For over 70 years, the Cardinal Marching Band has proudly represented the University of Louisville as the most visible ensemble at the School of Music, performing live for over half a million spectators each year. Creating vibrant game day traditions for Cardinal fans is at the core of the CMB, which performs at all UofL Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium home football games, select away games and all bowl games. The CMB has been the “Official Band for the KY Derby” since 1936 and has received national recognition through features on ESPN, ABC World News Tonight, Oprah, Sports Illustrated, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and the NFL Network. Additionally, the CMB has performed at 19 bowl games including the Citrus, Music City, Russell Athletic, Sugar, Orange, Liberty, Belk, Beef O’ Brady’s, Gator, GMAC, Humanitarian, Motor City, Fiesta, Pasadena and Sun Bowl.
In 2011, Dr. Amy I. Acklin was appointed as the Associate Director of Bands & Marching Band Director. Mark J. Lynn served as Assistant Director of Bands and Assistant Marching Band Director from 2011-2016. Jason Cumberledge was appointed Interim Assistant of Bands and Assistant Marching Band Director in 2016. Dr. Frederick Speck, Director of Bands, has overseen and provided vision and direction for the program since 1995. Members of the CMB proudly represent some of the finest students at the University of Louisville and surrounding Kentuckiana Metroversity institutions. The CMB is an auditioned ensemble that performs a variety of music throughout the season as well as a new half-time show for every football game. Every member of the CMB receives a scholarship to perform with the ensemble. There are additional awards for the official CMB Bugler and Feature Twirler. Rehearsals take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (Fall Only) from 4:30pm-6:30pm at the Patrick Henry Hughes Field.