Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the SOTOGAB?

The SOTOGAB (Spirit of the Old Gold and Black) is the official name of the Wake Forest University (WFU) Athletic Bands, which includes the following:

WFU Marching Band
WFU Basketball Pep Band
WFU Volleyband
Any basketball tournament pep bands representing Wake Forest.

2. How can I join the SOTOGAB?

Hopeful members can join SOTOGAB by filling out our “New and Returning Member Forms.”  These are usually made available online by the middle of the summer prior to marching season (if not before).  Keep checking our home page’s “News and Announcements” section for more details, or go to the “Contact Us” tab to have more specific questions answered.

3. What makes the SOTOGAB unique?

Values: When you become a member of SOTOGAB, volunteer for us, and/or work with us professionally, you will never be reduced to just a number, face, or “X” on a drill chart.  You are a unique individual with your own special talents and gifts.  We place special emphasis on hard work, dedication, teamwork, loyalty, and making what we do together both fun and memorable.

Culture: At Wake Forest University, our band program is designed to foster the development of close friendships between people of all walks of life.  For many of us, SOTOGAB has become a “second family” that we can enjoy and rely on for academic, social, and musical support.  We are dedicated to each other, music, and the Wake Forest University motto, Pro Humanitate.  This is why we all  share and show “A Passion that Defies Explanation.”

Tradition:  Gathering around BB&T Field’s Deacon statue following home football games, singing our Alma Mater (“Dear Old Wake Forest”) with our arms around each other’s shoulders, playing “It is Well” after every home football game, and eating together before games are just a few of the many traditions we partake in as a SOTOGAB family.

Excellence: Wind, rain, or shine, SOTOGAB consistently gives our best effort to grow musically and entertain the Demon Deacon fan base.  We also help our students discover and reach their potential by playing challenging music and offering leadership roles.  Our group’s achievements as a whole come from us pushing each and every student to grow.

4. What benefits and opportunities does SOTOGAB offer its members?

In exchange for their participation in SOTOGAB, students will receive:

Free admission to Demon Deacon home football games
Free transportation and admission to away football games
Free transportation to ACC and NCAA Tournament events
Monetary stipends for road trips
Scholarship opportunities

We focus on team-building and professionally developing each student’s talents.  This means that each student can earn positions on our Student Operational and Music Staffs, gain hands-on experience in hosting music events, work closely on music and marching techniques with our professional staff, and more.

Regardless of year, dedicated and enthusiastic members may also qualify to join the Kappa Zeta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi.  Please be on the lookout for recruiting information as it comes up.  In the meantime, visit the “Kappa Kappa Psi” tab for more questions

5. Are most of the people in SOTOGAB music majors?

No.  Our members come from nearly every academic department at Wake Forest.  This includes, but is not limited to, those studying Business, Accounting, Finance, Foreign Languages, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, Health and Exercise Science, Humanities, and Studio Art.  Our Music majors are divided into the Music Performance and Music in Liberal Arts concentrations.

6. Can people in SOTOGAB participate in other ensembles/music groups?

Yes! Our members are a part of the following music groups on campus:

Brass Fundamentals
Clarinet Choir
Concert Choir
Old Gold Jazz Crew
Demon Deacon Jazz Machine
Orchestra
Reynolda Guard
Wind Ensemble
Woodwind Doubling

7. When and where does SOTOGAB practice, perform, and play?

Times and locations for performances and practices are announced weekly by SOTOGAB’s professional staff.

Regular performances for Wake Forest’s sports teams occur in two places: BB&T Field (football) and the Lawrence Joel Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum (basketball).  SOTOGAB practices at the Scales Fine Arts Center and on Davis Field, as well as BB&T Field when necessary.

8. When and where is transportation to band events available?

Transportation typically leaves from the Scales Fine Arts Center.  Any transportation-related information will be sent out to students and volunteers via e-mail.  We will make sure you get to where you need to be!

9. How can parents, family members, friends, alumni, and others help SOTOGAB?

Please use this link to volunteer your time for SOTOGAB.  For more specific questions on getting involved, simply click on the “Contact Us” tab and ask away!

Is your question not listed?  Email us at band@wfu.edu and let us know!

Go Deacs!