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Marching Band

The Spirit of the Mountain

The Liberty University Marching Band is an exciting company of brass, woodwind, and percussion instrumentalists, accented and accompanied by a full-color guard. In true drum corps style, The Spirit of the Mountain maintains the highest level of excellence, discipline, and musicianship. Sporting uniforms of red, white, and blue, the Band is a favorite at home football games, as guests at football games in other stadiums, and as featured performers in community events. The Spirit of the Mountain has appeared in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, at the New York Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands for 80,000 spectators, and at colleges and universities throughout the Eastern United States.

 

IMPORTANT: WE ARE AT 99% CAPACITY FOR THIS FALL, SO PLEASE AUDITION RIGHT AWAY IF YOU WANT TO BE INCLUDED!

 

Application and Audition

Apply and Audition to be a member of The Spirit of the Mountain in three easy steps: Application, Audition, and Scholarship — all online! The final deadline to secure your position in the show drill is June 1 — please apply in advance to allow time to complete the application and audition process. If you have more questions, you can send an email to spkerr@liberty.edu or band@liberty.edu. Fall 2021 Marching Percussion auditions will consist of a video submission that is due on Friday, April 9, 2021, by 11:59pm.  Audition music has been uploaded to the audition page. Please email Mr. Goddard, tpgoddard@liberty.edu, for more information. Fall 2021 Color Guard auditions will consist of a video submission that is due on Friday, April 9, 2021, by 11:59pm. Please email Bryanna Boyd, brtester@liberty.edu, for more information.

Learn more about our program and what it means to be a member of The Spirit of the Mountain.


New Phone-Based Drill and Music Delivery!  GET READY!

The Liberty University Marching Band is excited to announce that we are going paperless again this Fall!  Basically, all music and drill will be distributed to your iPhone or Android Phone.  So, while we know that about 98% of the band already has a smartphone, this fall, everyone is required to have a smartphone to operate.  We have been learning from other major university bands that have adopted this system, and now we are, too! The system to which we are subscribing is Ultimate Drill Book.  You are welcome to take a look at their site and the many tutorials.  We will be providing your drill, music, and possibly other features such as document sharing and attendance on your smartphone. Here’s what you will need:

1.  Smartphone^ – you must have your own (Hopefully, you already have this):

iOS iPhone 6 or later iPad Mini 4 or later* iPad Air 2 or later* iPad Pro 2017 or later* iPod touch 6th generation* Android Android phones running Android 7.0 or later Android tablets running Android 7.0 or later*
*Devices larger than a phone are not recommended, because they are too heavy for an instrument lyre.
^You may also want to bring to rehearsals a portable battery backup/charger for your phone.

2.  eFlip Lyre  – you must purchase your own (percussion members will buy the Gibraltar phone mount)

The eFlip Lyre, like your marching shoes, will be each member’s responsibility to purchase.
Please see the chart below for the recommended eFlip Lyre model**
While some other vendors carry this product, and you are certainly welcome to purchase from them, I think you will get the best deal shown above.

3.  Ultimate Drill Book – The LU Marching Band is paying for your subscription, so you will not incur this cost. We will be distributing access to this app on the first day of Band Camp.

 

**Below are the eFlip Lyre models as recommended by Tonal Innovation/Ultimate Drill Book:

  • Model T Trombone Trumpet
  • Model F Piccolo Tuba/Contra
  • Original Model (these must pair with your existing traditional lyre) Clarinet Mellophone Saxophone Baritone And any other instrument that uses a traditional lyre
  • Battery, Front Ensemble, Back Ensemble  Ultimate Drill Book company recommended the following for percussion, which is what other ensembles have found good for rim or field frame mounting.  In keeping with the plan for all band members to own their own lyre, please order this for yourself. https://drumsonsale.com/gibraltar-sc-bdspm-bass-drum-smart-phone-mount.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwPa97qeb6gIVjZOzCh1kMwN0EAQYCCABEgKu6vD_BwE . You will not be able to hold your phone in your hand and play.  As for all other considerations, your drill, documents, attendance, and other items will be distributed on your smartphone using the Ultimate Drill Book. At the risk of being redundant, again (sorry!) — this is REQUIRED – not optional, and trying to be very clear about this! 😊
  • Guard, Field Crew, Staff You will need a smartphone only for drill, documents, attendance, etc. So, don’t delay!  Be sure to acquire what you need early!  Get your items before other bands buy out the stock.
  • Certainly place your order by July 1.

Shoe and Glove Requirement – buy now!

