Kiltie Marching Band 100th Anniversary

2022 is a momentous year for the Kiltie Marching Band as it marks 100 years of band at Alma College. We hope you join us in celebrating this centennial season!

Alma College Kiltie Marching Band 100 Years

The Kiltie Band was founded in 1922 as a pep band and has evolved over the last century into a full marching ensemble, led by Dave Zerbe, the Paul Cameron Russell Professor of Music and director of bands and percussion studies. Professor Zerbe and the Alma College Alumni Office have partnered together to organize a variety of centennial events and opportunities for current Kiltie Marching Band members and alumni to celebrate.


Alumni are welcome to return to campus for Homecoming weekend, September 23-25, 2022 and participate in one or more of the events below. A full schedule of Homecoming happenings can be found at

Percussion Ensemble and Pipe Band Concert
Friday, September 23 at 8:00 p.m.
A staple of Homecoming weekend, the Percussion Ensemble and Pipe Band will perform in Presbyterian Hall of the Heritage Center for Performing Arts on Friday evening. You can purchase tickets to the concert here.

Pre-Game Performance with Alumni
Saturday, September 24 at 1:30 p.m.
Professor Zerbe has a goal to bring back one hundred KMB alumni to perform in the Pre-Game Performance on Bahlke Field. There will be a rehearsal at 9:00 a.m. with the performance at 1:30 p.m. If you plan to attend, please sign up here and let us know your instrument needs.

KMB 100-year Reception
Saturday, September 24 at 6:00 p.m.
Current band members and KMB alumni are invited to this post-game reception to mingle, reminisce, and celebrate the legacy of the Kiltie Marching Band over the last 100 years. Tickets are $10 for adults which includes hors d’oeuvres and drinks and can be purchased here.

Centennial Celebration

The final performance of the season is the Kiltie Marching Band Indoor Show. Following the matinee on Sunday, November 20, 2022, there will be an official Centennial Celebration event with special recognitions of the program and its impact on Alma College. More details, including tickets, will be available soon!

Support the next 100 years

We encourage Kiltie Marching Band alumni and friends to consider making a gift to support the band if you are in a position to do so. With such a long history and strong alumni base, gifts of any size make a formidable impact. For example, if every KMB alum were to make a $100 gift in honor of the band’s Centennial, almost $750,000 would be raised! View the KMB 100 giving page here.