Minnesota State University Marching Band

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Minnesota State 'Maverick Machine' Marching Band
SchoolMinnesota State University, Mankato
LocationMankato, Minnesota, United States
ConferenceNorthern Sun
DirectorMichael Thursby
Fight song"The Minnesota State Rouser",
"The Minnesota State Hymn,
"The War Song"
Black and purple jacket with a splash of gold, black pants, black shakos with purple plumes, black gloves and black shoes

The Minnesota State University Marching Band (also known as The Maverick Machine) is the marching band of Minnesota State University, Mankato. The band generates enthusiasm and excitement by promoting school spirit and morale.[1] The group performs at home football, hockey, and basketball events. The Maverick Machine consists of five ensembles including the marching band, drumline, color guard, pep band, and the indoor winds, the first collegiate WGI winds group in Minnesota.

The group was originally formed in the 1929, as one of the first instrumental music offerings, during the transition from the Mankato Normal School to the Mankato State Teachers College. The name 'Marching Machine' was added when Clayton Tiede took the reins of the band in 1960. The band had a longstanding tradition of excellence crossing many decades until the 90s when budgets became tighter and the marching band transitioned to a pep band only. The current band was reformed in 2013 as a result of the leadership of the current director, Michael Thursby.[2]

On average, the Maverick Machine plays at over 80 events per school year, for approximately 170,000 people.[2]

The Maverick Machine playing at a home football game at Blakeslee Stadium in the Fall of 2019.


  1. ^ "Maverick 'Machine' Marching Band". Athletics Bands. Minnesota State University, Mankato. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b Musolf, Nell (13 March 2015). "The Return of the Maverick Machine". The Mankato Free Press. The Mankato Free Press. Retrieved 9 October 2016.

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