About Us

Welcome to the Screamin' Eagles Pep Band!

Founded in 1930, the American University Pep Band is the university's musical spirit at athletic events, community activities, and various university functions. Our membership includes a diverse range of backgrounds including students from all academic colleges & majors, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. In addition, our members are involved in a wide-variety of campus activities, fraternities and sororities, clubs, athletic teams, and societies, and come from all parts of the country.

The Screamin' Eagles Pep Band's primary function is to help foster school spirit on the American University campus. We accomplish this with performances at athletic events (men's basketball and women's volleyball games) and other functions, including pep rallies and alumni events. On average, the Pep Band performs at 20 school functions per semester.

The AU Screamin’ Eagles Pep Band is also proud to perform annually at the Marine Corps Marathon in the fall and the National Cherry Blossom Festival in the spring. In recent years the band has also enjoyed performing outside the Verizon Center for fans before attending a basketball game and we have also had opportunities to travel and perform with the AU Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams when they qualify for the NCAA tournaments.

For questions about the AU Pep Band, please email the student leadership, PepBand@american.edu


Meet the Director


Dr. Marc Decker is a Musician in Residence on the faculty at American University where he

 serves as director of the Screamin’ Eagles Pep Band. Additionally, Decker is director of the Symphonic Band, teaches applied lessons in conducting, and instructs a general education course in music. He is an active arranger of music for athletic bands, clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator throughout the Washington DC area. 

Before moving to the East Coast, Decker was a graduate assistant at the University of Iowa. At Iowa, he guest conducted the various concert ensembles, directed the Iowa Pep Band, and assisted in the daily operation of the 260-member ‘Hawkeye’ Marching Band. During this time, he studied conducting with the director of bands Dr. Richard Mark Heidel and drill design with the Marching Band Director Professor Kevin Kastens. Prior to coming to Iowa, Decker was director of bands at South Haven High School in South Haven, Michigan. He directed the ‘Purple Pride’ Marching Band, the high school concert bands, jazz bands, and coached chamber ensembles. The bands at South Haven earned superior ratings during his tenure as director.

Contact Dr. Marc Decker by email, decker@american.edu