About the "Pride of Mid-America"
Since the founding of Ball State University in 1918, the "Pride of Mid-America" Marching Band has entertained thousands of fans with exciting performances that have made the band one of the great college bands in the country. That tradition of excellence thrives today as "The Pride" continues its pursuit of the highest levels of visual and musical performance as it "takes the field" at Scheumann Stadium in Muncie, Indiana and several venues throughout the country.
At a school the size of the Ball State, it is important for new students to find their place within the college community. As a member of the "Pride of Mid-America", you will be surrounded by friends before classes even begin. This "family" will provide a valuable support system throughout your college career, helping you adjust to life in Muncie and create life-long friendships. You will have instant study partners, as members of the Ball State Marching Band represent almost every academic unit at the University.
Memorable experiences of the "Pride of Mid-America" Marching Band include...
GMAC Bowl (09), International Bowl (08), Las Vegas Bowl (93 & 95), California Raisin Bowl (89), Rice Bowl (65 & 67)
Appearances for the Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals, Chicago Bears, and Buffalo Bills. The band also performed at the 1967 NFL Western Conference Championship Game.
The band performed in the 1965 Presidential Inaugural Parade for President Lyndon Baines Johnson. The band has also performed for Presidents Richard M. Nixon and George H.W. Bush.
During Ball State's 2008 football season, during which the Cardinals went undefeated during the regular season, the "Pride of Mid-America" appeared on "Late Night with David Letterman". Letterman is an alumnus of Ball State.