In 2004 the hardest working band in Wisconsin teamed up with the hardest working man in show business to bring audiences the music of James Brown. The Blugold Marching Band took its new funk factory image to a higher level. A major component of the band's makeover was the addition of the band's makeover was the addition of a new dance line. Six members of the University Dance Team joined the BMB to enhance the James Brown theme. Alongside the dancers was a new star in the BMB crown - featured twirler, Emily Schneider. The musical program included excerpts from many of James Browns' hits. The opener was a combination of Gotta Gimme Some More and Papa's Got a Brand New Bag. For a middle number the BMB combined Its a Man's World with Georgia on My Mind, a Ray Charles ballad that James Brown often performed. The finale featured two of James Brown's greatest hits, I Got You and Living in America, then closed with a brief reprise of Georgia.
2003 "Old School Michael Jackson"
The 2003 season was dubbed "Bigger and Better Than Ever!" with good reason. It was the first time the Blugold Marching Band topped 100 students. It also marked the beginning of a new era in BMB energy.
2002 "Hits of the 70's"
The musical program for the 2002 season included We Are the Champions, 25 or 6 to 4, We Will Rock You, and Mr. Roboto
The band updated its image in 2003 by replacing its 17 year old uniform accessories with more modern ones, including new capes, shoulder braids, plumes, and shoulder patch.
The Michael Jackson show featured many of Michael's hits but concentrated on his earlier years from Jackson Five through the 1980's. The opener contained excerpts from I'll Be There, Don't Stop til You Get Enough, and Billie Jean. The middle tune was Michael's power ballad "Man in the Mirror." The show closed with a combination of two of Michael's most popular songs, "Beat It," and "PYT."
2001 "Tower of Power"
The musical program for the Tower of Power show was Soul With a Capital "S" followed by a percussion feature and What is Hip?
Past Seasons ...
The '05 Blugold Marching Band season was undeniably the best season to that point as the BMB performed at four Blugold football games, two contest exhibitions, the EC North vs EC Memorial game, and the Parade of Nations. BMB membership stood at all all-time high of 171 members.
Carson Park was the scene of one giant Miami - South Beach party when the Blugold Marching Band took the field. It was the most fun season ever as the BMB partied to the beat of Turn the Beat Around, Everlasting Love, Get On Your Feet, 1-2-3, Reach, and Oye. The 2005 season was also the beginning of a new BMB tradition - staged choreography in sections and pull-out dance groups.
The 2006 season featured the BMB's highest energy performance yet. The music of Aerosmith rocked not only the 192 member BMB but the crowd as well. The performance schedule included trips to Irondale, Chippewa Falls, and the Youth in Music Championships in the Minneapolis Metrodome.
2006 "Shut Up and Dance!" The Music of Aerosmith
Opener: Dude (Looks Like a Lady), Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees), Janie's Got a Gun
Production: Love in an Elevator, Just Push Play
Ballad: Dream On
Closer: Shut Up and Dance, Walk This Way
2007"What's Hot" A Collection of Popular Music From Around The World
In 2007 the Blugold Marching Band performed in 2 US states, 8 cities, and 4 countries for combined audiences of more than 200,000 people. The "What's Hot" theme was designed for international audiences in Italy, Greece, and Vatican City. The band performed field exhibitions in Chippewa Falls, Waukesha, and the Metrodome then premiered its stage show in Zorn Arena before taking it to Vatican City, Rome, Florence, and Athens.
Opener: Bat Country
Production: Yassou Maria
Ballad: If You Were Here
Closer: Lola, Lola
2000 "Show Without a Name"
Fall of 2000 was Dickerson's first year at UWEC and the handfull of people signed up for marching band weren't sure what they were in for. No one knew the personnel roster until the first day of classes so the band had to begin designing the first show at the first rehearsal. There were 36 wind players and 13 drummers. Drum majors and color guard members were chosen on the spot and the musical program was selected. The band was ambitious enough to attempt two difficult arrangements ("Pegasus" and "Children of Sanchez) but never got beyond a few simple drill moves.
