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The Marching Golden Flashes serve a variety of roles on the campus and in the community of Kent State University. Success depends on a systematic way of doing things. We call this our system of doing things “THE MACHINE”. The MACHINE represents the total structure of the band including organization, procedures, activities, philosophies, teaching methods, marching and playing style, leadership structure, and policies. Success also depends on an enthusiastic, dedicated, and spirited membership eager to always keep THE MACHINE well oiled and perfectly MAINTAINED. The marks of a good mechanic are great practice habits and rehearsal etiquette, positive attitudes, mental and physical discipline, commitment, cooperation, responsibility, dependability, enthusiasm, creativity, and hard work. It is our goal to constantly MAINTAIN the MACHINE which in turn brings about a tradition and legacy of excellence.

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DIRECTOR OF BANDS..…………………………………………………Dr. Jesse Levya
DIRECTOR OF ATHLETIC BANDS………...………………………...Dr. John Franklin

DRUMLINE INSTRUCTOR...…………………………………………...……Jon Thomas

TOUCH OF GOLD INSTRUCTOR……………………........………………….Beth Graal

COLORGUARD INSTRUCTOR……….......…………………………..Lewis Shingleton

GRADUATE ASSISTANTS………………………Malcolm Jones, Mary Kate McNally
COMMUNICATIONS..……………………………………………..…….Jordan Provost
PHOTOGRAPHER…………..……………………………………...…..Kristen Hardesty
MEDICAL ASSISTANT……………………..………………………Amanda Blackwell
VOICE OF THE MGF…………………….………………………..…....Patrick Nusbaum
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Jordan Provost

Summer Canter

Vann Falisevac


Alisha Cope

Cate Fox

Ashley Schwartz

Erin Hines

Katie Strok

Erica Cope

Adria Trusso

Andrew Piggott

Kenzie Heyman


Sean Dolansky

Derek Szabo

Nate Condos


Ben Smith


Greg Kramer

Maria Espenschied

Katelyn Flannery


David Simenc

Patrick O’Donnell

Kyle Hutchison


Kortney Reed

Laura Beth Benner

Katie Croft

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Cate Fox


Maria Espenchied



Alisha Cope

Nate Condos


David Simenc

Kyle Hutchison


Adria Trusso

Erica King

Erica Cope

Katie Strok

Jamie Farrell


George Bagay



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The Marching Golden Flashes is a large organization with many diverse activities. It is inevitable that changes in schedules, itineraries, and plans will be made occasionally during the season. We will always strive to inform you of such changes far in advance. For this reason, we announce changes using a variety of methods: via KSU email, mass text, on the KSUMGF Twitter feed, on the KSUMGF Facebook page on the band website home page, and posted on the Department of Bands bulletin board located outside Dr. Franklin’s door (CPA E108). Members of the Marching Golden Flashes are expected to check their Kent University email on a daily basis for updates and important information.

Assume that all rehearsals will be on the practice field unless otherwise indicated. Never assume that a rehearsal, performance, or event is cancelled until you have received official word from the Director of Athletic Bands. Meet in E112 in the case of inclement weather unless notified otherwise.


Weekly announcements will be sent out via email.


Daily announcements will be posted on the dry erase board at the beginning of rehearsal and read in the last five minutes of each one.


All mass email announcements are to be sent to the Director of Athletic Bands who will review and forward them on to the appropriate parties. Likewise, any student announcements to be added to the announcement board at rehearsal must be emailed to the Director of Athletic Bands no later than one (1) hour prior to the beginning of rehearsal. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Members are encouraged to use the 2015 KSUMGF Facebook page for last-minute or more detailed messages to be sent to the band membership.

