Department of Music Park Street Music and Art Complex 793 Park Street, S.W. Telephone: (404) 880-8211 / Fax: (404) 880-6267Ensembles - Band
The Clark Atlanta University Band is a multifaceted organization that includes the Mighty Marching Panther Band, the Pep Band, the Symphonic Band, the Essence Dance Team, the CAU Drumline, and the Silver Breeze Flag Corps. Heralded for its precision drills, pageantry, custom arrangements, and intense spirit – all of which thrill audiences the moment the band arrives in the stadium, the Clark Atlanta University Mighty Marching Panther Band has many credits that include its having been featured in the hit 20th Century Fox move Drumline. In this film, students are featured as members of the fictitious Atlanta A & T Band, the fictitious Delta A & M percussion sections, the CAU Band, and also as movie extras. Other film credits include the movie Pay the Price and the video I Highly Recommend, both written and produced by Darryl D. Lassiter.
The Clark Atlanta University Mighty Marching Panther Band members have served as ambassadors for the University in many other capacities. These include their seven repeat performances at the Honda Battle of the Bands, Georgia Dome; a national McDonalds commercial; Turner Broadcasting System’s Dinner and a Movie; the Brand Atlanta television commercial with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; television’s Judge Hatchett show and Ellen DeGeneres show, taped in Los Angeles, California. Other performances include the Atlanta Falcons Championship Parade; the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Hip Hop Awards broadcast and The Monique Show; the 25th Anniversary of Home Depot; the Tom Joyner Morning Show; Good Day Atlanta; the Si-Man Show; the Atlanta Falcons-New York Giants halftime show; numerous parades and drumline exhibitions; HBCU Battlefest at South Carolina State University; Come Flex the Flex Battle of the Bands in Macon, Georgia; Original Battle of the Bands at the Georgia Dome; and Exhibition Band for the Atlanta Public Schools Band Extravaganza, filmed for Channel One News (NBC Universal).
The organization’s other ensembles include the following:
The Pep Band, which performs during selected home basketball games and playoff games. Its members also participate in the Marching and Symphonic Bands;
The Symphonic Band, which is the major performing concert organization in the band program and is, as such, composed of the finest musicians in the band. Students perform at campus concerts and on concert tours;
The Essence Dance Team, which comprises talented women who dance with the Marching and Pep Bands, as well as on their own;
The CAU Drumline, which is composed of talented percussionists. These students have performed at all Atlanta Braves home games as the “Heavy Hitters”, at the Georgia Force Arena Football games, and at other local, civic events; and
The Silver Breeze Flag Corps, which has several talented women who perform with the Marching and Pep Bands utilizing different sized flags, and other props.
The band continues to reach new heights under the direction of Thomas G. Warner, Jr., Director of Bands, and the other staff members: Yakeema T. Hicks, Warren Shaw and Terran Taylor.
For more information visit the CAU Bands website.