The Liberty University Marching Band is pleased that you will soon wear our very sharp and state-of-the-art uniforms. While the uniform (jacket, trousers, shako & plume, gauntlets, rain gear) is provided by the band, all members are required to purchase their own BLACK gloves and “Drill Masters” black shoes (sorry, no other shoe is accepted that you may have had from high school, even if they are rather new). We have required these shoes for a few years now, and it presents a professional appearance. Please order your shoes from a vendor of your choosing, such as Bandshoppe.com. Gloves may be any brand, cotton or grip, etc. Our guard section will place a separate order for their unique footwear and gloves. You may also contact Kassidy Miller, Head Field Commander, at klmiller20@liberty.edu for more information. Our local music store, Lynchburg Music Center, will also offer these shoes and gloves for sale at band camp check-in. Prices may vary. We very much prefer, however, that you arrive at band camp, already owning your shoes and gloves.

 


Current Members

(All documents, music, and media on these links are for band members and staff only.  Do not post on social media or any other public distribution.)


Contact

Dr. Stephen Kerr
Director of Bands
spkerr@liberty.edu
(434) 582-2363

Mr. Tommy Goddard
Assistant Director – Percussion
tpgoddard@liberty.edu
(434) 582-4363

Mrs. Bryanna Boyd
Color Guard Instructor
brtester@liberty.edu


Fall 2021 Show – Sunny With A Chance…

  • It’s A Beautiful Day –  by Michael Buble’
  • Here Comes The Sun –  by The Beatles
  • Ain’t No Sunshine –  by Bill Withers
  • Mr. Blue Sky  – by the Electric Light Orchestra
  • Umbrella– by Rhianna
  • Storm Warning–  by Hunter Hayes
  • Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me– by Elton John
  • Wouldn’t It Be Nice – by the Beach Boys
  • Walkin’ On Sunshine– by Katrina and the Waves

Past Themes

View a list of our past show themes


Fall 2020 Show – Everlasting

  • Power of Love –  by Huey Lewis
  • Come And Get Your Love –  by Redbone
  • You and Me –  Flume Remix
  • L.O.V.E.  – by Nat “King” Cole
  • Love On Top – by Beyonce
  • Natural Woman –  made popular by Aretha Franklin,
  • This Will Be – as performed by Natalie Cole
  • Can’t Help Falling In Love – arr. by Jay Dawson

 


Fall 2019 Show – Take Me Home

  • America – by Simon & Garfunkel
  • Sweet Home Alabama – by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Hawaii Five-O– by Morton Stevens
  • Carry On My Wayward Son – by Kansas
  • The Devil Went Down To Georgia – by Charlie Daniels
  • Take Me Home, Country Roadsby John Denver
  • New York State Of Mind as performed by Billy Joel
  • Party In The USA as performed by Miley Cyrus
  • America The Beautiful – by performed by The Troupers Drum Corps

Fall 2018 Show – I Got Rhythm!

  • Sing, Sing, Singby Benny Goodman
  • Can’t Stop Believin’by Journey
  • I Got Rhythm – by George Gershwin
  • I Wanna Dance With Somebodyby Whitney Houston
  • Rhythm/Fight Club– by Cavaliers Drum Corps
  • Can’t Stop The Feeling – By Justin Timberlake
  • Everything Must Changeas performed by The Blue Devils
  • Unchained Melodyby Graeme Koehne

Fall 2017 Show

Feelin’ Good

“The Spirit of the Mountain” is pleased to announce our 2017 show entitled: “Feelin’ Good.” The show features pieces on the theme of good times, including music from Appalachian Spring as well as music from recent popular musicians, including:

  • Promise of Living by Aaron Copland
  • Feelin’ Good by Michael Buble’
  • I Feel Good by James Brown
  • Shout by The Isley Brothers
  • I Got A Feelin’ by Blackeyed Peas
  • Goot Time by Owl City & Carly Rae Jebsen
  • Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy as performed by American Revival
  • Simple Gifts by Aaron Copland
  • Ode To Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven

Fall 2016 Show

On Fire

“The Spirit of the Mountain” is pleased to announce our 2016 show entitled: “On Fire.”The show features pieces on the theme of fire & flames, including music from the Firebird Suite as well as music from recent popular musicians, including:

  • Burn by Ellie Goulding
  • I See Fire by Ed Sheerin
  • Inferno by Robert W. Smith
  • Set Fire To The Rain by Adele
  • Girl On Fire by Alisha Keys
  • Just Like Fire by Pink from
  • Stop, Drop & Roll by Tyler Loftin
  • Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky

Fall 2015 Show

Light Up the Night

“The Spirit of the Mountain” is pleased to announce our 2015 show, “Light Up the Night!” This season’s show features songs about night time, stars, and the sky. The show features several pop tunes, as well as some traditional band and orchestra music that both the crowd and band members will love, including:

  • A Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay
  • Moondance as performed by The Cadets
  • Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra
  • Firework by Katy Perry
  • Mars and Jupiter from The Planets by Gustav Holst
  • Counting Stars by One Republic
  • On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons