The Olivet Nazarene University marching band is one of the most popular groups on campus. Their breathtaking field performances range from classic movie and television themes to pop music. Before they even play their first note, the sheer size of the band is enough to wow audiences. Every fall, nearly 200 Marching Tigers take the field, comprising one of the largest marching bands at any Christian college in the nation.
Excellence takes hard work and dedication, which is why each member of the Olivet Nazarene University Marching Band receives a $2,500 scholarship, assuming the musician also remains in the concert band for the spring semester.
From Washington D.C. to London, the Marching Tigers have performed at some of the most prestigious events around the world. In 2016, they played in the New Year’s Parade for the Queen of England. In 2017, they were the only college marching band from Illinois to perform at the Presidential Inauguration in our nation’s capital. In 2020, the Marching Tigers performed in the New Year's Day Parade in Rome, Italy.
The Marching Tigers are led by Dr. Matthew Stratton, who has participated in the ceremonies for the World Cup, Summer Olympics and an MLB All-Star game. He has been associated with premier organizations within the marching arts for 25 years. His list of professional affiliations includes Bluecoats, Rhythm X, Bands of America, Ultimate Drill Book and the Yamaha Band and Orchestra Corporation of America.
Dr. Stratton holds a bachelor's of music in music education from State University of New York at Fredonia, a master's of music in tuba performance and a Doctor of Music degree in brass pedagogy from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lamda, International Tuba and Euphonium Association, and the College Band Directors National Association.