JSU Marching Southerners



We look forward to seeing you at Band Day!

Be a Marching Southerner for a day! 


Experience the “Friendliest Band in the South” and play great music to excite thousands of fans toward a JSU Victory!


2023 Band Day will take place on September 2nd at the 

JSU vs East Tennessee State game.


*Note* – “Band Director Group Registration” is reserved only for band directors who are registering a group from their band to participate in 2023 Band Day. All other individuals should register under “Individual Student Registration.”

Please read the important information below.

  • Participating students will be able to attend the home football game against East Tennessee State and perform with the Marching Southerners. 
  • Participating students must pay a registration fee of $30. 
  • Due to capacity restraints resulting from stadium renovations, directors and chaperones of participating students will need to purchase tickets for admission to the game. 
  • For more information about tickets, please contact the JSU Ticket Office at (256) 782-8499, or click here to purchase tickets online. General Admission tickets are $12 (this is subject to change).


  • Meals will not be provided to students. During the lunch break that is built into the schedule, students will have time to have lunch on campus at the Theron Montgomery Building, Jack Hopper Dining Hall, or at the concession stands/food trucks located in the JSU Stadium. If you choose to eat at the concession stands/food trucks in the JSU Stadium, you must re-enter the stadium at 11:00AM after the stadium has been cleared at 10:30AM. Students may also choose to eat off campus at any dining location.
  • All students that registered before August 20th will receive a FREE T-shirt at the event! There will be an option on the registration form to select your T-shirt size. This free T-shirt that registered students receive at Check-In will allow for their admission to the game and entrance into the stadium.
  • Students that register after the August 20th deadline must wear their own white T-shirt to the game. This and your instrument will serve as admission into the game if they do not receive a T-shirt.
  • Students will be responsible for having access to their own instrument/flag/baton and a digital or physical copy of the sheet music (keyboard percussion instruments will be provided by the Marching Southerners, but students will be responsible for bringing their own mallets and music). 


We are looking forward to “striking up the band” once again and performing with our Future Southerners!


Go Gamecocks and BLOW SOUTHERNERS!

Music Downloads

During halftime, the band day students will play through various songs that are favorites with the Marching Southerners and with JSU. We will start with Salvation is Created, then move on to Stars Fell on Alabama, ESPN, and end with the JSU Fight Song. All downloads are linked below!


We ask that you download and print all music to bring with 

you on the day of the event, or use a mobile device.



Battery percussion and drum majors will be taught the music the day of the 

event, and all auxiliaries will be taught the routine to each musical selection. 

*Front Ensemble will play the Flute part.*

General Information


  • STUDENTS: $30
  • CHAPERONES/DIRECTORS: Must Purchase Tickets as Admission to the Game


  • Parking at the JSU Library Parking Lot is FREE and away from usual Gameday traffic. 

  • Free parking is also located at the Pete Mathews Coliseum. 

  • The university provides a shuttle service from the Coliseum to the stadium for those needing handicap shuttle assistance.

  • There will be various “Pay to Park” lots closer to the Stadium, should you want to have less walking distance.

  • BUS PARKING will be behind the JSU Library, however we ask buses to please drop their students off at Angle Hall (formerly Bibb Graves Hall), before parking at the Library.


Meals are not included. The hours for campus dining locations are listed below. Various fast food and “sit down” locations are spread throughout town. Concessions will also be available at the game, but they will be cashless. Concessions will be accepting debit card, credit card, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay as forms of payment. Students and Chaperones are responsible for their own meals. 

Jack Hopper Caf

(Label “39” on the “Band Day Event Map”)

Breakfast: 8:00 am—9:30 am

Lunch: 10:30 am—2:00 pm

Dinner: 5:00 pm— 7:00 pm

Theron Montgomery Building (Chick-Fil-A )

(Label “43” on the “Band Day Event Map”)

10:30 am—4:00 pm



Open at 11:00 am

Need Catering? Call 256-782-7242


  • Band Day participants will sit in sections H and I, highlighted in light green below. 
  • Band directors and chaperones are welcome to sit with their students (general admission tickets will allow you to sit in these sections). 
  • The 2023 Band Day halftime performance will be performed to the home side of the stadium (the South Side of the stadium on the picture below).


JSU Stadium does have a Clear Bag Policy. Please review the image below for what is permitted.

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  • The image below is a detailed map for everything before the game. 
  • NOTE: Bibb Graves Hall has been renamed Angle Hall. They are the same building.
  • Click the image to view a larger image.


