Instrumental/Guard Audition Material

All students (instrumental and guard) must complete an audition to enter the band program. Contact the Band Staff to schedule a date for a tour of campus and an audition time. Don't let the word audition scare you. We just want to hear how you play, that's all. It's a way for you to come to campus to learn some more about our University and our program. It's very low-key.
Auditioning students for woodwind & brass instruments should prepare the following:
  • The excerpts for your instrument from the document linked below.
  • A piece (of your choosing) that best demonstrates your ability both in technical and lyrical playing.
Please bring a copy of all the music you will be performing with you for the staff to follow while you play. 

Please contact Andy Kolar at with any questions.  
Woodwinds & Brass
  • Easy- Pachelbel's Canon, by Johann Pachelbel/ arr. Donald Fraser  Pachelbel PDF
  • Moderate- Concerto in A minor, by Antonio Vivaldi  Vivaldi PDF
  • Difficult- Czardas, by Vittorio Monti  Czardas PDF
  • Easy- Gavotte, by P. Martini (Suzuki, Book 3)  Gavotte PDF
  • Moderate- Concerto in G, by Telemann  Telemann PDF
  • Difficult- Concerto in D Op. 1, by Stamitz  Stamitz PDF
  • Moderate- The Swan, by Saint-Saens  Swan PDF
  • Difficult- Kol Nidrei, by Max Bruch  Bruch PDF
Guitar/Bass Guitar
  • We would like to hear a few different styles.  (Jazz, Blues, Rock, Bluegrass, etc...) For example, something chordal and also something more melodic. Different strumming/plucking techniques are welcome.  If you are playing electric guitar/bass, we can provide an amp but you must provide any necessary cables/pedals.
Snare Drum:
  • Perform 2 Pyramid-style rudiments of your choice (start at a slow tempo, get to the fastest tempo possible while maintaining interpretation and sound quality, then slow down to original tempo)
  • Etude #5, by Mitchell Peters (Intermediate Snare Drum Studies) Peters 5 PDF
  • Single Strokin', by Edward Freytag (The Rudimental Cookbook)  Snare PDF
  • Perform 2 scales up and down, major or minor, 2 octaves
  • Musette, by J.S. Bach/ trans. Mark Johnson (Solos and Etudes for Marimba) Musette PDF
  • Yellow After the Rain, by Mitchell Peters (4-Mallet, excerpt only)  Yellow PDF
  • Perform half-scales up and down in half-notes (Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-Fa-Mi-Re-Do) (29" or 26")
  • Etude No. 3, by Mitchell Peters (2-drum) (Fundamental Method for Timpani)  Timp PDF
  • Etude #4, by John Beck (4-drum) (Concepts for Timpani) Timp2 PDF
Drum set:
  • Play both jazz and rock styles (16-bar phrases or so)
    • We're looking for time-keeping, rhythmic clarity, sound quality, comping patterns, blend
Marching Percussion:
  • Basic patterns on Conga, Bongo, Clave, Timbale, Cowbell, Pandeiro
We're basically looking for basic spinning and tossing techniques. The fancy and flashy stuff can be taught but fundamentals are very important. We understand that different programs have different names for techniques, so just do your best. Weapon experience is not required, but we do use both rifle and sabre.  

  • Right & Left Drop Spins
  • Pole Hits
  • Half, Whole, and 1.5 Tosses
  • Parallel Tosses
  • 45 Tosses
  • Right & Left Spins
  • Left Hand Tosses up to 5s
  • Blade Tosses on sabre up to Triples
  • Spins & Stops
It would be nice to see your spinning skills in context of a part of a routine or show. You could make it up or it could be part of a past show you've done. It should incorporate dance & spinning skills. You can use music or choose to perform without it, but you will need to bring a CD player or speakers for yourself. Please also wear something that you can move adequately in to demonstrate your skill.