Shared Experience – Local Students

Hello Future SOTOGAB Members!

Are you from UNCG, Forsyth Tech, Davidson Community College, or another school near Wake Forest that doesn’t have a marching band?  Is your school missing an ensemble you want to join?  If so, the Wake Forest Band Shared Experience Program may be right for you.

Below is some very important information for you to consider as you get ready to participate in our Shared Experience Program for the next four years.  The Wake Forest Band Program has limited slots for non-Wake Forest students to join, so please contact Lauren Waugh (Shared Experience Recruiter) or visit the “Contact”  tab to tell us you’re interested

Thank you for reading and as always, Go Deacs!


Dr. C. Kevin Bowen, Director of Bands


Excerpts from an interview with Lauren Waugh, a Forsyth Tech student:

Q: Why should non Wake Forest students join the SOTOGAB?
A: Being in SOTOGAB is a wonderful experience. It provides those who love band, and attend schools that don’t have one, the opportunity to still participate. We attend all home games, and participate in everything the band does.

Q: What will my time commitment to band look like?
A: The commitment to band is enough to get fantastic performances but not too much that it limits your involvement in other activities. Marching Band meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm.  Usually, after practice groups from band all go eat dinner together.  On Saturdays we arrive at the Stadium approximately 4.5 hours before kickoff to have some time on the field, eat, relax a little, and then set up for all the pregame festivities.

Q: How will I get to the Wake/games? Will I have time to do other extracurricular activities, too?
A: From Forsyth Tech, Wake is only about a 10 minute drive, UNCG is about 40 minutes, and DCCC is 35 minutes.  If you do not have transportation, you could always ask other people from your school to carpool. Getting to the stadium is really easy because the band carpools over there. SOTOGAB does not interfere with other extracurricular activities. I myself have a job and work 3 days a week.

Q: When is band camp, and what does a typical day at camp look like?
A: This season band camp is from August 15-August 24 with a typical daily schedule of:

9 a.m. – Noon: Field Rehearsal on Davis Field
Noon – 1 p.m.: Catered Lunch
1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Music Rehearsals
4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Dinner Provided
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Field Rehearsal

Q: What should I bring to band camp?
A: Important things to bring to band camp are sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, your instrument (though instruments are provided through the school if needed), tennis shoes, water bottle, and a drawstring bag to carry everything in.  This is similar to what you should have on game days except that you will also need your marching band uniform and stand tunes and a lyre!

Q: Where is band camp held, and how do I get there?
A: Scales Fine Arts Center (where everything music-related will occur) is building number 35, and can be found using this link:

Davis Field, where marching band practice is held, is right next to Scales.

Q: How much does being in band cost, and what are my band dues used for?
A: The fee for new members is only $120 and covers everything you will need as a member of the marching band for the entire season.  Away games and bowl trips are completely paid for by the athletic department.

The fee pays for the following:
Black band shoes
SOTOGAB shorts
Black gloves
Uniform cleaning fee
Band Camp social activities fee

The above equipment is mandatory for all members and for every game, so paying dues is a must. (The fee drops to $60 for returning members unless replacement gear is needed)

Q: How can I join the SOTOGAB, and when do I need to join by?
 If you are ready to commit to SOTOGAB please sign the commit form found at:

The form is due by August 1st.

Note: If you are undecided or still have questions please contact the Recruitment Chair Laura Flynn.  Her email address is and she would be more than happy to discuss anything band or Wake-related! And you can also email Lauren Waugh at for specific shared experience questions. Go Deacs!