gggBand Name: The Red Sea of Sound

Band Director: Dr. Michael Magruder

University President: Mr. Elwood Robinson


Marching Band

The Winston-Salem State University “RED SEA OF SOUND” Marching Band is comprised of 160 students majoring in Music Education, Music Business and other disciplines throughout the University.

The band’s versatility, showmanship and entertainment value is demonstrated each year during the fall semester at football games, parades and special events.  The exhilarating features of the marching band include; dancers, flags, and five exciting, thrilling, high energy Drum Majors.

The “Red Sea of Sound” Marching Band has received numerous awards and countless recognition for outstanding performances.  Several of the most noted performances include: the Circle City Classic in Indianapolis, Indiana, the New York City Urban League Classic and the Cleveland Classic.

The “Red Sea of Sound” Marching Band has also performed with noted artist such as Donald Lawrence and Gerald Albright.  In addition, the “Red Sea of Sound” was invited to Atlanta, GA to perform at the prestigious Honda Battle of the Bands in January of 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

All members of The “Red Sea of Sound” Marching Band have pledged to serve as ambassadors of goodwill for Winston-Salem State University presenting themselves as a showcase of musical excellence, elegance, sophistication, esprit de corp, and dignity.

The Winston-Salem State University “Red Sea of Sound” Marching Band is under the direction of Dr. Michael Magruder, Chair, Department of Music and Director of Bands.  The Associate Director of Bands is Dr. James Armstrong, the Assistant Director of Bands is Mr. Raymond Mietus, and the Assistant Band Director is Dr. LaTika Douthit.

About Winston-Salem State University

 Winston-Salem State University, a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, is a historically black university that today is a recognized regional institution offering baccalaureate and graduate programs to a diverse student population. U.S. News and World Report has ranked the university among Top Public Comprehensive Colleges in the South – Bachelor’s Category.


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