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. Each fall, nearly 200 Marching Tigers take the field, comprising one of the largest marching bands at any Christian college in the nation.
To be the best 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 at 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.
The Marching Tigers are led by Dr. Matthew Stratton, who has participated in the ceremonies for the World Cup, Summer Olympics and a Major League All-Star game. He has performed with Harvey Phillips TUBACOMPANY AND TUBASANTAS, and was a founding member and principal tuba of the Southern Indiana Wind Ensemble.
Dr. Stratton holds a B.M. in Music Education from State University of New York College at Fredonia, an M.M. in Tuba Performance and a D.M. in Brass Pedagogy from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the International Jazz Association for Music Education, and the International Tuba and Euphonium Association.