Honors Projects


This report outlines the findings from a study conducted of the income and budgets of college marching bands for the 2017-2018 academic year. The study was conducted with members of the College Band Directors National Association using their Athletic Band listserv. Participants were asked questions about their marching band’s income, expenditures, use of development funds, and their school and band’s demographics. The data is then analyzed to highlight trends within the data, and to generate recommendations for how marching bands can improve their budgets. Study limitations are also discussed.

Existing literature surrounding funding and budgeting issues is also reviewed, including articles on funding for specific marching bands, articles on funding and budgeting for high school music ensembles, and budgeting issues for colleges and universities from an administrative perspective. Knowledge gathered from this literature is then applied to analyzing the data gathered from the study to help form better conclusions and recommendations.



First Advisor

Dr. Michael T. King

First Advisor Department

Music Education

Second Advisor

Brian D. Rohrs

Second Advisor Department

Accounting and Management Information Systems

Publication Date

Spring 5-10-2019