Student Life

Athletic and Marching Bands

Marching Band-percussion lineDo you want to enliven your experience at William Penn University? We have a great opportunity for you to join our Athletic Bands program!
If this is something that you have talent in and want to "jazz up" your time at the University, contact us today about these great ensembles. Contact our Admissions Office today to talk with our Admissions team or schedule a campus visit.

Click to fill out our Athletic Bands Questionnaire. This information will help Terry DeJong, Director of Athletic Bands, and you determine where you will fit the best in the WPU Athletic Bands program. For more information, contact Terry DeJong at 641-673-1283 or or visit the Fine Arts website.

William Penn University is now fielding its Corps Style Marching Band program and building Winter Guard and Drum Line Programs. The Winter Guard and Winter Drum Line programs will be gearing up to enter into the Mid-west circuit and WGI competitions.

Scholarships are available for members participating in the Athletic Bands. These scholarships are available to music majors and non-music majors. Students with Athletic Band scholarships will be required to participate in the Marching Band and at least one more of the ensembles: Pep Bands, Winter Guard and/or Winter Drum Line.

Marching Band
WPU Marching Band 

The WPU Marching Band, being unique in the sense that very few Iowa private universities offer a marching band program, yet also unique in the fact that it is a marching program built on Drum & Bugle Corps values. The program differs from the traditional college marching program, since it will perform a single show package for the season, focusing on precision, fundamentals and execution. This will give the students the opportunity to participate in a program similar to their competitive high school programs, to perform at a higher level of proficiency, while keeping the overall focus on their higher educational studies.

Our focus as a staff is to make this program a learning experience, entertaining and fun, while to benefit both the music majors and the non music majors. As for the music majors, we will be teaching the fundamentals of building a marching program to a high level, while teaching the non-music majors how to relate the attributes of responsibility, respect, leadership, setting goals, discipline, team-work, dedication and focus in their success with careers and family.

The Horn line is made up of a full line of Jupiter Marching Brass, saxophones, flutes and piccolos. The group also marches trombones and clarinets.

The Drum Line and Pit are equipped with Pearl battery equipment, Adams keyboards, timpani and chimes, and Zildjian Cymbals.

The entire marching band including color guard, during its inaugural marching season consists of approximately 50 members, and is expected to grow to full capacity of 150 members in the next two seasons.

Contact Us

Terry DeJong, Director of Athletic Bands