YSU Marching Pride

The Youngstown State University “Marching Pride” is one of the most visible organizations on campus numbering more than 175 members in 2019. In the midst of another exciting season, the 2020 Marching Pride is comprised of students of all majors. 


The 2021 Marching Pride teaching staff includes, Director of Athletic Bands, Dr. Kate Ferguson, Teaching Assistant; Gianna Thomson, Penguinette instructor; Rebecca Russell, color guard instructor; and Dylan Kollat, drumline instructor. Band photographer is Tom Markovich and the Voice of the Marching Pride is Matthew Vansuch.


One-hour-and-15-minutes prior to kickoff for every home game, the Marching Pride performs a pre-game “Ice Breaker” concert outside the Southeast corner of Stambaugh Stadium. During the Homecoming Parade the band is one of the biggest groups to participate. The Marching Pride also performs at all home games and a select away game. In 2019 we were proud to host over 20 high school bands to campus for different events throughout the season. 

Important Dates

Drumline Workshops:
June 26 12p-2p
July 24 12p-2p
August 14 12p-2p

Band Camp:
August 20-27


Membership in the Marching Pride is open to ALL YSU students regardless of major. From engineering, finance, business, to nursing and music majors, a musical home can be found for all Penguins! For specific questions and information call (330) 941-3635 or email at keferguson@ysu.edu.

To join the band for 2021, please complete the online membership form. 

Online membership form  Color Guard Penguinette 

Housing Excellence Award

Amount: up to $2,000 (Renewable once up to $2,000)

Requirements: At least a 3.0 HS GPA*, and ACT score of 18 or SAT of 910

*For students who were accepted under test optional policy: Youngstown State University will begin awarding merit based scholarships to incoming freshman students admitted under YSU’s test optional admission policy for Fall 2021. Scholarships ranging in value from $1000 to $3000 will be awarded to students accepted under the regular admission policy with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or greater AND a recalculated high school GPA of 3.0 or greater based on 5 core subjects (English, Math, Science, Social Science, and Foreign Language)

This award may not be combined with other housing excellence awards on campus.

Fall semester

  • Meet all requirements outlined in the marching band course syllabus, volunteer for at least 2 recruitment events, and attend all performances including playoff games and national title game.
  • Maintain good standing with YSU and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

Spring semester

  • Perform in and register for concert band. If you make wind ensemble, you will register for pep band to meet your requirement.
  • Volunteer for at least 2 recruitment events, 2 fundraising call-a-thons, maintain good standing with YSU, and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Color Guard and Majorette members will attend scheduled rehearsals, performances, and workshops.

Failure to meet these requirements will result in the loss of the Housing Excellence Award.


  • Housing awards may not be combined with other housing awards. (e.g. An honors college student who receives a housing excellence award may not combine with a marching band housing excellence award.)
  • Students receiving a housing grant are eligible to receive a housing excellence award.
  • Eligible students should apply for housing and pay deposit as soon as possible. (The deposit is 100% refundable until May 1.)
  • Housing excellence awards are available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Failure to meet the requirements of the housing excellence award will result in loss of award.
  • Awards are applicable to university owned housing only, including Courtyard Apartments.

Complete the application for the Housing Excellence Award below.

Housing Excellence Award Application