In addition to Facebook and email, the MGF uses a text messaging application for quick updates and messages as needed. Please subscribe to the MGF Text Messaging System by sending a text to:


with the message:

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Kent State University Bands

Hugh A. Glauser School of Music

1325 Theatre Drive

PO Box 5190

Kent, Ohio 44242-0001
Marching Golden Flashes Email:

Web Address:

General Office Hours: 8 am – 5 pm
Dr. Franklin’s Email:

Dr. Franklin’s Office Phone: (330) 672-2515

Band Office Phone: (330) 672-0080

Dr. Franklin’s Cell: (812) 679-9054

Office Hours (Fall Semester): TWR from 10 am – noon (or by appointment as needed) in CPA E108


KSUMGF Text Messaging System: @ksumgf texted to 81010

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Syllabus |Grades | Policies| Registration | Leadership: Dr. Franklin

Attendance: Mary Kate McNally

Wind Instruments & Equipment: Malcolm Jones

Drumline Equipment: Drumline Instructor

Colorguard Equipment & Uniforms: Colorguard Instructor

Touch of Gold Equipment & Uniforms: Twirler Instructor

Instrumentalists Uniforms: Jamie Farrell

Flip Charts, Music, & Drill: Your Section Leader

Replacement Music & Drill: MEMBERS ONLYwebsite

Planned Absence Request Forms: MEMBERS ONLYwebsite

Class Conflict Forms: MEMBERS ONLYwebsite

Travel Deviation Forms: MEMBERS ONLYwebsite

Rehearsal/Performance Logistics: Jamie Farrell

Performance Help: Section Leader/Field


Illness During Reh/Per: TBA

Medical emergency: Any Faculty or Staff

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June 19-21 COLORGUARD CLINIC & AUDITIONS | All Colorguard | 9 am – 5 pm
June 27 DRUMLINE AUDITION PREP CLINIC | All Drumline | 1 pm – 5 pm
July 25 DRUMLINE CLINIC & AUDITIONS | All Drumline | 9 am – 5 pm
August 17-29 PRESEASON TRAINING CAMP (9 am – 9 pm each day)

  • August 18-20 – FIELD COMMANDERS & STAFF REPORT | All Field Commanders & Staff

  • August 18-20 - UNDERGRADUATE STAFF CAMP |All UGS & Staff

  • August 20-21 - DRUMLINE & AUXILIARY CAMP | All Drumline, Guard, & ToG

  • August 21-22 – BRASS & WOODWIND ROOKIE CAMP | All New Brass & Woodwind Members

  • August 22-29 – FULL BAND CAMP | All Members

August 21 WELCOME BACK BBQ | All Members, Alumni, & Families | 5:30 pm

August 28 CONVOCATION | MACC | 10:30 am
September 12 KENT vs. DELAWARE STATE| 6 pm
September 26 KENT vs. MARSHALL | TBD
October 3 HOMECOMING PARADE | 11 am
October 3 KENT vs. MIAMI (Homecoming/Alumni Band) | 3:30 pm
October 24 KENT vs. BOWLING GREEN (Junior/Senior Day) | TBD
November 5 KENT vs. BUFFALO | 7:30 pm | CBS Sports Network or ESPN3
November 27 KENT vs. AKRON (Akron, OH) | TBD*
December 4 MAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Detroit, MI)| TBA**
Dec – Jan POSSIBLE BOWL GAME | Dec 19 – Jan 11**
*This game takes place during Thanksgiving Break but is a required game for all members of the MGF
**Attendance at all post-season games is required for all members of the MGF
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1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Staff & UGS Meeting

3:20 pm – 5:15 pm Full Band Rehearsal

6 pm – 7 pm Drumline/Colorguard Sectional Rehearsals
3:20 pm – 5:15 pm Full Band Rehearsal

6 pm – 7 pm Colorguard Rehearsal

6 pm – 7 pm Drumline/Colorguard Sectional Rehearsals
3:20 pm – 5:15 pm Full Band Rehearsal (Practice Field)

6 pm – 7 pm Drumline/Colorguard Sectional Rehearsals


8 am – 10:30 am Continuity Rehearsal (Dix Stadium)

All Rehearsals are at the practice field unless otherwise stated. Check email for updates regarding inclement weather relocation
All Rehearsals are at the practice field unless otherwise stated. Check email for updates regarding inclement weather relocation

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All students participating in the Marching Golden Flashes must be registered for the class no later than August 1, 2015.

UNDERGRADUATES register for MUS 45222:

  • Brass & Woodwinds - CRN 16200, Section 001

  • Drumline - CRN 21052, Section 003

  • Colorguard - CRN 21053, Section 004

GRADUATES register for MUS 55222:

All potential members of the Marching Golden Flashes must attend the ENTIRETY of preseason training camp in order to be considered for membership. In addition to registering for the class, all potential members must register for Preseason Training Camp by completing and submitting the Preseason Camp Registration Form no later than August 1, 2015.


