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Rich in tradition, the Golden Eagle Marching Band is an explosive group of 85-100 musicians and is recognized as one of the most entertaining university bands in Pennsylvania. The band includes students of all majors throughout the university. The students arrive one week prior to the start of the fall semester to learn and memorize their music and drill for pregame and halftime. The ensemble rehearses on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 4:00-5:50 PM.

The Golden Eagle Marching Band performs at home and western division away football games, leads the Clarion Autumn Leaf Festival Parade, and has been featured at numerous high school band marching band competitions and festivals. The band’s repertoire ranges from classic to contemporary and includes traditional school songs. The Band is led on the field by two drum majors and the Golden Girl who is the feature baton twirler.

Walter Hart, a successful public school teacher, organized the Golden Eagle Marching Band in 1941.  The band lasted only a year before disbanding because of the outbreak of World War II.  With the student population growing after the war, Hart reorganized the band in 1947 with 28 members.  Hart continued as band director until 1958 when William McDonald was added to the music department staff.

McDonald continued in the position until 1960 when Dr. James Bruno succeeded him. Bruno relinquished his band duties after one year, when rising enrollment forced him to devote his time to heading the music department.

Dr. Stanley Michalski Jr. was hired in 1961 and directed the band for 31 years until his retirement in 1992.  Michalski was succeeded by Susan Cresap, who led the GEMB for one year.  Dr. Stephen Johnson led the band for two years, and Dr Jeffrey Macomber led the band in 1995. Dr. Casey Teske took charge of the band from 1996 until 2001 and Dr. Lawrence Wells led the band from 2002 until 2003. Dr. Hubert Toney Jr. led the band from 2004 until 2013.