The 250 member UCLA Bruin Marching Band, known as The Solid Gold Sound, represents the University at major athletic and extracurricular events. During the fall marching season, the Band performs at the Rose Bowl for UCLABruin home football games. Pregame shows by the Band aim to build crowd energy and enthusiasm with traditional UCLA songs like Strike Up the Band for UCLA, Sons of Westwood and The Mighty Bruins. Throughout the game, the Band performs custom-arranged rock and pop songs, as well as the traditional fight songs and cheers of the University. The UCLA Varsity band appears at basketball games and other athletic contests in Pauley Pavilion.
The UCLA Band program, which includes the Marching and Varsity bands, the Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic Band, is in the School of the Arts and Architecture's Department of Music, part of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music . Band appearances at athletic events are funded by the UCLA Athletic department, as well as student registration fees, and the Solid Gold Sound foundation.
Instrumentation of the Solid Gold Sound is similar to other major college marching bands.