Tulane University Bands

The Spirit of the Green Wave

Tulane University Marching Band

In the Spring of 2006 amidst an emotional city still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, a young band with brand-new uniforms marched down the street along the route of the Krewe of Alla. This group brought hope and a sense that the future may still be bright. That was the birth of the Tulane University Marching Band.

The Spirit of the Green Wave

The TUMB performs at every Tulane University Green Wave football home game in the brand-new Yulman Stadium, invitational bowl games, and some away games. It also marches in some of the biggest New Orleans Mardi Gras parades each year. For a detailed history of the band, visit our HISTORY page!

The TUMB performs a halftime show at every home game, including a joint performance with the Alumni Band at Homecoming, and an annual Band Day performance with several area schools. There are typically 3-4 shows per year that are based around a central theme. 2016's theme is "Legends."

TUMB vs Memphis, Fall 2016. Photo by Zack Smith Photography

New Orleans musical traditions run deep within the TUMB. The primary focus is entertainment at the highest level! The TUMB begins each Gameday with a parade through Tulane's Uptown campus from Newcomb Hall through the two main tailgating quads, stopping for a pep rally in front of the pop-up stage on LBC Quad, then down McAlister Drive to the brand-new Yulman Stadium. This state-of-the-art LEED-certified facility has been the home of the Green Wave and TUMB since 2014 and provides an incredible venue and rehearsal facility for the marching band! The band runs onto the field for the traditional pregame show after the video "Here Comes the TUMB" plays on Yulman Stadium's 94-by-24-foot video board, then proceeds to the stands for all four quarters of the game, returning to the field to perform one of their many innovative halftime shows.

 

Mardi Gras

TUMB in Krewe of Endymion, Mardi Gras 2017. Photo by Zack Smith Photography

TUMB in Krewe of Endymion, Mardi Gras 2017. Photo by Zack Smith Photography

The Tulane University Marching Band is the only collegiate marching band to annually perform in some of the biggest New Orleans Mardi Gras parades. Carnival season begins on the Eve of the Epiphany (January 6th), and lasts until Mardi Gras Day. Parades and festivals dot the weekends leading up to the final weekend where there are parades every night from Wednesday before Mardi Gras all the way up through Tuesday. As New Orleans's only collegiate marching band, the TUMB has participated in parades such as Le Krewe d'Etat, the Krewe of Thoth, the Krewe of Pygmalion, the Krewe of Bacchus, and the Krewe of Rex, among many others. New Orleans parades are attended by millions of people from all around the world and the TUMB is proud to be a part of such an incredible city-wide celebration!

Mardi Gras parades are not your typical parade! The TUMB rolls down the street with our Shockwave dance team, color guard, band proper, and battery percussion sections followed by the official Volkswagen Bus of the TUMB. Don't expect to see the band in military ranks because they get down and dirty, dancing to drum cadences and playing some of New Orleans' funkiest music directly into the crowd! Watch for the official parade throws of the TUMB, annual-themed doubloons thrown by staff and parade chaperones! So Grab a slice of King Cake (avoid the baby!), head down to your spot (sidewalk or neutral ground?), and you'll see the TUMB as they are every year dancing by and "playing you somethin' mister!"

High-Profile Appearances

The TUMB is frequently invited to participate in high-profile events in and around New Orleans. Most recently, the TUMB was featured on the acclaimed CBS drama, NCIS: New Orleans, during Carnival season 2015. They have also appeared on Fox & Friends in 2013, Wheel Of Fortune's College Week in 2011, and in the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl XLIV Victory Parade in 2010.