Membership in the Marching Golden Flashes is based on two factors: 1) Instrumentation balance and 2) Audition. Everyone planning to participate in the Marching Golden Flashes must complete an audition during preseason camp to be considered for band membership. While the goal is to allow as many members into the band as possible, the auditions are meant to check basic level skills. See the following information for specific audition requirements for each section:

Brass & Woodwind

All brass and woodwind players must complete a playing and marching audition during camp. Playing auditions will occur on August 22-23 and will consist of prepared pieces, major scales, chromatic scale, and a short sightreading excerpt. The prepared pieces are available for download HERE and should be printed off by the student BEFORE arriving to the audition.

Be prepared to play the following excerpts for the playing audition:

  • Piccolos - Scena a Canto gitano (solo section up to the cadenza)

  • Clarinets - Night on the Bare Mountain (the bracketed section); the first three bracketed excerpts from the Beethoven Symphony 6

  • Saxes - the 5/4 section up to the double bar line

  • Trumpets - Prokofiev Lt. Kije mvmt. 3, Strauss Til Eulenspiegel

  • Mellophones - the first Andante excerpt

  • Trombones/Baritones - both excerpts

  • Sousaphones -Concone Lyrical Etude

All brass and woodwind members must also complete a marching fundamentals audition on August 23. This will consist of each member demonstrating the call to attention, horns up and horns down and a forward march while playing the KSU fight song. Scores will be based on precision and accuracy, body and horn carriage, energy and enthusiasm.

The scores for both the playing and marching audition will be used to determine membership, part, and rank placement for all brass and woodwind players with the results posted on the band website by midnight on August 23.
FLUTE/PICCOLO – All first year flute/piccolo members must audition and, if selected, perform on piccolo as a member of the Marching Golden Flashes. Veteran members who wish to play piccolo must also audition on piccolo during the playing audition.

The number of Drumline members is fixed each year.  Therefore, rigorous auditions will determine membership for this section. Auditions are held during the spring semester for the following year

Please visit the Drumline website for more information about the MGF Drumline including audition information, materials, and schedule.
Colorguard & Touch of Gold Twirlers

Auditions for the MGF Colorguard and Touch of Gold Twirlers also take place each spring.  Information concerning Colorguard audition information and requirements can be found on the Colorguard website. Likewise information concerning requirements and auditions for Touch of Gold Twirlers can be found by visiting the Touch of Gold website. Please contact us at for further questions.

The Band Block

Every member of the Marching Golden Flashes will be assigned two numbers: a pregame number and an attendance block letter and number (A1, B6, K9, for example) also called your “rank number”. These numbers will remain THE SAME throughout the season. You MUST memorize your rank number!!! These will be the same numbers used for taking attendance as well as marking your spot on halftime drill charts. The ranks are assembled with the #1 member serving as the RANK LEADER. The rank number IS NOT the same as your pregame show number.

Pregame Block

The Marching Golden Flashes pregame show utilizes the same number of performers every year regardless of the size of the band. Members are selected to participate in the pregame show based on band balance, experience and/or ability. Each member in the pregame show will be assigned a specific pregame drill number. In some cases, rotating alternates might be used for a pregame spot.


In some cases, there may be alternates for the band block. An alternate is a full member of the marching band. Alternates will practice and rehearse at every rehearsal. Alternates will perform in the stands and other musical appearances utilizing the entire ensemble. Marching performances will be limited, however, to those persons named to the band block. In some cases, there may be two alternates who share a permanent spot. In this case, the alternates will take turns marching every other performance.

Alternates may also be determined by limited availability in sections (instrumentation), marching scores, playing scores and exceptional cases. Any potential or returning member scoring too low to be named a regular member may be placed as an alternate.
Regular members may become alternates in the case of unexcused absences, missed rehearsals, disciplinary action, or missed performances. Any member missing any part of a rehearsal or a performance may be replaced by an alternate.
Auditioning for Kent State University Bands

There are three concert bands, a pep band, and several jazz ensembles in addition to the Marching Golden Flashes. Membership is open to all Kent State University students. Two of the concert bands (the Wind Ensemble and the Concert Band) are auditioned groups with auditions taking place during the first week of classes in the fall semester and the weekend before classes start in the spring semester. You may sign up for the fall semester audition HERE as well as download audition materials HERE.

