Dowagiac Chieftain Marching Band
The Dowagiac Chieftain Marching Band consists of students from grades 9-12 and is the most visible ensemble of the Dowagiac Bands. The Dowagiac Chieftain Marching Band is a member of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) and competes in the Scholastic Marching Band (SMB) circuit. The marching band is classified as a class C school and competes against other class C schools from across the state.
In the fall the marching band performs at home football games, the Dowagiac homecoming parade, the MSBOA District VI Marching Festival, and usually five competitions in the SMB circuit. In the spring the band travels to St. Joe to perform in the BlossomTime Parade. Every four years the marching band travels to Disney World to perform in the premier "Disney Performing Arts OnStage" parade down Main St. USA in the Magic Kingdom.
The marching band is not an auditioned group except for the drumline, colorguard, and student leadership positions. The marching band marches every instrument except oboe and bassoon. Student's that play these instruments are given the choice to play a secondary instrument (usually the instrument they started on in sixth grade) or to join the sideline percussion or colorguard.
The Dowagiac Chieftain Marching Band has a rich tradition of excellence and is one of the most decorated organizations on campus. The marching band has received a Division I rating (the highest rating) at the MSBOA marching festival this past year and is looking to make that a standard. At marching competitions, the band has received high placements and a few caption awards for marching and visual presentation.