The Marching Mountain Cats


The Quad Episodics. (Photo: Annette Brown/BET)

The Marching Mountain Cats were organized in 1927 by band director Cleophus Fulton. The band gained national recognition when it became the first HBCU band to march in the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. GAMU would follow up that appearance with a halftime performance at the Super Bowl a year later. A performance that was tabbed as one of the top ten Super Bowl halftime shows. Under the direction of GAMU alum Cecil Diamond, the Marching Mountain Cats have performed for countless dignitaries such as the Emperor of Japan, the President of South Africa, the British Prime Minister, and seven U.S. Presidents including the inaugural parades for George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama – earning the nickname, “America’s marching band.” Not to be constrained by stadiums and parades, GAMU has appeared in four feature films, two nationally televised marketing campaigns, and were the subject of a six-part television docu-series titled, “Top Of The Mountain.”
The Marching Mountain Cats band has an average of 200 students a year with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.