Sound of the Sandhills Marching Band

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The Sound of the Sandhills is the marching band for Campbell University. This group is open to all students who play an instrument or spin with guard. Students who march get a scholarship for their service and time. In order to get the scholarship, they must be in a concert band/ensemble (that includes winter guard).

The marching band serves as an upper level (MUSC460) class that produces an engaging product (shows and musical performances) that promotes Campbell University, advocates for the significance of musical expression and live performance (STEAM), and serves a balanced and diverse schedule of performance opportunities for our geographic, athletic, and musical communities. This is accomplished through dynamic performances that are both challenging and fulfilling for its members as well as aesthetic and engaging for our patrons. 

For more information contact the Director of Athletic Band, Dr. Michael Phillips (, or the program coordinator Katelyn Faircloth ( 

Eligibility & Requirements

  • The ensemble is open to all Campbell University students.
  • A placement audition is required to be able to fit the student in the concert ensemble for their current level. Also, it helps the Directors be able to place you on certain parts. Auditions consist of playing a selection you have used for other audition or band pieces from your local band.  “THIS IS NOT A AUDITION TO GET IN.”

Rehearsal Times

The ensemble meets on Monday and Wednesday from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm in the At Barker Lane Stadium or in the Band Room in Taylor Bott Rogers Fine Arts Building.

You will find that the marching band commitment is less per week than many competitive high school programs, and you receive a scholarship for your service as would an athlete. The members take pride in accomplishing more in an efficiently programmed and well-prepared environment. This includes the use of motivated staff and instructional tools that include apps and programs that are used for communication, drill instruction, and music! It’s all on their devices! No paper, no losing music, no problem! 

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Each student in the marching band receive the following items

  • Multiple t-shirts for performances and practice
  • Book Bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Portable Charger
  • Gym Shorts
  • Ball Cap 

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Marching Band allows the student to use the following items during the season: 

  • Marching Band Uniforms
  • Color Guard Uniforms
  • Rain Coat
  • Performance Hall

Marching Band Students are required to buy the following items Package cost is $40:

  • Marching Shoes
  • Gloves

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Performance Venues

The group performs a balanced and diverse schedule of performance opportunities for our geographic, athletic, and musical communities that include Campbell University home football games. They also participate in parades, high school band competitions, and other places the university deems appropriate. 

Why Band?

  • Join the largest FAMILY on campus
  • Possible Scholarship Opportunities 
  • Great Resume Builder/Graduate School Applications
  • Continue to Do Something You Love “Making Music”
  • Make Memories and Friends

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Join the Family!

If you are interested in learning more about the Campbell Marching Band, let us know.

Complete an Interest Form

Contact Us

Name Role Email Address
Dr. Michael Phillips Director of Athletic Bands and Guards
Kaitlyn Faircloth Program Director
Sara Shields Visual Coordinator and Guard Director
Dr. William Beach Brass Instructor
Dr. Dwayne Wilson Director of Bands and Instrumental Studies
Nate Campbell Percussion Instructor