Castleton Spartan Athletic Bands is a one-of-a-kind experience in Vermont. We perform at athletic events, community celebrations, and area parades. Members of our program come from diverse performing backgrounds. We cater to members with all kinds of experience from those who were section leaders in their high school program to students who have never played an instrument before. In fact, 40 percent of our ensemble has never participated in a marching band before Castleton.
All of our ensembles are offered for credit, which means you can make an impact in the community while completing your degree.
Rehearsals for all Athletic Bands are every Wednesday and Friday from 4 pm to 7 pm.
The Spartan Marching Band
Founded in 2009, the Spartan Marching Band is Vermont’s premier marching ensemble. Our membership includes students from all majors across campus. Students move into the school in early August where they spend a week rehearsing and learning a full halftime show. Each year the show is custom created for our current members. This allows the Spartan Band to create a unique field show that directly revolves around your talents.
The Spartan Band performs at all home football games, countless community events, and parades across the Vermont area. The band is a host to an annual Band Day that brings hundreds of local music students to Castleton to participate in a home football game atmosphere.
The Spartan Spirit Band
The Spartan Spirit Band is the heart and soul of Castleton’s community. Members of this ensemble are passionate, energetic and love to be involved in supporting their peers. Membership is a mix of students who play instruments and students who cheer for their classmates. There is no experience necessary, we will teach you everything you need to know.
The Spirit Band performs at all men's and women's home hockey games where they cheer on their peers to victory. You may also see the Spirit Band performing at an open house, registration days and other Castleton events.
The Spartan Color Guard
Castleton’s Color Guard is the only program of its kind in Vermont. The Spartan Guard is meant for all levels of ability. Students' skill level ranges from competitive marching band performers to students who have never spun before. Experienced dancers, performers, and actors will feel at home working with our talented instructors. Students who want to try a new activity, build a skill or just be apart of a team will find a nurturing atmosphere with friendly faces.
The Spartan Guard performs at all home football games, countless community events, and parades across the Vermont area. The Spartan Guard members also perform in Castleton performing arts showcases and other events throughout the year.
The Spartan Drumline
Castleton’s Drumline is a modern college percussion ensemble. The Spartan Drumline is meant for all levels of ability. Before joining, many students in the ensemble have little to no traditional drumline experience. During the fall there is a mix of stationary and marching percussionists that make up our drumline. Instrumentation of this group is a mix of traditional marching percussion and non-traditional instruments. Musicians with piano, drum set, bass, and guitar experience are encouraged to join.
Fall opportunities include performances at local community events, parades, and all home football games. In the winter the ensemble performs at all men's and women's hockey games and other select sporting events.