The Jazz Ensembles hold auditions during the first few days of the fall semester. More information about these groups can be found HERE.
The FlasherBrass pep band performs at all men’s and women’s home basketball games as well as post-season MAC and NCAA tournament games. Auditions are held in late September. Please visit HERE for more information.
Please visit KSU Bands for more information regarding all of the band performance opportunities available to Kent State students.

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Members of the Marching Golden Flashes are expected to exhibit the highest standards of personal contact both when together at an official performance, trip, rehearsal, or event and even in their own personal lives. All students are expected to adhere to all policies as stated in the Kent State University Code of Student Conduct. Violations of any and all codes may result in suspension or dismissal from the MGF as well as university-sponsored disciplinary action. In addition, the following expectations must be met:


Hazing will not be permitted under any circumstances. Members of the MGF are not permitted to harass any member or non-member of the band on matters such as, but not limited to, race, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, or religious beliefs. Please refer to the Ohio State Law for a full description of what constitutes hazing as well as possible legal consequences.

Alcohol & illegal drugs

The use of alcohol or any illegal substance that impair an individual’s ability to represent the Marching Golden Flashes, Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, or Kent State University in a positive manner will not be tolerated. Violators may be dismissed from the Marching Golden Flashes and/or may face legal or university ramifications. This applies to every band member and staff and is not limited to activity that takes place only during official Marching Golden Flashes performances, trips, rehearsals, or events.


Smoking is not permitted during any rehearsal or performance, even if the band is on a break. Smoking is not permitted while we are functioning as a group. Anyone smoking in uniform or during a rehearsal may be dismissed from the band.

Internet Message Boards

Marching Golden Flashes members will refrain from commenting on ANY message board (, etc.) on the topic of KSU Athletic Bands (even if the comment is positive in nature, or to “defend” the band program). When commenting on message boards about non-Band subjects, members are NOT permitted to identify themselves as members of the MGF. If you feel a response is needed to something you have seen, forward the information to the Director of Athletic Bands.

Media Interviews

MGF members are NOT permitted to grant interviews with news media (print, television, radio, internet, school news, etc.) regarding KSU Athletic Bands topics without specific permission from the Director of Athletic Bands (even if the comment is positive in nature or to “defend” the band program). When reporting the interview request to the Director of Athletic Bands, please include publication, reporter, & topic.

Social Media

MGF members are not permitted to post or allow others to post images of themselves engaging in any of the following on any picture-hosting and/or social media website:

  • ANY illegal activity

  • Underage alcohol consumption or possession

  • Irresponsible legal alcohol consumption

  • Illegal drug use or possession or abuse of legal drugs

  • Inappropriate state of undress

  • Any behavior that could reflect a negative image on the KSU Athletic Band program

  • Inappropriate use of the KSUMGF uniform or logos (see “UNIFORMS”)

Ad Hoc Performance Groups

MGF members are not permitted to perform under the guise of any Kent State University Band Ensemble without explicit permission from the Bands faculty.

Be Mindful of the

3 R’s

Your reputation is EARNED, not given to you.

You are what you DO, not what you SAY or THINK.
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The Marching Golden Flashes work as a well oiled machine during our rehearsals in order to perfect our performances. It is expected that all members understand and adhere to the following etiquette and rehearsal expectations and procedures:

  • Wear appropriate clothing - TENNIS SHOES (NO DRESS SHOES, SANDALS, FLIP-FLOPS, CROCS, ETC.). Jeans are NOT permitted for outdoor marching rehearsals. A ball cap or wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses are also strongly recommended.

  • Be the first, never the last, to rehearsal

  • “Early” is on time; “On time” is late – arrive at rehearsal at least 15 minutes early and warm up on your own until the attendance whistle is blown

  • Move to the Attendance Block at the 2-minute whistle. Fall into Parade Rest

  • Participate in 100% of all activities 100% of the time with 100% effort, focus, and intensity. This includes fitness, stretching, breathing activities, etc.

