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Green Machine takes on The Basketball Tournament

July 31, 2019

​The Green Machine pep band had a great time in Richmond performing at The Basketball Tournament! 

We cheered on the GMU alumni basketball team, also named "Green Machine." It was our first time playing for many of these Mason alumni. Our band had a large alumni turnout as well, which was a lot of fun for our current members. The pep band was huge despite being in Richmond and in July!

In total, we got to play 4 games over the weekend. The VCU Peppas even joined us and we had a blast playing alongside them!

Green Machine Ensembles finish strong at WGI Championships

April 23, 2019

​The Mason Open Winterguard absolutely crushed their competition and earned first place (scored a 99.0) in independent open class at WGI Guard Championships in Dayton, Ohio. This is the group's highest score, first gold medal, and the sixth highest score in WGI guard!

Just one week later, the GMU Indoor Drumline earned tenth place (scored a 90.875) in independent world class at WGI Percussion Championships. Tenth place is the group's second highest placement (eighth in 2013) and this is the group's third year in a row earning a spot on finals night!

Our groups are the best in the Mid-Atlantic region and full of great hardworking students. We hope to see more history being made in the 2020 season next year! 

Ryan Carter appointed as Ensembles Coordinator

December 10, 2018

​Green Machine Ensembles is proud to welcome Ryan Carter as our newly appointed full time classified staff Ensembles Coordinator!

Ryan has been playing in the Green Machine Pep Band since 2014. He has been in the Operations Crew and has held the title of Senior Operations Crew Leader. Ryan has been the recipient of the 2017-2018 GME Director’s Award and the 2016-2017 Distinguished Quill Award for Junior Leadership. He is expected to earn his Bachelors of Arts in Music in May of 2019. Ryan previously worked as the Ensembles Assistant, and looks forward to bringing the skills he learned to his new position.

Crowdfunding for Green Machine Ensembles, featuring The Cookie Jar Club as our sponsor!

November 01, 2018

Please, join your fellow Patriots by supporting The Green Machine's travel costs today! Check out our website here:

Matt Dievendorf joins the Green Machine Ensembles team

November 01, 2018

Green Machine Ensembles is proud to welcome Matt Dievendorf to work with our guitar students!

After finishing high school Matt was recruited by the U.S. Marine Corps as a guitarist. Four years later, after graduating from the Armed Forces School of Music and performing in hundreds of concerts, he headed to the University of Michigan School of Music. While at Michigan, Matt performed with the University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble and performed on William Bolcom’s 2005 GRAMMY Award winning album Songs of Innocence and of Experience. He graduated from the University of Michigan with highest honors. Matt spent several years in Washington, DC as a key player in the DC and Baltimore music communities, and as an accomplished guitar instructor at Levine Music. In 2013, Matt relocated to Los Angeles, California to study in the famed Studio/Jazz Guitar Program at the University of Southern California. He has earned a Master’s degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Thornton School of Music at USC. Matt is the 2018 outstanding doctoral graduate of the Thornton School of Music.

Nationals-Cubs NLDS Game 1 best and worst: Washington offense lets Stephen Strasburg down

October 06, 2017

Every occasion is better with Doc Nix and George Mason’s “Green Machine,” who entertained fans inside Nationals Park before the game. It’s been an eventful few months for the pep band, who played a surprise performance with Lady Antebellum in June.

George Mason’s ‘Green Machine’ joins Lady Antebellum for surprise performance

June 26, 2017

It wasn’t until the final song before the encore at WMZQ Fest at Jiffy Lube Live that country trio Lady Antebellum revealed the “huge surprise” the group teased on social media ahead of Saturday’s show. It was a doozy. Thirty members of George Mason’s “Green Machine” pep band, along with Dr. Michael Nickens (a.k.a. Doc Nix) and associate director Jeremy Freer, helped Lady Antebellum perform their hit single “You Look Good.”

-D.C. Sports Bog, The Washington Post

Cadence: Mean Green drumline stays in step with new hires

June 30, 2017

The Mean Green, the indoor drumline of George Mason University’s Green Machine Ensembles, has made some key changes in its leadership as it nears its 10th performance year.

George Mason’s ‘Green Machine’ and VCU’s ‘Peppas’ named top two college pep bands

January 07, 2015

While George Mason is not nearly the best team in the Atlantic 11, the Fairfax school does boast the best pep band in the country, at least according to

- D.C. Sports Bog, The Washington Post

George Mason’s blinged-out Doc Nix is a good bandleader and an even better garden gnome

October 22, 2015

We all too quickly assumed that Georgetown had already clinched the title of “best local college basketball promotional giveaway item of the season” when it released images of its skateboarding bulldog bobblehead earlier this week.


Well, not so fast. The skateboarding bulldog bobblehead is now lustily challenged by the Doc Nix garden gnome, a George Mason production honoring its blinged-out bandleader who blares his brassy bold blouses every time he brings his band onto the basketball court.

- D.C. Sports Bog, The Washington Post

George Mason band, president chant ‘No School’

February 13, 2014

The George Mason Green Machine has long been among the best basketball pep bands in the country.

Those crazy kids added to their resume Wednesday night, when they started a rousing “No School” chant during a women’s basketball game. School President Angel Cabrera soon joined in.

- D.C. Sports Bog, The Washington Post

George Mason pep band covers Skrillex

August 26, 2013

This is usually a blog sort of about sports, rather than sort of about pep bands. But when I posted George Mason’s pep band doing a Rage Against the Machine medley a few years back, the video wound up with nearly 2 million views. Needless to say, my sort-of sports updates don’t get 2 million readers.

- D.C. Sports Bog, The Washington Post

George Mason conducts massive recycling experiment at Patriot Center game

January 31, 2014

“Green Game” t-shirts were given out, a pre-game tailgate was held (with many fine juices and waters, I’m sure), and sustainability-themed contests were staged during the timeouts. All this in addition to a first-ever Atlantic 10 conference game between the Patriots and Colonials, where fans could argue over whose mascot had more revolutionary cred. The Colonials won on the court, 75-69, but Patriots is a cooler nickname and when it comes to band leaders, no one tops the Green Machine’s Doc Nix.

- Tom Jackman, The Washington Post

Led by Doc Nix, Green Machine pep band builds a following at George Mason

February 01, 2012

A YouTube video of George Mason University’s pep band performing a two-minute Rage Against the Machine medley, posted last February, got more than 1.7 million views. A similar video of the band performing Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” was viewed by 112,000 people.


If the best kind of publicity is free, then Mason’s pep band — known as the Green Machine — has become a PR machine for the school, working to raise its profile through music.

- Holly Hobbs, The Washington Post

Green Machine Leaves for Denver

March 18, 2008

A brief synopsis of the George Mason pep band's last in-game performance, a more than two hour set at the CAA final. The musical director, the much-blogged about Doc Nix, danced it out, despite having had a root canal that morning. Nix was, as always, dressed in a style that could either be described as "flashy but classy"

- D.C. Sports Bog, The Washington Post

George Mason pep band plays Rage Against the Machine

February 24, 2011

So when I heard the Green Machine has recently added a Rage Against the Machine medley to their songbook, I was understandably curious.


"A new arrangement by our Assistant Director Jeremy Freer," Doc Nix e-mailed me. "Rocked it for the first time at the JMU game. Bulls on Parade mashed up with Killing in the Name. Haven't had a rapper in the band for a while so it's good to have that back."

- D.C. Sports Bog, The Washington Post

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