Campus Life

Marching Band

Founded in 1867 in Augusta, GA, Morehouse College is an historically black liberal arts institution of higher education. This all-male institution offers a variety of subjects of study, athletic programs, and a rich tradition that provides Morehouse with its very own "mystique." The Morehouse College Marching Band also has a rich tradition that provides Morehouse Men and Spelman Women with their very own "mystique."

Formerly known as the "Maroon Tiger Marching Band" and the "Maroon Machine Marching Band," the 110-member ensemble has now been dubbed the "House of Funk."  The Band performs a variety of repertoire ranging from contemporary popular music to rap, swing and various traditional marching band literature. Great emphasis is placed on providing innovative drill as visual effect with modern arrangements of today’s most popular compositions.

The "House of Funk" is a source of extracurricular pride. As part of the band, the eye-catching troupe of dancing girls known as "Mahogany in Motion" and the dazzling ladies of “Maroon Mystique” Color Guard consistently perform at the highest levels of precision and grace. The band has had quality exposure in recent years.  The ensemble was selected to perform at Super Bowl XVIII in January of 1994.  They also appeared at the Anheuser Busch National Sales Convention, Coca-Cola's VIP Ball, Good Day Atlanta Show, Bryant Gumbel's Today Show, 6th Annual Gold Coast Classic in San Diego, CA, 1st Annual Honda Battle of the Bands and the Atlanta Falcons.

Under the leadership of current Director of Bands Mr. Melvin M. Jones (A Morehouse Graduate), the band's recent list of accomplishments include:  (2004) A television and internet broadcast performance for the Frank Ski "Skyy Show"; (2005) Participation in the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade for Justice in Tampa, Florida; (2005) A Television appearance on the Cartoon Network Series "Fridays;" (2006) The Drumline’s Performance in the Atlanta Hawk’s Opening Game Halftime;  (2006) A National Television Performance for MTV's "Sweet Sixteen" Series; (2007) Casting of a number of our Band Students in the Major Motion Picture “Stomp the Yard:”  (2007) Performance in the Silver Dollar Classic in California, which marked the first time in over two decades that an HBCU Band had performed in Los Angeles;  and (2007) A Performance in the historic Krewe of Zulu Parade as part of the Annual New Orleans' Mardi Gras Celebration.