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. What we want to hear is music that best demonstrates your abilities on your instrument(s).  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.
Auditioning students should have two pieces of contrasting styles. You may play something that you are preparing on your own (private lessons, other auditions, school ensemble piece) if it would be appropriate. If you play more than one instrument, you are more then welcome to play your other instrument(s) as well! If you own your own instrument it is preferred that you perform on your instrument because that is what you are most comfortable with.  If you will need to use one of our instruments for the audition, please make sure you inquire before-hand. Auditions via digital format (CD, DVD, YouTube, mp3) are accepted.  We invite all prospective students interested in our program to create a free profile at and add Sacred Heart University as a school of interest.  AuditionU is a website for students to search for college music programs, connect with faculty in their area of interest, and upload audio and video recordings to submit to performing arts faculty.  Adding SHU to your profile provides a great way to connect with our faculty members and learn more about the variety of Performing Arts programs we have to offer!

The music listed below is a list of recommended pieces for your auditions if you do not have anything else in mind or if you would like something else to prepare.  These specific pieces are not required, but they are indicative of the stipulations mentioned above.  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.  
  • Sonata in F Major (Second Mvmt- Allegro) by Benedetto Marcello Flute PDF
Bass Clarinet
  • Sonate II (Movement II- Allegro) by G.F. Handel  Oboe PDF
Alto Sax
  • Sonata No. 3 (Mvmt. II- Allegro) by G.F. Handel  Alto Sax PDF
Tenor Sax
Bari Sax



  • Sonata Movements (from Sonata in DM, Mvmt II-Allegro) by G.F. Handel  Trumpet PDF
  • Romanza and Rondo (Rondo Mvmt)  by W.A. Mozart  Horn PDF
  • Etude No. 3, trans. & arr. by Joannes Rochut (Melodious Etudes for Trombone, Book 1- Bordogni)  Trombone/Baritone PDF
  • Study #90, by Robert W. Getchell/ ed. Nilo W. Hovey (Second Book of Practical Studies for Tuba)  Tuba1 PDF
  • Study #42, by Robert W. Getchell/ ed. Nilo W. Hovey (First Book of Practical Studies for Tuba)  Tuba2 PDF
  • 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.