Temple University Diamond Marching Band

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The Temple University Diamond Marching Band
Temple T logo
SchoolTemple University
LocationPhiladelphia, PA
ConferenceAmerican Athletic Conference
DirectorMatthew Brunner
MembersAbout 175
Fight song"Fight, Temple, Fight!"
Motto"The Pride of the Cherry & White"
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The Temple University Diamond Marching Band, sometimes simply the Diamond Marching Band or TUDMB is the official marching band of Temple University. It performs at all home Temple Owls football games. In addition, a subdivision of the TUDMB plays at all Temple Owls men's basketball games and at least half of all Temple Owls women's basketball. The TUDMB also played at the first Sugar Bowl in 1935.[1][2][3][4]


The Temple University Diamond Marching Band was started in 1925 by Herbert E. McMahan, under the direction of Charles Golder.[5] George Otto Frey assumed the director position in 1926 and H. Edward Pike became the TUDMB's first full-time director the following year.[6] Under Pike's direction, the band started forming the Temple "T" on the field, a tradition that is still present today. Under the direction of Dr. John H. Jenny, who replaced Pike in 1946, the band was renamed the Diamond Band. A new position, Director of Athletic Bands, was created to oversee the TUDMB and Basketball Bands. The position is currently held by Dr. Matthew Brunner alongside the Director of Bands Dr. Patricia Cornett.[7] David Payne serves as the voice of the Diamond Marching Band.[8]

In popular culture[edit]

The Temple University Diamond Marching Band appeared in the The Wolf of Wall Street (2013 film).[9] The Diamond Band also appears in Annie (2014 film).[10] The Diamond Band has also appeared on the Tonight Show alongside rappers Yung Thug and Gunna.[11][12]


The Diamond Band Uniform consists of cherry red bibbers with a white stripe, a cherry and white coat with the Temple University T on the chest, a Shako style hat, and white shoes. The Diamond Band jacket has "TEMPLE" across the back.


  • Baton Twirlers
  • Color guard
  • Flutes and Piccolo
  • Clarinets
  • Trumpets
  • Mellophones
  • Alto Saxophones
  • Tenor Saxophones
  • Trombones
  • Baritones
  • Drumline
  • Sousaphone


  1. ^ Temple University. "Temple University Diamond Marching Band". The Temple Performing Arts Center. Retrieved 28 November 2022.
  2. ^ Snyder, Susan (October 12, 2014). "Temple's marching band makes big noise nationally". The Philadelphia Inquirer. pp. B01, B11. Archived from the original on October 16, 2014.
  3. ^ "5 college marching band covers you absolutely have to hear". USA Today. September 14, 2014. Archived from the original on September 21, 2014.
  4. ^ Gentile, John (September 17, 2013). "10 Mind-Blowing College Marching Band Cover Songs". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on September 19, 2013.
  5. ^ "Templar 1926". Temple University Libraries. Retrieved 2022-12-10.
  6. ^ "Templar 1935". Temple University Libraries. Archived from the original on 2022-12-10. Retrieved 2022-12-10.
  7. ^ Temple University. "Temple Bands About Page". Temple University. Retrieved 28 November 2022.
  8. ^ "Go Owls, Man! – Harrisburg Magazine". Retrieved 2022-11-28.
  9. ^ Kleinberg, Shayna (2013-11-12). "Marching onto the big screen - The Temple News". temple-news.com. Retrieved 2022-11-28.
  10. ^ Eichel, By Molly. "Temple band hits big screen in 'Wolf of Wall Street' and 'Annie'". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2022-11-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "Temple Diamond Marching Band performs on 'Tonight Show' with Young Thug and Gunna". PhillyVoice. 2019-10-21. Retrieved 2022-11-28.
  12. ^ Zemler, Emily (2019-10-21). "Watch Young Thug Perform 'Hot' With Gunna on 'Fallon'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2022-11-28.

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