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 make sure you actually know how to put the instrument together :)  It's a way for you to come to campus to learn some more about the University and our program. 
Auditioning students for woodwind & brass instruments should prepare the following:
  1. The scale and excerpts for your instrument from the document linked below.
  2. A piece of your choosing that best demonstrates your ability both in technical and lyrical playing.
Please bring a copy of the music for the piece of your choosing for the staff to follow while you play. Please contact Andy Kolar at with any questions.  
Video Auditions:
Students wishing to submit a video audition instead of an in-person audition may do so.  Videos should be uploaded to YouTube, Google Drive, or any other site that will allow the staff to view it. Video auditions should be one continuous video for all audition materials.  For woodwind and brass students, a metronome must be used for the scale, but not the other portions of the audition. Please send all audition videos to
Woodwinds & Brass
Orchestral strings students should perform a piece of their choosing that best demonstrates their ability level. The below pieces are not required, but are provided merely as options if auditioning students don't have anything else to prepare. 
  • 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
Percussionists should pick the below pieces that best fit their skill level. These specific pieces are not required, but are here merely as an option for auditioning students. 
Snare Drum:
  • 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
  • Basic patterns on Conga, Bongo, Clave, Timbale, Cowbell, Pandeiro

Please prepare 2-3 pieces that showcase your abilities.  We would like to see a contrast between pieces. 

We're 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 if you don't know the below terms. 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
  • Basic Dance & Movement Skills

It would be nice to see spinning skills in context of a part of a routine or show. It could be written for this audition specifically or it could be part of a past show. It should incorporate dance & spinning skills. Music can be used, but auditioning students will need to bring a CD player or speakers. Students should also wear something that can allow adequate movement to demonstrate  dance and movement skill. 

Baton Twirlers
We would like to see a brief routine that best demonstrates your abilities. We are looking for consistency in twirling and dance technique, although having a dance background is not required. Hair should be pulled back and if you would like music, you need to bring your own equipment. Twirlers should demonstrate good showmanship and be proficient in one and two baton, and be able to do simple three baton juggles. The below techniques should be represented in the routine.
One Baton:
  • Basic elbow rolls 
  • Vertical three spin caught right or left
  • Vertical toss illusion
  • Finger twirls
  • Horizontal two spin
  • Any impressive field trick (high toss w kick, illusion, gymnastic)
  • Proficient with left and right hand

Two Baton:

  • Basic two baton juggles
  • Basic horizontal/vertical combos
  • High/low combos

Three Baton:

  • At least four consistent three baton juggles