  • Instruments, cases, bags, etc. are to always be placed neatly and at least 10 yards off the sideline

  • Always have music, instruments, pencils, and drill at EVERY rehearsal (even Continuity rehearsals)

  • Wear appropriate clothing at all rehearsals

  • Demonstrate desire, spirit, and enthusiasm for learning, working, and contributing

  • Prepare and master your part of the performance in advance

  • “Only your BEST is good enough”

  • Refrain from making comments or carrying on a conversation during rehearsal

  • Maintain eye contact with the Staff or UGS in charge

  • Use “High Intensity Listening”

  • Be humble in your success. Demonstrate class in all situations

  • Turn work into play. Enjoy rehearsal regardless of the circumstances. Remember the band is only as good as your attitude and contributin.

  • Stop immediately when a cut-off is given or a move is completed

  • When cleaning drill, always begin in “minus one” and end in “plus one” unless otherwise instructed

  • Understand the need for repetition

  • Embrace the concept of “CHECK-ADJUST-MARK-LISTEN”

  • If you experience failure, analyze it and make a plan to improve the next time

  • Move with haste between rehearsal events

  • Staff and UGS will be called upon by the Director to fulfill numerous responsibilities. Some of these responsibilities may include setting drill, running sectionals, and insuring that rehearsals run smoothly. These students have been specially chosen for their high quality of marching and musicianship as well as for their character. Listen to ALL staff and UGS

  • You are responsible for your own spot

  • Rehearsal is a time to practice and prepare. Leave all Non-band issues off the field

  • Be flexible in rehearsal. Changes will occur daily to improve our performance effectiveness so be flexible, adjust, and make it happen.

  • Be courteous and respectful to all band staff and leadership at all times. They are required to treat you in a similar matter. Save all conflicts for a time when you can handle them privately. Resolve all conflicts within 24 hours.

  • Instructions will be given to you from both the tower and the field. When the instructions come from the tower, it is the priority and all other instruction should cease. Field instructions will be given when the tower is silent.

  • It is imperative that the director and leadership have your undivided attention during rehearsals. Therefore, any behavior such as talking, TEXTING OR OTHER SMART PHONE USE, listening to mp3 players, zoning out, etc. that might distract you from remaining fully engaged in the rehearsal is prohibited.

  • Always leave performance/rehearsal spaces in better shape than when you arrived.

  • See ATTENDANCE POLICY concerning tardies, absences and early departures

  • Perfect Practice makes Perfect. Practice at Performance level all the time.

  • Always count the subdivision loudly when cold running or working on fundamentals

  • Maximize!

Be WHERE you are supposed to be
WHEN you are supposed to be there
WITH the items you are supposed to have
Doing WHAT you are supposed to be doing
HOW you are supposed to be doing it.
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Game Day in the Marching Golden Flashes is what we live for. It is the main reason for existence as we serve to be the “Tip of the Bolt” in supporting our athletic teams. Whether we are up or down by 70 or going for the win on the last play, we will always be the most vocal, energetic, creative, and supportive fans our teams and fans will ever encounter. We do things big in the MGF-it’s part of what makes us so unique.


The exact schedule for each game will be posted the week preceding that game. The tentative Game Day Schedule is as follows:

7 am - Drumline, Tubas, Colorguard, R&P Committee, & Instruments Committee meet to unload truck
7:30 am – Drumline & Colorguard Warmups/UGS and Staff report
8 am - 10:30 am – Continuity Rehearsal
1.5 hours before Kickoff – Call Time/Uniform Inspection
45 min before Kickoff – Line up for Pregame
25 min before Kickoff - Pregame


  • We stay for the entire game

  • We stand the entire game

  • We play between all downs

  • We participate in 100% of all cheers, horn moves, etc. 100% of the time

  • We do everything with class and sportsmanship

  • We remain in FULL uniform at all times when in public unless instructed differently by the Director of Athletic Bands

  • 100% of the band plays 100% of the time we play

  • We play only what is on the page

  • We are ready to play at any given time. Frequent communication will be given via PA, dry erase boards, and/or hand signals

  • We start and end playing at the same time and when the conductor starts us off

  • After pre-game and half time performances, band members should quickly get to their spots in the stands. We want to be ready as quickly as possible to play music and cheer the Golden Flashes to victory and can’t do that if half the band is still wandering to their seats.

  • The band area of the stands is for the band only unless the Director of Athletic Bands says otherwise. Band members are to stay in the band area

  • Make sure any activity, conversation, etc. does not distract you from your number one priority for the game: to play music at any given moment.

