Viking Band

Viking Band: Western Washington University - logo with viking mascot


The Western Washington University Viking Band is a large pep band consisting of both music majors and non-music majors. The Viking Band plays at all home WWU Volleyball, WWU Men's and Women's Basketball Games at Carver Gym, creating an energetic and positive environment for students and fans by supporting our teams with high-energy music and loud cheering. For more information, contact Paul Bain or Caty Cook

Who can be a part of the Viking Band?

All students of WWU are able to join the Viking Band! The Viking Band is not exclusive to students majoring in music but is open to students of any major/minor. Drumline members will be expected to complete a short audition at the start of the academic year. There is no audition for brass or woodwinds. Simply register on the form below!

What is the time commitment to be a part of the Viking Band?

Most Volleyball, and Basketball home games occur on Thursdays and Saturdays beginning in the Fall quarter and lasting through February. In addition, the Viking Band performs at various events around campus such as Compass2Campus, Western Preview, and Relay for Life. These events are listed as soon as possible.

All Viking Band members are required to attend our Minicamp the Saturday prior to the beginning of Fall Quarter, September 30, 2023. The minicamp is our chance to get together to rehearse our music and meet other band members.

Minicamp schedule

September 30, 2023

  • 9:00 am - introductions and information
  • 9:30 am - rehearsal
  • noon - lunch (provided)
  • 1:00 pm - sectionals
  • 2:30 pm - full rehearsal
  • 5:00 pm - done

Regular rehearsals

The Viking Band meets for rehearsal most Tuesday evenings during Fall quarter from 7-8 PM. Rehearsals often do not happen on the weeks on which games occur.

What is the cost for Viking Band Members?

All Viking Band members pay a $20 fee at the start of the school year.

Are instruments provided?

The following instruments can be provided by WWU: Baritone Saxophone, Mellophone, Baritone/Euphonium, Sousaphone, All Drumline. Other instruments may be available. If you are in need of an instrument not on the list above, email the Instrument Library.

Drumline Auditions

In order to properly place everyone on the drumline, percussion members are required to perform a brief audition. New materials and information will be available over the summer and will be sent to percussionists that register below.

Three drummers wearing blue baseball caps

Looking for more information?

If you have any questions, we're happy to find you an answer. Call the Music Department Office 360-650-3130, or view the directory of faculty and staff.