Marching Mizzou, also known as the "Big 'M' of the Midwest," is the most visible ensemble in the School of Music and is the largest student organization on campus. Marching Mizzou is comprised of over 300 students from nearly every major within the University. This time-honored organization combines "Tiger" pride, quality musicianship, unrivaled dedication and over 110 years of tradition to create their nationally renowned gridiron excitement.

In addition to performances across Missouri and the United States, Marching Mizzou was recently invited to perform at the 2012 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. While in Ireland, Marching Mizzou also performed in the Limerick International Band Championship where they were distinguished as the International Band Champions.

The marching and musical style for which Marching Mizzou has become famous blends the great traditions of MU with the exciting performance styles of today. Marching Mizzou is well known for the unmatched excellence of its musical performances along with a marching style that is quick moving and entertaining.

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Mizzou Drumline Vic Firth Implements of Choice:

Ralph Hardimon (SRH)
With a unique barrel tip and long taper for quick rebound and added control. Available in wood or nylon tip.
L = 17" | Dia. = .710"
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Bill Bachman "Billy Club" Tenor Stick (SBBTS)
Crafted in hickory for durability, lightning-fast maneuverability and a superior rim shot timbre. Produces very big and dark sound.
L = 15 13/16" | Dia. = .725" at butt .676" at shaft
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For 26" - 28" bass drums.
L = 14 1/4" Head size = 2" x 1 1/2"
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Drumline Cadence

Trooman's Groove

The University of Missouri Band Staff:

Dr. Bradley Snow – Director of Bands

Erich Spaeth – 2012-2013 Drumline TA

Ben Gervais – 2013-2014 Drumline TA

Percussion Faculty:

Dr. Julia Gaines – Director of Percussion Studies

Find out more about
Marching Mizzou here:

The Marching Mizzou Website

The Mizzou Drumline Facebook Page



Dr. D. Bradley Snow (DMA, University of Southern Mississippi, MM, University of Southern Mississippi, BSed, University of Missouri) serves the University of Missouri as Director of Bands and Director of Marching Mizzou. In addition to directing Marching Mizzou, Dr. Snow also directs Mini Mizzou and administers all other aspects of the athletics bands program. Dr. Snow also conducts the University Wind Ensemble and teaches basic conducting, marching band techniques, and graduate conducting. Additionally, Dr. Snow serves as the School of Music liaison to the Missouri State High School Activities Association.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Missouri, Dr. Snow served as Associate Director of Bands at Oklahoma State University and Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Snow has also performed as a member of the United States Marine Band at Quantico, Virginia as the band's principal trumpet player and cornet soloist. As leader of the Marine Corps's premier brass quintet, he led performances in Northern Ireland that aired live over the BBC. During his Marine Band tenure, Dr. Snow also served as assistant conductor of the concert band and ceremonial band. Dr. Snow was the recipient of numerous military honors and awards, including being a finalist for the Marine Corps Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year award and two-time recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.


Dr. Julia Gaines is an Associate Professor and has been the Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Missouri for the past sixteen years. She received her DMA from the University of Oklahoma, her MM as well as a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and her BM from the Lawrence Conservatory of Music. She has performed internationally in Russia, Japan, England, Wales, Brazil, and China and gave her solo debut in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in March 2007. As an orchestra section member, she has performed in the percussion sections of the Idaho/Washington Symphony, Green Bay Symphony, Fox Valley Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and the Missouri Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she has a history in drum corps culminating as a member of the 1989 Santa Clara Vanguard front ensemble.

As a pedagogue, Dr. Gaines has done several research projects on the subject of percussion education. She recently published her first book, Sequential Studies for Four-Mallet Marimba – Level 1 after four-years of extensive research on the solo literature. This book is the first in a series dedicated toward the beginning and intermediate marimbist. A member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) for twenty+ years, she currently serves on their Board of Directors and is an Associate Editor for Percussive Notes with the primary responsibility of Review Editor. She served as the Secretary of the PAS Executive Committee for one, two-year term as well. She also has been the President and Vice-President of the Missouri PAS chapter in addition to hosting or co-hosting three MOPAS Days of Percussion.

Recent performances for Dr. Gaines include a solo recital at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and guest soloist with the Kansas City Youth Percussion Ensemble at the National Conference of Percussion Pedagogy. She also presented fundamental four-mallet marimba clinics at PASIC 2013 in Indianapolis and the most recent Midwest Band Clinic in Chicago.