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Blugold marching band

John Kopetsky

Why Support the Marching Band?

The Blugold Marching Band is one of the biggest marching bands in the Midwest, having grown from 60 to 300 members in the past 10 years. In the past 6 years, the Blugold Marching Band has taken three international performance tours and has performed at such notable venues as the Roman Coliseum, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Eiffel Tower. In 2014, the Blugold Marching Band will represent UW-Eau Claire on their tour of Southeast Asia. With the rapid increase in the size of the band and its many possibilities to represent UW-Eau Claire nationally and internationally, the band relies on private support from alumni and friends to play on!

Investing in the Blugold Marching Band

Please help support the outstanding UW-Eau Claire  Blugold Marching Band through your gift to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Your gift to help meet any of the following needs will enhance student learning experiences and provide valuable faculty resources. The amount in parentheses indicates the annual amount required to meet current obligations:

• Gifts to the Marching Band Advancement Fund to support general needs.
    Gifts of any amount are appreciated.
• Funds to purchase 23 uniform - $515 each
• Funds to purchase eight sousaphones - $3,500 each
• Funds to purchase two snare drums with carriers and cases - $477 each
• Funds to purchase two pairs of cymbals - $298 each
• Funds to purchase a set of quint toms - $900
• Funds to support travel to contest exhibitions and one Blugold away game - $5,000 


Adopt a Band Member

By “adopting” a Blugold Marching Band Member with a gift of $250 to the Blugold Marching Band Advancement Fund, you can make an important contribution to the future of this dynamic organization. Once you make a gift of $250, you will receive a picture and brief biography of the band member that you sponsored. You will also be invited to meet the BMB members at the 2014 Homecoming Game for a pregame reception. You may also consider sponsoring more than one member for $250.00 per student!

Your gift supports:
• New instruments
•  Instrument repair
• Travel expenses (transportation, hotel, etc.)
• Housing during band camp
• Color Guard Equipment (flags, rifles, etc.)
• Other immediate needs

BMB Chair Endowment

Robert and Marsha (Zuehlke) Steffen, graduates from 1968 and 1969, met while participating in the Symphonic and Blugold Marching bands. They married and have made beautiful music since! In addition to donating two beautiful displays which tell the history of the renovated Schofield Auditorium, they have created a new gift category which will help ensure the BMB continues to have important funding long into the future. The Blugold Marching Band Chair Endowment was created to build long term financial support to help with some of the items listed above, and support maintaining the best faculty and staff in the nation. Imagine the impact that could be made at the university and student level if all 300+ chairs were endowed! It is a significant investment, though a perpetual gift legacy for you and future Blugolds who may have similar experiences as Robert and Marsha. Our marching band needs your help; consider endowing your own personal BMB chair today. 

If you have questions, please contact Mark Helmke at 715-590-4023 or

For more information on other giving options, please contact Victoria Follett at 715-836-5628 or

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 “When I joined the Blugold Marching Band, I could not have asked for a better introduction to college life.  The marching band has brought me across the country and even the world. My friends that I have met in BMB are my best friends and I will keep them for life.  I would not trade my experience in the band or at UWEC for anything.”

- John Kopetsky, Political Science & Spanish


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