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Pride AND Performance

The new documentary "Pride AND Performance" follows first-year students Eduardo Rafael Leoncio do Nascimento, a cymbalist, Briar Swann, a baton twirler, and Ben Mackie, a mellophonist, through their first year as members of the Blugold Marching Band, one of the most active bands in the Upper Midwest.

The students' first-year journey is narrated by band director Randal Dickerson and the band's senior drum majors Nick Hansberry, Kara Metzger and David Lofy. The story follows the three freshmen from band camp to their first on-field performance at Homecoming and to the annual BMB showcase performance at Chippewa Falls High School. It illustrates the commitment and creativity that made the BMB a national leader.

The huge success of the Blugold Marching Band, as well as the production of the "Pride AND Performance" documentary, are made possible by the generous support of donors to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.

BMB at 2014 Homecoming

Invest in the Blugold Marching Band

Your gift in support of the Blugold Marching Band will help the band fulfill its commitment to excellence every time they take the field. As the band continues to grow, so do its expenses. The BMB relies on support from alumni and fans to continue marching from year to year. Gifts to the BMB provide support for new instruments, instrument repair, updated uniforms, travel to performances and exhibitions and much more. Below are some specific needs that the BMB has for the 2017-18 season:

  • 4 new marching baritones ($2,000 each)
  • 1 new set of tenor drums ($4,000 total)
  • 150 new marching uniforms to complete the set

Thank you for considering a gift to benefit the Blugold Marching Band. For more information, contact Gretchen Peters, music and theatre arts department chair, at or 715-836-4102.

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John Kopetsky

Adopt a Band Member

You can "adopt" a band member with a gift of $250 to the Blugold Marching Band Advancement Fund. You can choose a specific band member if you would like. With your gift, you will receive a picture of the section of the band that he or she belongs to and 2 complimentary tickets to the Homecoming game on September 30. If making a gift online, please indicate in the comments that you would like to sponsor a band member!

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

If you have questions about "adopting" a band member, please contact Tori Follett at 715-836-5628 or

For more information on other giving options, please contact the UW-Eau Claire Foundation at 877-625-2473 or