Winston-Salem State

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Band Name

The Red Sea of Sound


128 Instruments or Less

Band Director

Dr. Michael Magruder

School President

Chancellor, Donald J. Reaves, Ph.D.

Band Bio

When the 145-member Winston-Salem State University “Red Sea of Sound” Marching Band takes the field, get ready for a high-energy, adrenaline-pumping performance!

Under the direction of Dr. Michael Magruder, the band has received nationwide recognition and numerous awards, including top honors in the Circle, Cleveland and New York City Urban League classics. In addition, the band has been chosen to perform five times in the prestigious Honda Battle of the Bands – in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

All members of the “Red Sea of Sound" pledge to represent musical excellence, elegance, sophistication, esprit de corps and dignity.

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