The Harvard Band is entirely student-run, from the writing of halftime shows to the arrangements of music to administrative work and financial planning. The five members of the Band's Student Leadership (aka "Senior Staff") make sure the Band is in the right place at the right time—all the time.
Besides the five Senior Staff positions, there are over 20 other staff positions to make sure that the finer details of the Band's operations don't slip through any cracks. New members are eligible to run for a staff position after their first football season—in fact, most of the positions are held by first-years and sophomores—and it is a great way to serve as a leader in an organization very early in your Harvard career.
The Band fields all types of instruments—from tiny piccolos to huge sousaphones—with each instrument group making up a section. These sections work together musically in weekly sectionals and become close-knit families away from home.
If you don’t see an instrument you play, don’t worry—you can find a home in our illustrious prop crew.
The Band wouldn’t be able to function without our prop crew. Clad in white jumpsuits, prop crew takes care of a huge number of miscellaneous tasks such as playing Bertha, driving the prop crew van, and—most importantly—making props to wield during the Band’s field shows. Best of all, you don't need to play an instrument to be in prop crew!