The Spirit of Stony Brook Marching Band invites middle school and high school students to be members of the band twice a year. Band Day is celebrated once during football season and once during basketball season to give these students a real feel of what it is like to be a part of marching band as well as pep band. Students will perform a song on the field with the band during its halftime performance at a football game and will play music in the stands throughout a whole basketball game.
To wrap up the year, a Band Banquet is held in the spring semester. Band staff, members, family as well as University friends and partners are invited to enjoy the night together. Many students are honored during this night for their contribution to the band, musicianship, leadership, spirit and academic excellence. Prestigious awards include the John. J. Leddy Director's Award; the Shirley Strum Kenny Founders Award; Stephen Stakey Unsung Hero Award; Flair Award and Section of the Year.