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John P. Schnettler, Director of GOMB

(931) 221-6820
Music/Mass Communication Building, Room 163

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The public is welcome to join us on Saturday, October 22 for the annual Mid-South Marching Invitational in APSU’s Fortera Stadium. Tickets are $20 (children 10 and under are free) and can be purchased on the day of the event with either card or exact cash at the Stadium Ticket Window. For a schedule and detailed guest information, please see this information packet HERE.


The APSU Bands are open to ALL APSU students, regardless of major or full/part time student status. In fact about 70% of our members are not music majors! We perform at all home football and basketball games, exhibitions, and community events. To start your journey and become part of our family, please click on the link at the top of this page or email the Director, Mr. Schnettler at schnettlerj@apsu.edu with any questions.


We are thrilled to have YOU join us in 2023 for a fantastic marching band experience complete with Pre-Season GOMB Week (Band Camp), full shows with marching, and performances at home football games and exhibitions at marching competitions.

To join GOMB 2023 please complete the following steps!

Pre-Camp (Guard, Percussion, Leadership):  August 9 move-in
GOMB WEEK (winds join for full band camp):  August 12 move-in
Once you are moved in, we will have full-day rehearsals through Saturday, August 20.

PLACEMENTS (AUDITIONS) All students with High School band experience will be accepted into the GOMB, but we need material (an audition) from our members for part splits, equipment assignments, etc. Students who do not have high school band experience may audition, but acceptance is based on the materials.

BRASS & WOODWINDS – Video audition due in mid-July. All members (returning and new) will submit a brief video audition. Details regarding the video audition will be emailed to all students who have completed the membership interest form. We will find a solution for those who do not have access to an instrument.

PERCUSSION – An in-person audition will be held on campus in May or June 2023 (specific date TBD). Please prepare THESE PDFs: front ensemble / drumline. If you cannot attend the audition day, it is REQUIRED that you submit videos PRIOR to the audition date.  Please contact Mr. Schnettler for details regarding the video submissions process.

COLOR GUARD – An in-person audition will be held on campus in May or June 2023 (specific date TBD). Specifics are available in THIS PDF. Please wear appropriate clothes for an indoor rehearsal, and prepare for dance and flag work. We will have extra flags on site if you need to borrow one. If you cannot attend the audition day, it is REQUIRED that you submit videos PRIOR to the audition date. Please contact Mr. Schnettler for details regarding the video submissions process.


MARCHING BAND SCHOLARSHIPS: APSU is proud to offer scholarship for all students who participate in any of our Football or Basketball bands. The amounts are based on participation, with increases each year you return! For specific amounts, please contact Mr. Schnettler or one of our current members.

 GOMB Day 2022

We are excited to welcome ALL high school band students to spend a day with us a member of the GOMB! We will rehearse in the morning, eat lunch, and perform in the stands and on the field at an APSU Football Game. In 2019 we ROCKED our home crowd with a band of 700+ members!

GOMB Day 2022 is scheduled for Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 8:00am through the end of the football game, around 7:00pm. Parents & guests can purchase a ticket for a discounted price of $5 by using a discount code and link which will be sent in the receipt email after purchasing the GOMB Day package for your student.

Registration is NOW OPEN at this link!