The UCLA Bruin Marching Band performs at the Rose Bowl for home games before crowds as large as 100,000 people. Pregame shows by the Band build crowd energy and enthusiasm with UCLA favorites "Strike Up the Band", "Sons of Westwood" and "The Mighty Bruins". Throughout the game, this lively group of students keeps spirits high with rock and pop hits and Bruin "eight claps". When the halftime whistle blows, the Marching Band rolls onto the field to entertain the audience with a smooth, symphonic fusion of sound, movement and color. No one does it better than the Solid Gold Sound of the UCLA Bruin Marching Band.
The Band travels to the San Francisco Bay area each fall for either the Stanford or Cal game, and has taken regular season trips to Notre Dame, Michigan, Texas, Miami, Ohio State, Colorado, Illinois, Washington, Tennessee, Arizona, and Arizona State. Appearances at major bowls have taken the Band to the Mirage Bowl in Tokyo, the Aloha Bowl, the Las Vegas Bowl, the Emerald Bowl, the Liberty Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, the Sun Bowl, the Cotton Bowl and the Rose Bowl. The Band also performed at the International Chinese New Year Night Parade in Hong Kong in 2006 and 2008.
Over the years, the UCLA Bruin Marching Band has appeared on screen or on the soundtrack of numerous movies including "Elmer Gantry", "Hello Dolly", "In the Line of Fire", "To Be or Not to Be", "Jingle All the Way", "The Waterboy", "Road Trip", "Don't Say a Word", "First Daughter", "Legends of the Fall", "Click", "Gridiron Gang", and "500 Days of Summer". In 1969, the Band became the first college marching band to appear on stage during the television broadcast of the Academy Awards Show.
The UCLA Bruin Marching Band was the 1993 recipient of the Louis B. Sudler Trophy. The Louis B. Sudler Trophy is voted on each year by college band directors from across the country and is presented by the John Philip Sousa Foundation in recognition of the band's tradition of excellence and innovation.