Shared Experience – Salem College

Hello future Salem students!

Below is some very important information for you to consider as you get ready to participate in our Shared Experience Program through Salem College for the next four years.

As your fellow Demon Deacons and “sister school,” we are so excited that you are interested in joining our Athletic Bands program!  We encourage you to visit us on campus and/or go to the Contact tab to get in touch with us, should you need more information.

We hope to see you march and play with us soon!  Until then, best wishes with all of your musical endeavors.

Go Deacs!

Why should Salem Sisters join SOTOGAB?
SOTOGAB provides the opportunity to make numerous friends that you would otherwise not meet. In addition, leadership opportunities are available in the band for Salem sisters.  SOTOGAB is a great way to continue your passion for music while enjoying the company of friends that will become family.   

What will my time commitment to band look like?
The commitment to band is enough to get fantastic performances but not too much that it limits your involvement in other activities. Marching Band meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6 p.m.  On Saturdays, we arrive at the stadium approximately 4.5 hours before kick-off to have some time on the field, eat, relax, and then set-up for all the pregame festivities.

Will I have time to do other extracurricular activities, too?
Members still have plenty of time for other passions.  Band members also participate in Greek life, club sports, academic clubs, and other activities.  Being in the band simply adds to your college experience.

When is band camp?
Band Camp begins one and a half weeks before Wake Forest classes start.

How much does being in band cost, and what are my band dues used for?

The fee for new members is only $120 and covers everything you will need as a member of the marching band for the entire season.  Road games and bowl trips are covered by the university.

The fee pays for the following:
Black band shoes
SOTOGAB shorts
Black gloves
Uniform cleaning fee

The above equipment is mandatory for all members. Fees for veteran members are only $75 unless they need new gear.

How do we get to games/practice/band camp? (ie carpool, buses, etc.)
To get to practice, you can either drive yourself or carpool. Since there are quite a few people without cars, Salem sisters organize rides together, so we are all able to get over to Wake for band practice and band camp.  For Game Days, individual sections arrange rides. Generally, a few people in each section will drive over to the stadium from Wake, so that will be figured out closer to Game Day. 

Is there any school-specific credit for band?
Because of the cross-registration process that Salem and Wake have, you can get credit for marching band from Salem.  Salem provides .25 credits for each year of marching band, so you can obtain 1 credit if you do it all four years.  The cross registration form is located here.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Tim Heath.

Go Deacs!