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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Maverick 'Machine' Marching Band

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The band focuses on excellence in performance through one unique marching production.  Each fall the band selects a show that combines elements of classical and popular music with technology and cutting edge marching design elements.  Our goal is to entertain our audience and support our Maverick Athletic programs.

Why should I join the Maverick Machine?

By joining the Maverick Machine you will be joining the largest student organization on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato.  You will have the opportunity to perform for thousands of amazing Maverick fans in one of the most unique collegiate marching ensembles in the upper Midwest.  You also get into Athletic events for FREE and have the opportunity to travel with our many excellent Maverick teams.

The most important reason is because you will instantly become a part of the #MavFam, creating life-long friendships as a part of the Maverick Machine family - GO MAVS!

Membership / Auditions

 The Maverick ' Machine' is open to any musician or colorguard member who has prior experience in the marching arts.  It is our goal to include anyone and everyone that has an interest marching in the band.  The drumline and colorguard sections are limited in numbers so we will have a process at the beginning of band camp to find the right fit for each individual student, but we will not turn anyone away from the Machine!  For more information on the Drumline and Colorguard sections please visit their section specific pages to the left.

If you are interested in performing with the Maverick Machine please fill out the Join form for more information.


The band rehearses 2-3 times a week to perfect our pregame and halftime performances.  It is important to the staff to respect the time that our students invest into the ensemble.  We do not require an overly intensive schedule, but rather we use our rehearsal time to the max.  During our rehearsal time we work to present a quality production at each of our performances.  For more rehearsal information please contact Mr. Thursby directly.

Band Camp

Prior to the first week of classes at Minnesota State University, Mankato - the Maverick Machine begins with a week of practice.  For a more detailed schedule please click the schedule link directly to the left.


Students who participate in the Maverick Machine have the opportunity to receive money for doing so.  Incoming freshman can audition/apply for Talent Grants and returning members can apply for Music Scholarships.  For more information please click the Scholarship link below.