The Kiltie Band-Office of The Dean - Carnegie Mellon University

The Kiltie Band

The Kiltie Band began in 1908 with a group of just seven students and now consists of well over 130 members. The Band took the field for its first official performance on November 25th, 1922 on what would have been Andrew Carnegie’s 87th birthday.

The Kiltie Marching Band consists of musicians and colorguard and plays at all Carnegie Mellon home football games. There is a new show every week with music ranging from traditional marches and oldies to current pop tunes and jazz standards.

After football season, the Kiltie Concert Band plays a holiday concert and two spring concerts, including a performance at Carnegie Mellon’s Spring Carnival. Additionally, a part of the band gets together and acts as a pep band for the basketball teams.

Membership is open to all members of the campus/community without audition. Participants must do their best to promote the success of the ensemble through attendance, attitude, and dependability.

FAQs

Q: When are rehearsals?
A: Football season: Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and Game Day 9:30-11:00a.m. Concert Season: Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Q: When are performances?
A: The Kiltie Band performs at five home football games, a holiday concert, and two spring concerts. Times and dates for all performances is announced at the first practice.

Q: Are there auditions?
A: No, any member of the campus community with music experience is able to join the Kiltie Band!

Q: Do I have to memorize music?
A: No, the music is changed for every show. You should invest in a good and trusty lyre.

Q: When is the first rehearsal?
A: On the first day of class (Monday) at 5:30 p.m. If you have questions regarding the location, please email the officers at kiltie-1@lists.andrew.cmu.edu

Q: Can I borrow a school instrument?
A: There are mellophones, baritone horns, sousaphones, baritone saxes and percussion instruments all available for your use. Loans begin at 4:30 p.m. before the first rehearsal. 

Q: What do they wear under those kilts?
A: Join and you’ll find out!

The Kiltie Band is a student organization administered by the Office of Student Affairs and funded in part by the Student Activities fee. For more information, visit the Kiltie Band website.

Interested in Joining?

Please email the following information to Kiltie Band Director Paul Gerlach.

  • Name
  • High School
  • Address at Carnegie Mellon (if known)
  • Home address
  • Cell number
  • Home number
  • Whether you plan on being in the band or colorguard
  • Whether you need to borrow an instrument or equipment

The Kiltie Band is not your typical college band. Read more about 'the band without pants'

To see and hear the band in action, visit our YouTube channel.

Still have questions?

Leave a message on the band room answering machine at 412-268-8129 or email Kiltie Band Director Paul Gerlach.