Marching Band

Randy Border
Director of Athletic Bands
Baldwin Wallace University
(440) 826-8113

The Baldwin Wallace University Marching Yellow Jackets is a spirited ensemble of musicians from all areas of the BW campus. The marching band provides quality, creative musical/marching performances while serving as a catalyst for school spirit. The focus is on having fun while developing pride, tradition and a sense of community for the participants.

The Marching Yellow Jackets also includes the Jackettes, a flag/dance team of women representing a wide variety of majors and interests. The marching band performs at all home football games. The Swarm is the pep band that performs for selected basketball games and is made up of volunteers from the marching band.

Students are encouraged to assume leadership roles such as planning and plotting shows and serving as section leaders, librarians, etc. There are also some paid internships available for qualified music education majors. On the field, the band is under the direction of a drum major. An awards banquet is held at the completion of the marching season to recognize band members for their contributions and commitment to the BW Marching Yellow Jackets.

Membership is open to all BW students.


Randy Border is an alumus, receiving both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Baldwin Wallace. He has over 38 years of experience as a music educator working with students from elementary through the university levels. His experience includes 26 years in the Amherst School District and recently as the director of athletic bands at Case Western Reserve University.

Randy is an active performer in the Cleveland area and a member of the Baldwin Wallace Alumni Brass Collective, the Strongsville Community Band and the Symphony West Community Orchestra. He also conducts the Brass Ensemble at Strongsville United Methodist Church.


Membership is open to all Baldwin Wallace students. Please contact Randy Border, director of athletic bands, at or (440) 826-8113 and provide the following:

Mailing address
Home phone number
High school name and city
Cell phone number and cell provider (needed for text service)
Email address
Preference: band instrumentalist, majorette or color guard
If band instrumentalist, please indicate your instrument
T-shirt size
Possible major at Baldwin Wallace
Interest in also participating in the pep band during basketball season


SUMMER MUSIC REHEARSAL (Union - Sandstone 3)

For students in the area who are able to attend
Saturday, June 17: 1 - 3 p.m. music rehearsal; 3 - 5 p.m. social time
Saturday, July 22: 1 - 3 p.m. music rehearsal; 3 - 5 p.m. social time


Early arrival check-in: Saturday, August 12 (noon – 2 p.m.)
Camp dates: Saturday, August 12 - Wednesday, August 16


Mondays and Thursdays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Guard and majorettes also practice from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. outside the union.
Drumline warm-up/practice from 6:30 p.m. to 7:25 p.m. outside the stadium. 
Please do not schedule classes for Monday and Thursday evenings! 


Game 1: Saturday, September 16 at 2 p.m., John Carroll (Community Day)
Game 2: Saturday, September 30 at 1:30 p.m., Marietta 
Game 3: Saturday, October 7 at 2 p.m., Wilmington (Homecoming)
Game 4: Saturday, October 28 at 1:30 p.m., Capital
Game 5: Saturday, November 4  at 1:30 p.m., Heidelberg (Seniors’ and Parents’ Day)


How much time do I have to commit to be in the marching band?
The band practices for two hours twice a week during the marching season and also has a short rehearsal the day of a performance.

I'm in the Conservatory. Can I still be in the band?
Yes! The time commitment is very small. Music education majors, in particular, will have many opportunities to assist with the development of the show design.

How much does it cost to be a part of the Marching Yellow Jackets?
The cost is very minimal. You will need to provide your own white "band shoe" at an approximate cost of $22 and white socks. All other parts of the uniform are provided.

Will there be a "band camp" before the start of classes in August?
Yes! The band will meet in August before the start of school. Expenses for room and board will be paid by the band. This will be a great opportunity to come to campus early, get settled and meet other students who share some of the same interests as you. In addition to our regular marching rehearsals, other social activities are planned for you to get acquainted with the BW family.

Is there an audition for the Jackettes?
Yes. Interested persons with experience as a majorette or twirler should contact Randy Border, director of athletic bands, at (440) 826-8113 or concerning auditions.

How do I join or find out more information?
Contact Randy Border, Director of Athletic Bands, at (440) 826-8113 or