  • All visuals and sectional cheers will be determined by the section leaders and Spirit Committee

  • Cell phones are not to be used when the band is playing or performing

  • When in the stands, you may not leave unless you have a restroom emergency in which case you should notify your section leader and return as soon as possible. Only 2 members of each section may be allowed to be gone at any time.

  • Talking on the field during a performance is not permitted for any reason.

  • Eating in the stands will only be done at the discretion of the staff. Members are NOT permitted to leave the stands during the game to visit the concession areas unless given permission to do so by the Director of Athletic Bands

  • We are all dismissed at the end of the game as a group


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Travel is one of the finest experiences about membership in the KSU Marching Golden Flashes. On trips, the band serves as an ambassador of the entire KSU band division, the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, Kent State University, the city of Kent, and sometimes the state of Ohio and even the United States. Normally the mere presence of the band attracts attention. When the impression left behind is good, the chances are very high that students will become interested in KSU as their choice for continuing their education.


Accommodations for the MGF will be in hotels/motels on most trips. Regardless of the accommodations, members are expected to follow the KSU codes of student conduct, MGF Policies and Procedures, as well as proper ethical behavior. Nothing but impeccable conduct will be tolerated.

In some cases, meals will be provided. When this is not possible or practical, students will be given a per diem based on the State of Ohio and university regulations.

  • Students will sign up for roommates prior to departure. You will be required to stay with the roommates you have been assigned during the course of the trip.

  • Students will sign up for buses prior to departure. You will be required to stay on the bus you have been assigned during the course of the trip.

  • During most trips, the marching band travels by bus. In some cases, students may be permitted to travel to or from venues by their own means of transportation. Students who request to do so MUST fill out a Travel Deviation Form found on the MEMBERS ONLY website prior to the date of travel before they will be permitted to make alternate arrangements. NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • Students will not be dismissed from any part of the travel until bus captains have given permission to do so.

  • All venues, whether bus, rehearsal space, eating area, rest area, performance space, etc. must be thoroughly clean and neat before receiving permission to be dismissed.

  • Upon arrival at sites, the only students allowed to get off the bus are the staff, bus captains, and assigned student leadership. These people will receive directions to give to the buses before disembarking.

  • Violation of any Conduct rules may result in immediate dismissal from the band at which time the student will be required to arrange transportation back to campus at their own expense.

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It is a policy of the KSU Marching Golden Flashes that all members participate in any university sanctioned bowl game activity as part of the course requirements. While every attempt is made to plan these trips as early as possible, the ultimate destination relies solely on the football team’s record and the invitation by the bowl committee. In cases when KSU is playing in the MAC championship game, the bowl destination will not be decided until early December. All personal plans for travel, vacation, etc. between the end of the fall and beginning of the spring semester should be tentative until the bowl game is announced. Post-season activities are subject to the attendance and grading policies outlined in the Marching Golden Flashes handbook.

Complete list of possible KSU Marching Golden Flashes bowl games

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, AL) Dec 19

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, ID) Dec 22

Boca Raton Bowl (Boca Raton, FL) Dec 22

GoDaddy Bowl (Mobile, AL) Dec 23

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl (Nassau, Bahamas) Dec 24

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Dec 31

Goodyear Cotton Bowl (Arlington, TX) Dec 31

Capital One Orange Bowl (Miami Gardens, FL) Dec 31

Fiesta Bowl (Glendale AZ) Jan 1

National Championship (Glendale, AZ) Jan 11
*MANDATORY attendance for Bowl games will include up to 4 days BEFORE the game date and up to 2 days AFTER the game date.

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Perfect attendance is considered the norm. Band demands on your time are published in advance and members should make the necessary arrangements to be at all required functions. Serious illness, death in the family, marriage in the immediate family, religious obligations, academic responsibilities, and career interviews are the ONLY excused absences. An excused absence does not affect an individual’s grade but may affect performance status.


Because of the demanding performance schedule and short amount of rehearsal time, students are expected to be on time at all rehearsals. Attendance will be taken PROMPTLY at the posted call time for every event. Attendance records will be posted every Monday during the season. It is the responsibility of the student to be aware of your absence and grade situation.


