Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is 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 SOTOGAB?

Join SOTOGAB by filling out our “New and Returning Member Forms.”  These forms are made available online prior to the upcoming marching season.  Check the News and Announcements section for more details, or go to the Contact tab to have more specific questions answered.

3. What makes 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 talents and gifts.  We emphasize hard work, dedication, teamwork, loyalty, and making what we do together both fun and memorable.

Culture: At Wake Forest University, we are an inclusive band program that values developing students into members of society who make a positive global impact.  For many, SOTOGAB is a family where one can find academic, professional, personal, and musical support.  We are dedicated to representing Wake Forest University and the Demon Deacons with dignity, class, and integrity. 

Tradition:  We take pride in all that we do to represent Wake Forest University, the Demon Deacons, and all those associated with SOTOGAB.  Whether we are singing our Alma Mater around the Deacon statue following home football games, playing “It is Well” in the stands after every home football game, or ending rehearsal in our own special way, tradition is an integral part of SOTOGAB.

Excellence:  SOTOGAB consistently strives to grow musically, develop our students, and entertain the Demon Deacon fan base.  We help students discover and reach their potential through challenging music, leadership development, and academic support.

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

In exchange for participation in SOTOGAB, students receive:

Free admission to Demon Deacon home football games
Free transportation, admission, and per diem to away football games
Free transportation, admission, and per diem to Bowl games

Free transportation, admission, and per diem to ACC and NCAA Tournament events
Monetary stipends for 3 and 4-year members
Scholarship opportunities
Leadership Development
…and more

5. Are most members of SOTOGAB music majors?

No.  Our members come from nearly every academic department at Wake Forest, Salem College, and other surrounding institutions. 

6. Can members of 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.  

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

Please use this link to volunteer for SOTOGAB.  For information on how to further support SOTOGAB, visit here.

If you have any further questions, please contact us at band@nullwfu.edu.

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