  • 8:00 AM: Check-In begins at Angle Hall
  • 9:00AM: On the field in JSU Stadium (drumline behind UREC)
  • 9:30AM-10:30AM: Rehearsal in JSU Stadium with Marching Southerners
  • 10:30AM: Lunch (on your own) / Clear Stadium
  • 12:15 PM: Seated in JSU Stadium (away side)
  • 12:30PM: Pre-Game begins
  • 1:00PM: Kick-off (Go Gamecocks and Blow Southerners!)


If you have any questions about these directions, please call the JSU Visitor Center at (256) 782-5260. If you wish, you may visit MapQuestGoogle Maps, or RandMcnally.com and enter your address to receive custom directions from your location to us. We look forward to seeing you!

From Birmingham, AL:
Take I-20 East to Exit 185 (Anniston/Oxford – Alabama Highway 21). Turn left onto Alabama Highway 21 North. Go through Oxford, Anniston/McClellan, and around the Jacksonville square (about 20 miles). You will see the 12- story Houston Cole Library on the right and the marble university sign on the left. The entrance to the university is on your left. Please consult the Campus Map for your desired destination.

From Atlanta, GA:
Take I-20 West to Exit 185 (Anniston/Oxford). Merge right onto Alabama Highway 21 North. Go through Oxford, Anniston/McClellan, and the Jacksonville square (about 20 miles). You will see the 12-story Houston Cole Library on the right and the marble University sign on the left. The entrance to the university is on your left. Please consult the Campus Map for your desired location.

From Huntsville, AL:
Take US Highway 431 (Governor’s Drive) South through Gadsden. Once south of Gadsden, turn left onto Alabama Highway 204. Highway 204 leads directly to campus. Please consult the Campus Mapfor your desired location.

From Montgomery, AL:
Take US Highway 231 North. In Sylacauga, take Alabama Highway 21 North off of US Highway 231. Go through Talladega, Oxford, Anniston/McClellan, and around the Jacksonville square (about 20 miles). You will see the 12-story Houston Cole Library on the right and the marble university sign on the left. The entrance to the university is on your left. Please consult the Campus Map for your desired location.

From Rome, GA:
Travel on Highway 27 South to Cedartown and take US Highway 278 West to Piedmont, AL. In Piedmont, turn left onto Highway 200. Highway 200 merges onto Alabama Highway 21 South. Follow Highway 21 South to Jacksonville. You will see the 12-story Houston Cole Library on the left and the marble University sign on the right. The entrance to the university is the first right, at the traffic signal – University Drive. Please consult the Campus Map for your desired location.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the event?

2023 Band Day will be held on September 2nd at the JSU vs ETSU football game.

Do chaperones have to register?

No, all directors and chaperones will need to purchase tickets for admission to the game. You may purchase a ticket at the gate, or online HERE.

Is there a fee?

There is a $30 fee for 2023 Band Day. Directors and chaperones must purchase a ticket for entry. Tickets may be purchased HERE.

What time does it start?

The JSU vs. ETSU football game will begin at 1:00 PM CST. 

What should students wear for the event?

Students are free to wear comfortable clothing for the hot Alabama weather. Students that register before the deadline will be provided a white band day t-shirt. Students that register after the deadline should wear a white t-shirt. Tennis shoes/closed toed shoes are preferred. Please do not wear a band uniform!

Can auxiliary (color guard, majorettes, danceline) members join band day?

Yes! Anyone can attend band day from winds, percussion, auxiliary, and drum majors! Auxiliary members will be taught the routine, but will need to bring their own flag or baton. 

What will auxiliary members need to prepare or bring?

They will not need to prepare anything as all routines will be learned the day of the event. Colorguard and Majorettes will need to bring flags/batons.

Where can I download music?

Music downloads can be found above under “Music Downloads.” We ask that you have all music printed or available on an electronic device. WE WILL NOT HAVE PRINTED MUSIC AVAILABLE.

Where can I find percussion music?

Percussion music will be taught the day of the event. There is no music for you to print off. Front ensemble/Mallet Percussion will perform the Flute music. 

Do I need to bring my instrument?

Yes, all instruments EXCEPT for Keyboard percussion/Front ensemble will need to bring their own instruments (This includes Drumline and Auxiliary). We do not provide any instrument except for keyboard percussion in the front ensemble. Everyone else will need to bring their own instrument.

What do parents do during the day?

We just ask that you be in the area in case an emergency arises. You are free to watch rehearsal or visit campus and the surrounding area. All individuals are required to have a chaperone. 

Will water be provided?

We ask that everyone brings their own water jug or thermos full of water. There are a few water fountains under the stadium, but remember that we will have more than a thousand students needing water. The line to drink from a fountain or refill a bottle will be VERY long. Come prepared to stay hydrated!

Band Directors, if you need a W9 for your bookkeeper for Director/Chaperone tickets, click below to download the form.
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