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Welcome to the "Spirit of the West" Marching Band at Montana State University.

We can be seen and heard at all home football games as well as dozens of other events around campus and in our community, offering unique performances featuring lively and entertaining music, choreography, and field drill in support of the Bobcats!

The band consists of nearly 200 active MSU students, represent a nearly 20 states and over 40 different majors. The "Spirit of the West" is directed by Dr. Nathan Stark with assistant Stephen Versaevel.

Please read our statement on the COVID-19 pandemic

Band Member Testamonials

Listen to what some of our members say about what it means to be a part of the SotW


The SotW is open to ALL current MSU students with High School band experience.

Join the "Spirit of the West"

We offer a $$1500 Scholarship to All Members


Showcase of Bands

   2020 Showcase of Bands is September 26th

Montana 's Premiere Marching Band Event! This FREE marching band exhibition performance features high school bands from Bozeman, Belgrade, Kalispell, Livingston, Havre, and the MSU "Spirit of the West". See More

Bobcat Stadium  -  Free Admission -  Free Parking


SotW Band Camp


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   Band Camp

Many of our members will be coming to college for the first time this fall. Some of us will even be joining a marching band for the first time!

Our season begins with a week of rehearsals and performances which occur prior to the start of the fall semester. During this time, we log almost 50% of our total hours for the entire semester.

Camp can be a fantastic experience to come to a new place and meet new people. In just seven days, you will have 200 new friends, have been all over campus, and will have performed as a member of the "Spirit of the West."

Check out the Spirit of the West Band Camp Page for more info on what to expect and how to join!  http://www.montana.edu/music/sotw/bandcamp/

2020 Band Camp Dates have been Altered -- Click HERE to view updates

Band Day 2019

Band Day

   MSU High School "Band Day"

Montana high school musicians combine with the "Spirit of the West" to form the largest band in Montana! Join in the sights and sounds as nearly 350 players take the field at Bobcat Stadium.

More information about Band Day


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