This week's Champion is
George Mason University Green Machine Marching Band
George Mason University
The George Mason Green Machine Marching Band generates enthusiasm and excitement at all home football and basketball events, as well as taking part in various campus activities. Performing for thousands of spectators throughout the basketball season, the group travels to postseason tournaments each March to support the men’s and women’s teams.
This popular organization provides a musical opportunity for all Mason students to participate in promoting school spirit and morale. You don’t have to be a music major to participate— students from any area of study are welcome. Many scholarships are available to students, regardless of major. Students can also receive class credit for their participation in the band.
George Mason also fields a championship level indoor drumline that competes at WGI events. The drumline was founded in the fall of 2007 by Dr. Michael Nickens and Mr. Chris Martin as an effort to expand the reach of the marching percussion activity and bring an independent, indoor percussion ensemble to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Since GMU’s first season, the ensemble has achieved consistent and measurable improvement in each competitive year. In 2012, GMU won the WGI PIO World Championship with their program, “Go,” and very shortly after announced their self-promotion to WGI Independent World class for the 2013 season. With new excitement, enthusiasm, and a new design team, the GMU drumline performed in 2013 WGI World Class finals, finishing in 8th place with a score of 92.25.
The George Mason Green Machine Marching Band
4400 University Dr.
Fairfax, VA 22030
School Website: George Mason University
Marching Band Website: The George Mason Green Machine Marching Band
Drumline Website: The GMU Mean Green
Director of Marching Band: Dr. Michael W. Nickens
Percussion Instructor: Chris Martin
Enrollment of University: 32,562
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