Marching Bulldogs


The Gardner-Webb University MARCHING BULLDOGS is a corps-style marching band under the direction of Dr. Mark Cole.

The band performs at:

  • each home football game,
  • select away games,
  • and high school competition exhibitions. 


Each member of the MARCHING BULLDOGS receives a $1,000 scholarship!!

Are you interested in becoming a Marching Bulldog?  Email Dr. Mark Cole, Director of Bands, for more information.  



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Meet the Director

Dr. Mark R. Cole

Director of Bands
Coordinator of Music Education


Mark Cole is the Director of Bands and Coordinator of Music Education at Gardner-Webb University, in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, where he teaches courses in secondary music methods, marching band techniques, instrumental conducting, and teaches the percussion studio and the symphonic, marching and pep bands. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Music Degree in wind conducting from the Florida State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education from the University of South Florida. He has directed the bands at Ridgewood High School (New Port Richie, FL); North Port High School (North Port, FL); Cypress Creek High School (Orlando, FL), and the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts (Jacksonville, FL), which won the 2006 Down Beat Magazine Student Music Award for the best arts school symphonic band in the nation. During his career as a Navy musician, he served as Musical Director for the Midshipman Drum and Bugle Corps at the U.S. Naval Academy, Director of the Navy Band Memphis, TN, Director of the Sixth Fleet Band in Naples, Italy, and as the Assistant Director/Associate Conductor of the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC.  Dr. Cole composes and arranges for high school bands around the country and is in frequent demand as a guest clinician, consultant, and conductor. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha, Music Educators National Conference, the College Music Society, the College Band Directors National Association and the Central States Judges Association, and was selected for inclusion in the 2007 Who’s Who in America.


Contact Information

Marching Band
Gardner-Webb University
P.O. Box 7313
Boiling Springs, NC 28017
(704) 406-BAND