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Athletic Bands


Wilmington College is pleased to announce our commitment to the growth, expansion, and promotion of our newly emerging Athletic Band programs. This initiative is a result of both student interest in pursuing instrumental music activities and the College’s responsibility to continue promotion of the musical arts on our campus and in the Wilmington community.

Quaker Thunder Pep Band

The Wilmington College “Quaker Thunder” Pep Band is comprised of students and faculty from across various academic disciplines on campus. The band performs at several events throughout the academic year, including football games, basketball games, pep rallies, Homecoming events, and more! Membership is open to all students and faculty on campus that play a standard band instrument:

  • Flute/PiccoloQuaker Thunder Pep Band
  • Bb Clarinet
  • Saxophone (alto/tenor/baritone)
  • Trumpet
  • Horn/Mellophone
  • Trombone
  • Baritone/Euphonium
  • Tuba/Sousaphone
  • Bass Guitar
  • Drum Set

Many of these instruments are provided on a first come-first serve basis by Wilmington College or can be rented for the duration of the school year.

If you’re interested in joining one of the most exciting and fastest-growing student organizations on campus, please contact Stephen M. Wadsack (Pep Band Director) for more information!

Scholarship Opportunities

All students who participate in the Pep Band course [MU 138/338] and regularly participate in scheduled performances are eligible to receive a Talent Award for their contribution to the College at athletic events. Many WC students are already benefiting from this award, and currently enrolling students are eligible as well!

To indicate your interest in participating in the Athletic Bands and have the opportunity to receive this award, please fill out our Pep Band Intent to Participate Form.

Intent to Participate Form

Marching Band

We are especially delighted to announce the debut of a Marching Band program, which is scheduled to ‘take the field’ in conjunction with our 150th Anniversary as an institution of higher learning. This ensemble–the first in our school’s history–will serve as student ambassadors and representatives at various events throughout the academic year in cooperation with the other ensembles comprising our Athletic Band programs. Wilmington College is incredibly excited to offer this opportunity to our students, and we look forward to seeing how this unique group will benefit both the College and greater Wilmington community.

High School Band Visit DayQuaker Thunder

Wednesday, February 19

Join the Band at WC!

We are very excited to announce our second annual Band Visit Day event, open to all local and regional high school band students. Visiting students will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform with the Wilmington College ‘Quaker Thunder‘ during the evening’s basketball match-up against Capital University.

  • Dinner will be provided as part of an information session on Wilmington College.
  • A free t-shirt will be provided, which band participants will wear to the basketball game.
  • Music will be available for students to use in rehearsal and performance with the Quaker Thunder.

Register for HS Band Visit Day

All students will need to bring their own instrument (and any other necessary equipment) to play during rehearsal and the basketball game. Percussion students should also bring a drum carrier and appropriate sticks. Please wear long pants (jeans or equivalent is fine) and comfortable closed-toe shoes.

Questions about this event?

Please email our Director of Athletic Bands, Stephen M. Wadsack, for more information: stephen_wadsack@wilmington.edu.

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