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Become a member of the SotW


Welcome to the "Spirit of the West" Marching Band at Montana State University. We can be seen and heard at all home Bobcat football games as well as dozens of other events around campus and in our community. We are pleased to offer unique performances featuring lively and entertaining music, choreography, and field drill in support of Bobcat spirit.

We are celebrating a historic high for the marching band.With over 190 members, we are now the largest band in MSU history!


There is a whole lot of "new" happening in 2016. We have a new football coach and are anticipating the purchase of new marching band uniforms. With all of the changes going on, we thought that this would be a good time to get back to some essential Montana State University ideas. Keeping this in mind, we are pleased to announce our 2016 halftime performance in one word: GOLD! We have selected an extremely wide variety of music--from greatest hits and stretching all the way back to German mythology--to create one of the most dynamic shows of the past decade. Enjoy! 

In addition to our exciting field performance, a few lucky audience members will have the chance to win big with the Spirit of the West in our halftime Name-That-Tune competition. Details coming soon! 


Join the SotW Alumni Band at the Homecoming Parade

 Bobcat Band 1907

Who: All Interested MSU Band Alumni

Where: Meet downtown at 9:00am on Saturday of Homecoming

What: Wear ANY of your old SotW garb.

How to Join: Contact Nathan Stark at nathan.stark@montana.edu


Visit us on Facebook for photos and videos: https://www.facebook.com/msusotw

The "Spirit of the West" is directed by Dr. Nathan Stark with assistant Stephen Versaevel. Contact us at: bands@montana.edu