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Vanderbilt Marching Invitational

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The Vanderbilt Marching Invitational (VMI) is an annual marching band competition held by the Vanderbilt University "Spirit of Gold" Marching Band. All band members work the event to create a wonderful experience.


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VMI 2020 will be held October 3rd


The Inception of the Vanderbilt Marching Invitational

The Vanderbilt Marching Invitational was born out of a service project proposed by Vanderbilt University's Eta Phi Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, a national co-ed honorary band service organization, in the fall of 1987. It began as a way to raise funds to supplement the scholarships Vanderbilt Spirit of Gold Marching Band members receive. On October 7, 1989, twenty-four bands from five states traveled to Nashville to participate in the first annual Vanderbilt Marching Invitational in conjunction with the Clinic Bowl high school football games. The weekend raised money for both the Spirit of Gold and the Nashville Area Junior Chamber of Commerce Physical Therapy Clinic at Vanderbilt.

Today, VMI has grown tremendously to become one of the premiere competitions in the Southeast, drawing bands from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. VMI provides a spectacular venue, Vanderbilt's Dudley Field, for some of the nation's finest marching programs to compete. The largest event days have been host to 35 bands and over 8,000 spectators.

Our Mission, a Statement of Purpose

The Vanderbilt Marching Invitational is a nonprofit event proudly hosted by the Spirit of Gold dedicated to preserving the marching arts for high school students and providing a fun, educational, professional, and appropriately competitive environment for every band in attendance.

How to Contact Us

Vanderbilt University Bands

VU Station B #351637
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37235
Fax: 615-327-1328