The Wake Forest University Athletic Bands consist of the Marching Band and Pep Bands and are collectively known as the Spirit of the Old Gold and Black.

A part of Wake Forest University Athletics and the Department of MusicSOTOGAB epitomizes Wake Forest passion, pride, and excellence.

We look forward to hearing from you and hope to
welcome you as a Demon Deacon!

“Dear old Wake Forest, Thine is a noble name…”

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We’re pleased to welcome Mr. Brandon Bickham to our staff, our new Assistant Director of Athletic Bands!

Mr. Bickham has quite the background in music, and we can’t wait to see how he applies this to our program!

A native of the Houston area, Mr. Bickham has taught high school marching band in Texas and Maryland for 20 years, taking groups to the Semi Finals and Finals in Bands of America Regional and Grand National competitions. Mr. Bickham has been a marching band adjudicator and clinician in Texas, Maryland, and North Carolina.

He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Houston, and received his master’s degree in Music Education from Towson University where he also taught as one of the original Graduate Assistants of the marching band.

Mr. Bickham plays the tuba and bass. While in Houston, he toured and recorded with The Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra. He has performed in numerous musical pit orchestras and several professional theater houses in Baltimore. He’s also played extensively with the Essex Powerhouse Big Band.

He has been a Greensboro resident for the past 3 years, serving as Director of Bands at the Greensboro Day School.

Last night, we had a meeting with the our director, Dr. Tim Heath, where we discussed ways in which we can improve our program and ensure we’re moving in the right direction. We talked about our goals, issues, and expectations for the wake marching band over a few pizzas.

Afterwards, we had a gourmet popsicle truck arrive outside of the Scales Fine Arts Center as a way to thank our dedicated band members for their commitment and feedback! Thank you @ta_heath and @friospops for the treats!

We’re pleased to welcome our new Director of Marching Percussion Mr. Colin Choat to our staff!

Mr. Choat brings a wealth of knowledge to SOTOGAB and has numerous years of experience performing and teaching at the highest level. He is a former marcher and staff member at several prestigious Drum Corps International (DCI) organizations and Winter Guard International (WGI) organizations.

He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Alabama, and received his Master’s of Music from Appalachian State University. He has studied under a long list of world-renowned percussion educators.

He has been a Winston-Salem resident for the past 10 years and boasts an impressive resumé of teaching and performing as a member of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County community.

We are so excited to see how Mr. Choat will carry on and add to the legacy of percussion excellence in our program that has been set by those before him. Let’s hear a great big Go Deacs for Mr. Choat!

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3 weeks ago
The Spirit of the Old Gold and Black

Our registration link is live! Fill out your information in the registration portal. You can click the link in the Instagram bio or scan the QR code (it is recommended you fill it out on your computer).

We do not have auditions, but we recommend you get in contact with your section leaders early on so you can be prepared for the season. Our Drumline has auditions for part designation, but this is not needed to register.

Our shared experience program allows students at Salem College or community colleges nearby to play as a full member of our band, and gives opportunities for fantastic local musicians to support Wake Forest Athletics. If you have questions, DM this account or email our director, Dr. Tim Heath.

@wfuniversity @wakethearts @wfumusic #wfu26 #wakeforest #WFU #marchingband #SOTOGAB
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Our registration link is live! Fill out your information in the registration portal. You can click the link in the Instagram bio or scan the QR code (it is recommended you fill it out on your computer). 

We do not have auditions, but we recommend you get in contact with your section leaders early on so you can be prepared for the season. Our Drumline has auditions for part designation, but this is not needed to register. 

Our shared experience program allows students at Salem College or community colleges nearby to play as a full member of our band, and gives opportunities for fantastic local musicians to support Wake Forest Athletics. If you have questions, DM this account or email our director, Dr. Tim Heath.

@wfuniversity @wakethearts @wfumusic #wfu26 #wakeforest #wfu #marchingband #sotogabImage attachment
1 month ago
The Spirit of the Old Gold and Black

We’re so excited for the Spring Game! We’re inviting all prospective students or anyone interested in joining to play with us in the stands!!! We will not have a field show, so you’ll be fully integrated into our performance that day.

Register by Tuesday, April 12th at 11:59pm EST to receive more information.#springgame #marchingbandg#collegebandsb#SOTOGABl#wakeforesto#wfu26##WFUf#music#wfu26 #wfu #music
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We’re so excited for the Spring Game! We’re inviting all prospective students or anyone interested in joining to play with us in the stands!!! We will not have a field show, so you’ll be fully integrated into our performance that day.

Register by Tuesday, April 12th at 11:59pm EST to receive more information. Link in IG Bio!

#springgame #marchingband #collegebands #sotogab #wakeforest #wfu26 #wfu #musicImage attachment
2 months ago
The Spirit of the Old Gold and Black

Calling all musicians!!! We will be having a virtual information session with our director, Dr. Heath on Monday April 11th at 7:30. If you want to learn about our program, you have questions, or you’re just curious about what we do, fill out the short survey to be sent a zoom link!

Go to the URL above, click the link in our IG bio, or scan the QR code to get the meeting registration link.

Everyone can attend, whether you’re a current student, newly admitted student, prospective student, high school student, or anyone else.

We’ll see you there!
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Calling all musicians!!! We will be having a virtual information session with our director, Dr. Heath on Monday April 11th at 7:30. If you want to learn about our program, you have questions, or you’re just curious about what we do, fill out the short survey to be sent a zoom link! 

Go to the URL above, click the link in our IG bio, or scan the QR code to get the meeting registration link. 

Everyone can attend, whether you’re a current student, newly admitted student, prospective student, high school student, or anyone else.

We’ll see you there!Image attachment
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#15 Demon Deacons Defeat Rutgers in the 2021 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

Season Record:
11-3 (7-1 ACC)

#15 Wake Forest finished the 2021 campaign with a 38-10 victory over Rutgers University in the 2021 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida.
Read a full recap of the game.

“We give thee of our praise, Adore thine ancient days, Sing thee our humble lays, Mother, So Dear.”

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