Cheyney University "Soulful Sound" Marching Band


 Cheyney University "Soulful Sound" Marching Band

The Cheyney University band program was re-established in 2005 with the assistance of a very talented, enthusiastic, and determined group of students. In the past three years we have been involved in a wonderful journey.

The Director of Bands at Cheyney University, Professor Allen Gardner, developed a rich and rigorous environment for music majors and non-music majors to grow aesthetically through preparation, musical instruction, and performance. Students are given the opportunity to achieve the program’s goal to “educate,” “elevate,” and “entertain” themselves and various audiences through the variety of venues available to University band participants. We call these three goals “The Three E’s”.

The multifaceted Cheyney University Band Program’s primary function is to serve Cheyney University and the surrounding community through its various subcomponents, i.e., ensembles. These ensembles that will make up the Cheyney University Band Program, are the marching band, pep band, concert band, jazz ensemble, jazz combo, woodwind ensemble, and the brass ensemble.


  • To be utilized as a vehicle to recruit musically gifted high academic achievers who have varied interests in the many majors offered by Cheyney University
  • To create a rich and rigorous learning environment for music participants, majors, and educators
  • To perform as a public relations component for Cheyney University
  • To boost school moral and spirit through musical services to the University functions, athletic events, and the surrounding community activities.
  • To perform the following ceremonial music at home football and basketball games and other events such as Founder’s Day etc…: “Star Spangled Banner”, “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, and the Alma Mater. In addition to performing, uplifting prelude music, postlude during timeouts.