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Michigan State University
$563,644 Amount raised
3,313 Gifts received

Spartan Marching Band Jackets Sponsorship Fund

The Spartan Marching Band (SMB) jacket traces its origins back to MSU’s first Rose Bowl trip in 1954. Upon returning, it was suggested that the band adopt a distinct jacket to help band members stand out on campus. That original design has remained consistent ever since, reflecting a commitment to uphold the traditions of the SMB.

Historically, students have had to pay for their own jacket, but in recent years, through the generosity of private support, the cost of jackets has been greatly subsidized. It is the goal of the MSU Alumni Band and SMB administration to provide these jackets free of charge to all incoming members of the SMB.

Jackets are earned after an incoming member has completed their dress rehearsal, called “Freshman Dress,” and first game day. These two events are the culmination of an intense ten-day pre-season rehearsal schedule, where the students have to demonstrate their readiness and ability to be independent performers in the SMB. Freshman band members don the jacket for the first time after marching through the Spartan Stadium tunnel on game day.

The SMB is one of the most unique and hard working groups on campus, encompassing students from all backgrounds and majors and devoted to representing MSU at the highest level.

Give $150 to the SMB Jacket Fund and Help our goal of fully subsidizing the cost of each new SMB member’s band jacket.

A gift of $150 will purchase one jacket for next year’s incoming SMB members. With approximately 80+ new members each year, this would require roughly $12,000 annually in private support. This is an item that will be worn for the rest of their lives. Each year, approximately 300 SMB alumni arrive on campus for their annual fall reunion. The Spartan Marching Band jacket is worn by 70 year-olds standing next to recent graduates and current students. THAT’S TRADITION!

272% Funded

$13,630 Raised

$5,000 Goal

Challenge Money Awarded

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    $1,000
  • Jo Adams
    $250
  • Michael Sundermann
    $250

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