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.


MSU Marching Band

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

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Membership Experience: Colorguard

Watch our Bobocat Pregame Show

Showcase of Bands

Montana's PremiereMarching Band Event!

High School Band Day

Open to all Montana High School Band Students!

Follow the Band




Meet our Student Leaders

Our student leaders help teach, organize, and conduct the SotW

SotW Band Camp

Our preseason camp is required for all members

Member Scholarships

1st year = $1500
2nd year = $2000
3rd year = $2000
4th year = $2500
Total for 4 years = $8000
(band scholarships are offered as tuition reduction. See more)
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