Department of Music

The Marching Captains

The Marching Captains are a high-energy, corps-style marching band that perform at all Christopher Newport home football games, events throughout Hampton Roads, Virginia and around the world. Notable performances include the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, the New Years Day Parade in London, a performance of the national anthem at a Washington Nationals baseball game and the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland.

At over 200 members, the Marching Captains are one of the largest NCAA Division III marching bands in the country. The band is composed of students from all disciplines around campus, and all CNU students are welcome to join. Auditions for the Marching Captains occur on the first day of band camp, which is held one week before classes begin in the fall semester. Information regarding band camp is distributed during the Setting Sail freshman orientation sessions held in the summer.

As a Marching Captain, you will earn college credit for each semester that you participate by registering for MUSC 112 Marching Band. Successful completion of three semesters as a Marching Captain meets the creative expressions liberal learning requirement for graduation.

Request More Information

In order to join the Marching Captains for the 2020 season, you must:

  1. Apply and be accepted to Christopher Newport.
  2. Once accepted, contact the Office of the Registrar to register for MUSC 112 (Marching Band). Please do so by Friday, July 10.
  3. Attend the online information session on July 8, 2020, at 5 p.m.

    Join Meeting
    Password: CNU2024

    You can also join the meeting by telephone. Dial +1 929 205 6099, +1 301 715 8592, or +1 312 626 6799.
    Webinar ID: 817 7224 6159
    Password: 4968737
  4. Attend Band Camp.

Band Camp will be August 12-22, and we have a graduated move-in schedule:

  • Wednesday, August 12 - all percussion and all color guard
  • Thursday, August 13 - all upperclassmen (sophomores-seniors)
  • Friday, August 14 - all freshman woodwinds and brass

As stated earlier, more detailed information regarding Band Camp will be distributed at the online session on July 8 as well as via your CNU email after the session. Please email Dr. Lopez if you have any questions at

Date Event
November 2019 Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade, Chicago, IL
March 2016 St. Patrick's Day Parade, Dublin, Ireland
August 2015 Marching Captains surpass the 200 member mark
August 2013 Performed the National Anthem for a Washington Nationals baseball game
January 2012 London New Year's Day Parade, London, England
December 2010 Virginia Beach Christmas Parade, Virginia Beach, VA
September 2010 Denbigh Day Parade (Denbigh is a community within Newport News)
November 2008 ABC/IKEA Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, Philadelphia, PA
December 2007 Richmond Christmas Parade
September 2007 Denbigh Day Parade
April 2007 Atlantic Indoor Association Championships 1st Place/Gold Medal Drumline and Atlantic Indoor Association Championships 3rd Place/Bronze Medal Winter Guard – Collegiate Champions
December 2006 First parade performance at the Richmond Christmas Parade, Richmond, VA
October 2006 Marching Captains perform at their first away game at Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA
October 2006 Marching Captains' first exhibition outside Hampton Roads in Stafford, VA
April 2006 Atlantic Indoor Association Championships 3rd Place / Bronze Medal Discovery Winter Guard – Collegiate Champions
January 2006 CNU Winter Drumline is organized and competes in the Atlantic Indoor Association
October 2005 Marching Captains perform in exhibition at their first high school marching band contest at Todd Stadium in Newport News, VA
August 2005 Marching Captains enrollment goes over the 100-member mark
January 2005 Discover Winter Guard is organized and competes in the Atlantic Indoor Association
October 2004 The Marching Captains give their first performance off campus at the Oyster Bowl in Hampton, VA
September 2004 The Marching Captains debut at the CNU football season opener with 71 members
August 2004 The first Marching Captains Band Camp

Fight for CNU our Captains,
Fight for the University!
Our pride and loyalty are with you,
Lead us onto victory!

With passion for our Alma Mater,
We fight for the silver and the blue.
So lead us onto greater glories,
Fight, fight, fight for CNU!

Knowledge, truth, eternal wisdom,
Alma Mater we adore.
Your sons and daughters walk the pathway
Trod by those who came before.

With passion, loyalty, and courage,
We wave the silver and the blue.
Our Alma Mater shining brightly,
Hail, all hail, to CNU.

Download the fight song and alma mater

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