Often referred to as the epitome of pride. Pride in themselves, pride in perfection, pride in performance, and pride in the institution they represent. They are the one and only Bethune-Cookman University Marching Wildcats. The only band that’s guaranteed to show-up and show-out, anywhere and anytime. This year’s edition of the Marching Wildcats boasts a band with approximately 300 members.
Recognized as “The Heartbeat of B-CC,” the band has performed at many events in the last decade.
NFL Halftime Shows for the Jacksonville Jaguars 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015.
NFL Halftime Show for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2007, 2011, 2013 & 2014.
Performed a national commercial for ESPN’s Monday Night Football promotion for the New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphin game 2011.
NFL Halftime Show for the Miami Dolphins 2010.
1998 Circle City Classic-Indianapolis, Indiana, 1998 Heritage Bowl-Atlanta, Georgia, 1999 & 2003 Riverfront Classic-Cincinnati, Ohio, 2000 Conch Bowl Classic-Nassau, Bahamas as well as national television performances on ABC, BET, NBC, ESPN, UPN.
The Marching Wildcats were featured in a live performance with recording artist “Shaggy” for the 2001 MTV Rock N’ Jock Celebrity Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida. This was a live broadcast on MTV from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL on Super Bowl weekend 2000.
Performed for the nationally televised Fed Ex Orange Bowl Parade in Miami, Florida.
The Marching Wildcats were the guest band of Tom Joyner for the 2003 Family Reunion Weekend at Walt Disney World.
The Marching Wildcats performed for the Steve Harvey morning show in 2009.
The 2003, 2004, & 2005 Walt Disney World Christmas Morning Parade, nationally televised on ABC, featuring the Marching Wildcats.
The Florida Education Leader Magazine labeled the Marching Wildcats as the best college band in the state of Florida for 2001.
EA Sports featured the Marching Wildcats in the 2005 & 2006 NCAA Football Video Games and the soundtrack for the 2007 NCAA Basketball Video Game.
The Marching Wildcats were selected for the ninth year to participate in the Honda Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & January 2017.
The Marching Wildcats performed for the 2006 & 2007 Orlando Magic season opener aired nationally on TNT.
Twentieth Century Fox Movie Production Company guest featured the Bethune-Cookman University Marching Wildcats in the Movie “DRUMLINE.”
FOX Sports featured the Marching Wildcats in the pre-race show for the 2005 NASCAR Daytona 500 along with Clint Black, The Beach Boys and Vanessa Williams.
Performed in Los Angeles MLB Urban Sports Initiative in February 2009, 2010 & 2011 on the MLB Network.
The Marching Wildcats appeared on the Ellen Degeneres Show for her 2005 Super Bowl Special in Burbank, California.
The Marching Wildcats filmed a commercial for Cadillac Automobile Company in downtown Los Angeles, California. The commercial aired in January 2006 and viewed approximately 6 months or more in various TV markets throughout the nation.
Performed the opening show for Brown & Brown Insurance Co. National Sales meeting in Orlando, Florida 2008, 2009 & 2010.
Performed the opening show for Grainger Co. National Sales meeting in Orlando, Florida 2007.
The XLIII Super Bowl in Tampa, FL featured the Marching Wildcats in the pre-game show in February 2009 along with recording artist Faith Hill and Jennifer Hudson.
The 2010 NFL Pro Bowl in Miami Florida featured the BCU Marching Wildcats for the entire halftime entertainment. The performance was also featured on the Tru TV show for NFL Films called FULL CONTACT.
The Marching Wildcats is the only HBCU Band featured in the Drum and Bugle Corp Magazine “Halftime” twice. Once for the top 10 field shows in the country and the other was a centerfold story about the band performance for the 2010 Pro Bowl halftime.
Performed for the christening of the Disney Cruise Ship “The Dream”. 2011
The Marching Wildcats was the focus of a reality show with ESPNU called the “Battle”. The show will follow the band for the entire season giving an inside view of what HBCU Bands are all about. The show aired for five weeks starting Thursday, November 4, 2010. The show ended with the band battle between FAMU and BCU at the Florida Classic in November.
Wells was a featured guest on the nationally televised show “Outside the Lines” on ESPN twice to give his perspective on HBCU band community and the impact of hazing.
The Marching Wildcats performed an exhibition show in Charlotte, NC in August of 2015, 2016 & 2017 for “The Queen City Battle of the Bands” sponsored by McDonalds.
The Marching Wildcats auxiliary units consist of the Sophisticat Flag Corp and the nationally known 14KT Gold Dancers. The Marching Wildcat legacy continues as the band strives to bring the finest in halftime performances to viewing audiences.
The Marching Wildcats are under the leadership of Mr. Donovan V. Wells, Director of Bands. Mr. Wells is a 1984 alumnus of Bethune-Cookman University and a 1995 graduate of the Norfolk State University Graduate School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia.
The Band Staff:
Mr. James Poitier-Associate Director of Bands/Arranger
Mr. Pedro Orey-Assistant Director/Percussion
Mrs. Villajean Williams-Secretary
Mr. Ken Moore-Announcer
Mr. Ernest Hamilton-Auxiliary/Drum Majors
Mr. Timothy Milam-Videographer
All directors are full-time faculty members in the music department, and hold a minimum of the Master of Music Education Degree.