YSU Marching Pride

Trumpet player in Marching Pride

The Youngstown State University “Marching Pride” is one of the most visible organizations on campus. Comprised of students from across campus, from engineering, nursing and music majors, a musical home can be found for all Penguins.

The Director of Athletic Bands and the Marching Pride is Dr. Brandt Payne (bpayne@ysu.edu) while the director of bands at YSU is Dr. Stephen L. Gage.

Payne is also an Assistant Professor of Music for the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State. Dr. Payne’s previous academic appointments include Associate Director of Bands at the University of Hawai’i and interim Associate Director of Bands and studio trombone teacher for one year at the University of Wyoming. Payne also taught in the Red Oak Public Schools in Red Oak, Iowa.

At the University of Hawai’i he directed the Warrior Marching Band and the Symphonic Band, and taught courses in conducting, and music education. In 2006, under Payne’s direction, the University of Hawai’i Marching Band was one of five marching bands from across the country selected for presentation at the College Band Director’s National Association National Conference. Also in 2008, for the second time in school history the Hawai’i Marching Band performed on the mainland at the 2008 Sugar Bowl.

At Wyoming, Payne took the Western Thunder Marching Band to the 2004 Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl.

A native of Iowa, Dr. Payne holds a Bachelor of Music degree in trombone performance and teacher certification from the University of Iowa and a Master of Music degree in trombone performance from Arizona State University. He recently completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting at Arizona State University.

Active as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician, Payne is also the author of several literature and recording reviews that have been published in the International Trombone Association Journal. Dr. Payne’s articles have also appeared in music education journals as well.

Before home games, the band performs a pre-game “Ice Breaker” concert outside the Southeast corner of Stambaugh Stadium 75 minutes prior to kickoff. On various occasions, area high school bands take part in the performance.

Each year, the Marching Pride performs at home games to help cheer on the Penguins football team. In addition, the band has hosted and performed for the Bands of America Regional events held at Stambaugh Stadium, as well as recent away games at the University of Pittsburgh (2005, 2009 and 2012), Penn State University (2006, 2010), The Ohio State University (2007 and 2008), the University of Illinois (2014) and Michigan State University (2011).

Following the win over Pittsburgh in 2012, The Marching Pride had Penguins fans rocking at Heinz Field. Battling the rain the band, players, cheerleaders and fans all gathered in the corner of the stadium following win in what was one of the most memorable sights in school history.

The band has performed on broadcasts of ESPN and CBS as it traveled to football championships with the 1991, 1993, 1994, and 1997 NCAA FCS National Championship Penguin football teams; and, in 1992 and 1999, when the Penguins were the FCS runners-up.

The band has also performed for the Cleveland Browns (2006), and Buffalo Bills of the National Football League.

For more information regarding the YSU Marching Pride, visit the University Band website at ysubands.org/marching_pride, or call Brandt Payne at (330) 941-1834 or email at bpayne@ysu.edu

The drumline of the YSU Marching Pride is sponsored by the Remo Drum Corporation and Pro-Mark Percussion. We thank them for their generous support.

The YSU Marching Pride thanks Mr. Denny Biviano and Motter’s Music in Canfield for their continued support. Also, the band is forever indebted to the generosity of the late Mrs. Helen Stambaugh for providing uniforms and an endowed scholarship.

2018 Majorettes and Feature Twirlers


Featured Twirlers: Melanie Walent and Brooke Schaefers. Front Row (From Left): Marissa Snyder, Rachel Norris, Jenna Parkany, Gianna Pesce, Alyssa Crump, Victoria Bevan, Natalie Toro. Back Row (From Left): Harlie Silberman, Angela Toro, Jordan Angelo, Michaela Huber, Vanessa Reilly, Daelyn Lazor, Dominique Fortunato, Georganna Norris.