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You are invited to participate in one of the most spirited and rewarding activities East Carolina University offers: the East Carolina University Marching Pirates! As the dominant spirit organization on campus, the band entertains more than three-hundred thousand fans each year at ECU games and regional high school marching band festivals. The band's unique style combines exciting arrangements of diverse musical styles with traditional and contemporary drill design. 

Whatever your band instrument or section, whatever your college major, we have a place for you. Our members take pride in the "family" atmosphere they create, which helps make our 26,000 student campus seem a whole lot friendlier. This diverse group of more than 250 students, the largest student organization on the ECU campus, represents a wide variety of majors from many schools in the University. In fact, only about one-fourth of the students in the Marching Pirates are music majors. Students of all ability levels from many different backgrounds participate in the band, and membership is open to all qualified students enrolled in the University.


Academic excellence is important in the ECU Marching Pirates, and we understand the time constraints of full-time university students. With that in mind, we have a planned rehearsal schedule each week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 4-6pm, and on the mornings or afternoons of home football games. We have found that that very few academic classes conflict with this time slot. Students can receive "academic release time" from a rehearsal (to meet with a professor, attend a supervised review session, etc.), if pre-approved by the director. Members have plenty of time to participate in a variety of organizations on campus such as academic honor societies, concert bands, intramural sports, ROTC, fraternities and sororities and many others. Two hours of elective or fine arts credit is awarded for participation in marching band and is applicable toward free elective requirements in all degree plans.


The ECU Marching Pirates Incentive Program provides financial support for some band members by rewarding their contributions of time, talent and leadership to our program. Currently, all fourth-year members and undergraduate staff members (UGS) are eligible to receive $400 while sousaphone and trombone players are eligible to receive $250.

In recent years the band has traveled to football games at the U.S. Naval Academy, UNC Chapel Hill, Virginia Tech, Duke, South Carolina and NC State, and has performed “exhibition” performances at high school marching band festivals throughout North Carolina and Virginia, including trips to Washington, DC and Richmond, VA. Other performance highlights have included performing at the 2003 Rockingham NASCAR race and President George W. Bush's visit to ECU in April, 2001 as well as halftime shows for the Washington Redskins at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, and for the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The band has also performed in the following bowl games:

  • 2010 Military Bowl (Washington D.C.)
  • 1994, 1995, 2009 and 2010 AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Memphis, TN)
  • 2006 PapaJohns.com Bowl (Birmingham, AL)
  • 2001 GMAC Bowl (Mobile, AL)
  • 2000 galleryfurniture.com Bowl (Houston, TX)
  • 1999 Mobile Alabama Bowl (Mobile, AL)


Our 2011 football season will begin Labor Day weekend with a trip to Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC to support our football Pirates as they take on the nationally ranked University of South Carolina Gamecocks of the Southeastern Conference. We have an exciting home game schedule in 2011 which includes matchups against ACC rivals Virginia Tech and the University of North Carolina! The Marching Pirates have also been invited to participate as the exhibition band at the 23rd Annual Festival of Bands in Fuquay-Varina, NC. For a complete up-to-date schedule of performances, please visit our SCHEDULE page.


When the Marching Pirates travel the cost of transportation, meals and lodging is provided by the university. All travel is expense paid!


Please take time to search through this website and check back often for updates. If you have questions regarding membership, please contact Mr. Staub, Associate Director of Bands and Director of the ECU Marching Pirates. Go Pirates!

ECU Marching Pirates
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East Fifth Street | Greenville, NC 27858
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"The Sound of Pirate Nation"