Additional Details

Championship Fund gifts can be added to Chippewa Club membership donations to upgrade your club membership level. Chippewa Champions must be members of the Chippewa Club to receive benefits .

Donors will receive university receipts for their gift(s).
Pledges can be made for multiple years.

How You Can Help

• Make an online gift
• Send a check payable to CMU Marching Band to:

Chippewa Athletic Fund
Carlin Alumni House
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859

For More Information
Chippewa Athletic Fund Office: (989) 774-6680

James Batcheller, marching band director:
(989) 774-3317

E-mail us

to request additional information about this Championship Fund.

From the Desk of James Batcheller:

The Chippewa Marching Band relies on so many people for its continued excellence and success - coaches, players, parents, alumni, students and friends - we are proud to be part of the CMU community and to carry the Chippewa name.

No group of supporters is more valuable to us than the fans in the stands! For more than ninety years we have made it our number one priority to entertain the Chippewa Faithful while firing them up in support of our football team. Your support of our program through the Marching Band Championship Fund goes a long way toward supporting our efforts.

In recent years, generous donor support has given our trumpet and trombone sections the benefit of professional quality instruments. Also, Championship Fund donations help to ensure that we have the best instructional materials and equipment available!

Thank you for helping ensure the continued excellence of our Marching Chips for years to come!

Dr. James Batcheller
Director, The Chippewa Marching Band

Completed Championship Fund Initiatives

Current Championship Fund Initiatives

Student Recognition

Funding would ensure complete sponsorship of our annual awards banquet, which is our single opportunity to give recognition to our student leaders and scholarship winners for all their hard work each year.

Annual Cost: $6,000

Hearing Protection

Imagine working on a job site with jackhammers and concrete cutters working full tilt. Amazingly, the noise levels there would not quite come up to the volume of sound our students experience when playing together in close quarters! Recent innovations have solved that problem and in 2013 we were able to use Championship Fund dollars to fit the entire band with high fidelity, equal attenuation ear plugs (EAP). The results were fantastic. Not only are our kids protected from chronic hearing loss, they can actually hear one another better and play better in tune when we're in the stands!

Annual Cost: $1,800


The CMU Athletic Training program, in cooperation with the College of Communication and Fine Arts and the College of Medicine, has been examining the possibility of assigning trained personnel and interns to see to our physical training and injury prevention needs. Many NCAA bands have found that such efforts dramatically reduce the incidence of injury that can come from the high-impact aerobic activity that goes into our energetic and entertaining shows!

Annual Cost: $5,000-$15,000

Professional Development

Annual meetings of the National Collegiate Marching and Athletic Band Directors and other professional conferences provide our staff the opportunity to stay abreast of current issues and trends and to participate with colleagues from across the NCAA in developing programs that ensure the vitality of our program and the health and safety of our students.

Annual Cost: $3,000

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