a basketball pep band which includes Indoor Drumline and Indoor Guard.  The groups perform at all home women's and men's basket ball games, including playoffs.  Attendance is required at scheduled home games on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Because the stand music from marching band season will be used at basketball games, rehearsals are minimal for stand performances.  Indoor Drumline and Guard will have additional rehearsals to learn the 3-5 minute show.  Indoor Drumline and Guard will also travel off campus on select Saturdays to participate in local Indoor Shows.

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MU172 Concert Band.  All members of the Concert Band must be registered for the class to participate.  Students who have reached their credit limit can take MU175-3 for 0.0 credits.

In 2016 the Concert Band became a class, with the growing interest from marching band student.  The concert band's reappearance ended a 60 year absence on campus.

Concert band rehearses every Monday evening and performs three concerts a year. In the fall semester the concert band performs a Christmas Concert on Founders Day. In the spring semester the concert band also performs a Literature and Repertoire concert and Pops concert.

Members of the concert band are eligible to apply for and participate in Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band.  This yearly honors band is comprised of students attending Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities.

PAICB Participants
2017 Ryan Schwartz - Percussion
2019 Ryan Schwartz - Percussion, George Reich - Tuba

Mr. Randall Kratofil, Director of Bands
March of the Bearcats Marching Band
Concert Band
Basketball Pep Band
Indoor Drum Line

randall kratofilMarching band and the marching arts are his lifelong passion. Studying trumpet performance at Penn State he was a member of the Penn State Blue Band, where he was selected as one of 500 college students to participate in the Statue of Liberty All-American Marching Band for the rededication ceremonies for the Statue of Liberty. The following year he was selected as one of 120 brass players to participate in the We the People 200 Brass Fanfare Marching Unit in Philadelphia, and as one of 100 Trumpet players for the Pan Am Games opening ceremonies in Indianapolis.

As an undergraduate studying music education he was a member of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Legend Marching Band. His arrangement of Sandi Patty's Make His Praise Glorious was performed and recorded by the band. His image playing trumpet is used for the IUP Marching Band logo.

While working on his Masters in Trumpet Performance at Carnegie Mellon University he began teaching drum corps.

Taking additional graduate classes at West Virginia University, Randall also marched with the Pride of West Virginia Marching Band, making this the third college marching band to perform with each in three different decades.

Randall is also well versed in Drum and Bugle Corps. He is a 2010 inductee into the Pennsylvania Drum Corps Hall of Fame. He has marched with several DCA corps including Westshoremen Buccaneers, Bushwackers, and the 2002 four time consecutive DCA World Champion Syracuse Brigadiers.

Randall is founder, director, arranger, and brass instructor for G Force Drum & Bugle Corps, Inc., G Force has made appearances at SCA South as well as local parades. He also helped support the start up of Three Rivers Indoor Percussion through G Force.

Randall has taught and arranged for many high school marching bands in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

He has also served as Principal Cornet for the North Suburban Symphonic Band under the direction of Warren Mercer, Principal E-Flat Cornet for the NABBA Princeton Brass Band and the Allegheny Brass Band.

Edward F. Dunlap, Percussion Instructor
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Edward DunlapAs a freelance musician and educator, Dunlap is active in many genres of music. Currently, he performs with regional orchestras in the Pittsburgh and Cleveland areas as well as teaches a studio of percussion students. 

He earned his degrees in Percussion Performance at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, respectively. He currently serves as the Percussion Graduate Assistant at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 

Dunlap has continued his formal education abroad while researching and studying Traditional Folkloric Percussion in Havana, Cuba and in Ghana, West Africa. During his time in Ghana, he had the honor of performing for the funeral of Ghanian President John Atta Mills. 

His current and former teachers include; James Wyman, Professor Josh Ryan, Dr. Michael Kingan, Sulley Imoro and Alejandro Carbajal. 

B.M. Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music
M.A. Indiana University of Pennsylvania 

Haley Shiver, Majorette Instructor

Haley Shiver Since the age of three Haley Shiver has been actively involved in baton twirling. Competing individually, and on a team for over twenty years she has earned a long line of accolades. A former Grand National Twirling Champion, Miss Majorette of America, and several time national, state, and regional twirling champion. She has been apart of NBTA USA Twirling Team in, Holland 2006, Belgium 2009, and Switzerland 2012. Bringing home a total of three gold medals, and a silver in individual and team events. In 2011, Haley was invited to be a US Twirling Ambassadors to Peru, spending two weeks performing and raising funds for charities.

Attending The University of Mississippi in fall of 2013, Haley held the position as the Feature Twirler for the Pride of the South Marching Band for five season. Performing at the Sugar Bowl, Peach Bowl, Music City Bowl, Chick-fil-a Kickoff game, and every home game. While attending the university she studied Integrated Marketing Communications, with a minor in Business Administration.

Teaching individual students for over 13 years now, Haley has taught many regional, state, and national champion baton twirlers.