Sectional rehearsals for Drumline and Auxiliary groups are required and follow the same rules and expectations as Regular Rehearsals.


Each member is allowed one free rehearsal absence to be used at his/her discretion during the season. Any further absences will result in the lowering of your final grade by one letter for each subsequent absence. Once the free absences is used up, no further “excused” absences will be granted.

Members may petition to have any absences beyond their one free one to not count adversely against their grade. Petitions for excused absences due to EXTREME and UNAVOIDABLE circumstances must be presented to Dr. Franklin within one week of your return to rehearsal. In most cases, emergencies must be documented by the hospital, doctor, or authorities to receive consideration for excusal.
Attending rehearsal or performance without your instrument, drill, music, or appropriate attire will also be considered an unexcused absence.
Do not schedule doctor’s appointments, lessons, hearings, academic meetings, etc. during rehearsal hours.

Game Day Rehearsals are held in Dix Stadium. Students arriving more than 15 minutes late may not march that game at the discretion of the Band Director. The offending member may also be relegated to alternate status for the following game. This will be considered an unexcused absence. Arriving late but prior to 15 minutes will be considered a normal tardy.


If any member is absent from or significantly tardy to the last regular rehearsal prior to a game (i.e. Friday afternoon’s rehearsal before a Saturday game) or from the game day continuity rehearsal, they may not be allowed to perform on the field with the band that game. A second such absence may result in losing your permanent spot in the drill.


Attendance is taken promptly at the posted call time for every rehearsal, performance , and event. The field commanders will give a warning whistle 2 minutes prior to attendance block. Members must be in their assigned attendance block spot by the 2nd whistle or you will be considered tardy.

Members who are tardy or leave rehearsal early are required to sign in or out on the tardy board posted on the director’s observation tower. This must be done before the end of rehearsal or the tardy will be recorded as an absence. Members who leave rehearsal early without signing out will be marked absent for that particular rehearsal. Petitions to not have a tardy beyond your first follow the same guidelines as stated in the absence policy. Any tardies beyond 15 minutes after the call time will be considered absences unless there are mitigating circumstances.
The tardy policy is:
0-2 tardies = no penalty

Every tardy after the second one = ½ of an absence

Band members are allowed to miss up to a certain amount of rehearsal per week for the SOLE reason of conflict with other regularly scheduled KSU classes or labs. This policy exists so that students are able to take classes they need for their major without having to withdraw from participating in marching band. This policy DOES NOT allow students to miss for any activities related to another class (such as observations, clinic experiences, extra lessons, etc.) but are not part of the schedule as outlined by the registrar. Band members may miss up to but no more than the following amount of rehearsal each week:

3rd & 4th year members – no more than 1 hour/wk

1st & 2nd year members – no more than 45 min/wk
Procedure for obtaining permission to miss rehearsal due to class conflicts:

  1. Complete the Class Conflict Form no later than 6 p.m. on Friday, September 4

  2. Confirm with the Band Office Staff PRIOR to the rehearsal from which you have requested leave.

  3. Follow procedures for signing the board for excused tardies/early departures.

Members with class conflict-related tardies will be held accountable to the information filled out on the form. Any member arriving later than the agreed upon time will fall under the same guidelines as a regular tardy.

Music groups exist to perform for audiences. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that you are in attendance at each performance. This often means you have to miss an event back home or elsewhere which you heretofore thought extremely important (like your high school’s homecoming or a competition with the high school band you work with). Excused absences will be permitted only for EXTREME and UNAVOIDABLE circumstances. In some cases, members may petition to be excused from a performance due to once-in-lifetime event. Each request will be addressed on a case-by-case basis with final decision made by Dr. Franklin. Unexcused absences include but are not limited to most non-KSU performances, work, vacations, etc. Policies for obtaining excused tardies/early departures/absences for performances follow those for rehearsals.

Any unexcused absence from a performance will result in a semester grade of F as well as immediate dismissal from the Marching Golden Flashes


  1. Complete a Planned Absence Request Form no later than 6 p.m. on Friday, September 4.

  2. Confirm with the Band Office Staff in PRIOR to the rehearsal/performance from which you have requested leave.

  3. If you have an ongoing class conflict that will prohibit you from being at rehearsal on time, you must fill out a Class Conflict Form.


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