In 2008 the BMB gave more performances than ever before including shows in Chicago, Minneapolis, Green Bay, Chippewa Falls, Menomonie, and five appearances on campus. A record breaking 232 BMB members rocked out to classic rock tunes that had the audiences singing along.
Guns 'n RosesOpener: Welcome to the Jungle
Kansas Production: Carry On Wayward Son
Styx Production: Renegade, Mr. Roboto, Come Sail Away
Bon Jovi Closer: You Give Love a Bad Name, Bad Medicine, Livin' on a Prayer
2009 "Get Your Groove On: Music Your Can Dance To"
2009 was another record breaking year in terms of total enrollment (272), number of applications (300+), and variety of performances. After a full home season, members of the BMB travelled to Europe where they performed stage shows in Venice, at Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Kool & the Gang Opener: Celebrate, Get Down On It, Jungle Boogie
2010 was an exciting season as the BMB added several new venues to its already full peformance slate. The band traveled to North Central College (IL) for its first away game since 2004 and performed at the Warrens Cranberry Festival. One of the highlights of the season was the halftime show for the Minnesota Vikings vs Miami Dolphins game in September.
2011 "Music of the Decades"
The 2011 season included five Blugold games, exhibitions in Naperville (IL), Menomonie (WI), and the Youth in Music (MN). added a new demension that will become a regular activity on the BMB schedule - cruising! After a full regular season of football games, contest exhibitions, and a trip to Chicago 170 of the 300 BMB members traveled to Rome where they boarded a cruise ship and set sail for Greece, Turkey, and Israel. Members of the BMB were featured performers on the Costa Serena cruise ship where they played three concerts to capacity crowds (seating 1350) and standing ovations.
Ricky Martin Opener: She Bangs, Livin' da Vida Loca
Shakira Production: Hips Don't Lie, Wheneve Wherever
Gloria Estefan Production: Conga
Enrique Iglesias Closer: Bialamos, Rhythm Devine
1970s, Journey: Anyway You Want it, Don't Stop Believing, Separate Ways
1980s, Michael Jackson: Bad, Thriller
1990s, Smashmouth: Walking on the Sun, AllStar
2000s, Beyonce: Survivor, Say My Name, Single Ladies, Crazy in Love
2012 was the most exciting season yet for the BMB. The band performed four Blugold home games, a parade and stage show at the Eau Claire International Festival, an exhibition at Music Along the Chippewa contest, and another exhibition at the Youth in Music Grand Championships in the HHH Metrodome. The finale came in late October with a trip to St. Louis, Missouri to perform at the Bands of America (BOA) Super Regionals. The BMB was one of just two collegiate bands invited to BOA St Louis and performed to what may be the most enthusiastic and responsive audiences in BMB history. Over 9,000 high school students and fans stood and cheered continously throughout the show.
Enrique Iglesias Opener: I Like It
Jennifer Lopez Production: Let's Get Loud, On the Floor, Papi
2014 moved in a new direction for the BMB, culminating in a special exhibition performance at the Bands of America Super Regionals in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indaianpolis. In addition to the four Blugold home games and parade/stage show at the Eau Claire International Festival the BMB performed a record number of high school exhibitions including Chippewa Falls, Cumberland, and Youth in Music. The BMB was also the focus of more media attention than ever with the production of the documentary
"Pride AND Performance" and a nationally syndicated segment on "The Real Winning Edge" that featured our solo twirler Briar Swann.
The 2013 season was packed full of excitement including Blugold home games, high school football games at EC North and Chippewa Falls, and contest exhibitions at Cumberland, Lincoln-Way Illinois, and Youth in Music. The BMB was also thrilled to perform at the Chancellor James Schmidt's inauguration in November. At the end of the regular season members of the BMB flew to Tokyo where they spent two vacation days before proceeding to Singapore to begin a Performance Cruise Tour aboard Royal Carrbbean's Mariner of the Seas. The BMB was a featured performing act on the roundtrip passage to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Phukett, Thailand.
Bruno Mars Opener: Locked out of Heaven
Fall Out Boy: My Song's Know What You Did in the Dark