Office of University Bands
168 Moores School of Music
The "Spirit of Houston" Cougar Marching Band
The "Spirit of Houston" Cougar Marching Band is the largest spirit organization on campus. The Cougar Band is known for its die-hard support of the Cougars on and off the field. The band can be seen at all home football games and several other events across campus and around the country. The "Spirit of Houston" is the center of game day enthusiasm at Robertson Stadium.
Marching band rehearsals are scheduled to allow all interested students to participate without conflicting with many classes. Rehearsals are scheduled on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. and Fridays from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. A standard week's rehearsals has the brass and percussion members rehearsing on Monday, the woodwinds, color guard, and dance team rehearsing on Wednesday, and the full band rehearsing on Friday and on Saturday (when there is a home football game). The band performs a wide variety of musical styles and energetic shows. A full calendar of the band's rehearsal and performance schedule is provided at the beginning of the fall semester.
In addition to the instrumentalists, the Cougar Marching Band has other components: the Cougar Dancers, Cougar Color Guard, the Feature Twirler(s) and the University of Houston Cougar Cheer Teams.
Membership in the "Spirit of Houston" is open to any university student, regardless of major, with high school band experience. Auditions are held on the first day of summer rehearsals in the weeks before the first day of classes. Scholarships and grants are available through the Band Department.