In Fall 1923, Music Department Head J. Harold Powers enlisted sixteen players and, with the assistance of Registrar and Dean of Men Charles C. Barnes, formed a new Central Normal Band to lend spirit to Football Games. From that first appearance to today, the Central Band program has continued to be integral to campus life and has grown in excellence and stature.
One of the most recognizable public faces of the University, the band is an invaluable collection of musical ambassadors for CMU comprised of students in over 100 academic programs. The Marching Chips capture the CMU spirit and evoke a sense of camaraderie and tradition through music. As we begin a year-long celebration of ONE HUNDRED YEARS of Bands at Central, we hope that you will consider commemorating this milestone by making a donation to equip and outfit the band in ways that have made students and alumni proud for nearly a century.
Every dollar makes a difference.
Help the Chippewa Marching Band!
Support a great culture of musicianship and leadership.
Allow the Chippewa Marching Band to have new opportunities.
Celebrate the Marching Band’s 100th Anniversary with a $100 gift!
Provide the opportunity for the Chippewa Marching Band to continue putting on great performances.
Make a world of difference for the Chippewa Marching Band program.