Laker Marching Band

23 GVSU highlights from 2023

See some of the top stories, videos, social media and photos that captured life as Lakers.

Dec 19, 2023

Laker Marching Band in photos: 2023 season kicks off with camp that sets the tone

See how the band members prepare for the first home football game and beyond.

Sep 14, 2023

Busy senior earns Homecoming Regent title

Throughout her time at Grand Valley, Brooklyn Chaffee has been involved in almost a dozen organizations and activities.

Nov 17, 2021

GVSU in photos, August 2021: Beginnings, goodbyes and a wooden shoe regatta

See the images that caught our eye in the last month.

Sep 1, 2021

Marching forward: Laker Marching Band season means some mainstays, fewer performances, same passion

Band leaders and members are rolling through a season of adjustments with their same pride.

Oct 6, 2020

No detail too small as Laker Marching Band gets ready for first show

Getting the 215 members of the Laker Marching Band ready for their first home game on Sept. 7 and the entire season is at times a painstaking step-by-step process.

Sep 3, 2019

President Haas, Laker Marching Band, Dance Company to kick off ArtPrize 10

The ArtPrize opening ceremony will take place Wednesday, September 19, from 7-9 p.m. at Rosa Parks Circle in Grand Rapids. The Laker Marching Band will begin the festivities with a performance at the Eberhard Center before performing again at Rosa Parks Circle with the GVSU Dance Company, President Haas and Louie the Laker.

Sep 17, 2018

Laker Marching Band finds new "Voice" in GVSU alumnus

Joel Paauwe, '15, has been named the new "Voice of the Laker Marching Band." The "Voice" announces for the marching band during pregame and halftime shows at all home football games, exhibition shows, select away games, and the annual Laker Marching Band Bandorama concert.

Sep 5, 2018

Auditions open for chance to become the "Voice of the Laker Marching Band"

"Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the Pride of the Midwest - the Laker Marching Band!" This statement proclaimed by the "Voice of the Laker Marching Band" can be commonly heard bellowing throughout Lubbers Stadium during home football games at Grand Valley to energize the crowd for performances by the 200-member ensemble. For more than 20 years, the man behind the voice has been Tom Yackish, who has officially retired from the role. As a result, auditions are currently open in the search for the next announcer.

May 29, 2018

ArtPrize Nine to kick off with Laker Marching Band, GVSU Dance Co.

The ArtPrize Nine kickoff event will take place Wednesday, September 20, from 7-8 p.m. at Rosa Parks Circle, located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. The 220-member Laker Marching Band will begin the festivities with a performance at the Eberhard Center on Grand Valley's Pew Grand Rapids Campus at 6:15 p.m. before marching in cadence across the Blue Pedestrian Bridge through downtown to Rosa Parks Circle.

Sep 18, 2017