The UTC “Marching Mocs” entertains Tennessee’s most diverse audience. Our fans and
spectators come from all walks of life and we perform shows to which each can easily
relate. The goal of the Marching Mocs is to be as entertaining as possible while providing
a solid experience in music education for future teachers. We use the most effective
methods of music and marching instruction while maintaining a comfortable atmosphere
that will allow you to excel while having fun. Though you will be learning contemporary
methods for teaching and cleaning drill, there will always be something new to work
on, and you will never be bored from doing the same show week after week.
Marching Mocs History
Artists covered since 1999 include The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Van Morrison, Motley
Crue, Metallica, No Doubt, Michael Jackson, Barry White, Stevie Wonder, Alice in Chains,
System of a Down, Kiss, OutKast, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Santana, KC and the Sunshine
Band, Parliament and Bootsy Collins, Tina Turner, and many many more.
Our Marching band is one of the most innovative non-prop-oriented programs in the
country synthesizing styles of show band, traditional band, and drum corps.
The Marching Mocs work on four primary shows. These include a patriotic show, a Band
Day show with high schools from the surrounding area, and a Homecoming show.
Freshmen have all expenses paid including travel, polos, hats, shoes, instrument and
uniform. Other Marching Mocs are paid at the following levels Sophomores $300, Juniors
$400 and Seniors $500.
A Message from the Directors
I hope that this message finds you enjoying the last few days of summer break! Please
let me take this opportunity to welcome you to campus and to the Marching Mocs!
Dr. Schafer and I are very excited to welcome all of you to the Band Hall (and field),
and to being the most visible and exciting student organization of the campus of UTC!
Many of you probably have questions leading into a new year with new leadership, but
let me assure you that we are going to have a terrific year! I have been meeting with
Athletics, Student Affairs, Alumni Coordinators, and administrators over the past
few days and everyone is very excited for the coming year. They are excited for YOU!
Though change can sometimes create thoughts of concern and apprehension, it also presents
opportunities for tremendous growth! The resounding message that has been conveyed
to me over the past week is simply this: WE WANT MORE MUSIC! Whether you know it or
not, people want to see you, and they want to hear you! We have various collaborations that we are looking forward to this year,
and there are many people who want your talents, your spirit, your presence, and your
energy to be a part of their events, and I hope you share my enthusiasm for wanting
to the there! The Marching Mocs are respected and wanted! As musicians, what more could we want?? We make people
smile, and they want us to make them smile!
So, what do I need from you? Come to Band Week and have a fantastic attitude! We have
the opportunity to be a part of a very special time in UTC history! We will have tradition.
We will have innovation. We will work. We will play. We will be fun. We will be entertaining.
During my time at UTC I have watched the marching band grow into a powerful musical
group, and I hope you will join us as we continue this growth. I happen to really
look forward to football games because of the variety of music we play and because
you never know what is going to happen next. I also look forward to outdoor rehearsals
in the fall when it is that perfect marching band weather…just a little chilly. I
love being active outside, and what better way than through music! I believe there
is no better place than band to make friends and find people just like you. I come
from a music performance background and look forward to helping you provide an exciting
experience for our audience, whoever that may be. Apparently, when I interviewed here,
I said, “I love band.” Although this is now kind of embarrassing, it is true! I hope
to see you out on the field!