Audition Process

  • Submit Intent to Audition Form

    The Intent to Audition form can be completed at any time prior to admission to BYU. Upon completion of this form and admission to BYU, the audition information packet is emailed to interested individuals.

  • Record Audition

    Practice and record your audition

  • Submit Your Audition

    Email your audition and additional application materials.

Brass & Woodwinds
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Before auditioning, applicants must have previously submitted an INTENT TO AUDITION FORM, following which audition materials are sent out at the beginning of March.  The Intent to Audition form can be completed at any time prior to admission to BYU.

An audition consists of playing the required material which includes:

  • 4 scales and the chromatic scale for woodwinds; 2 scales and the chromatic scale for brass
  • a lyrical etude
  • a technical etude
  • additional exercises
  • optional etudes or solos of the applicant’s choice

Auditions must be received by May 1. Positions are awarded as qualified players audition and announcements of membership and scholarship awards will be sent beginning May 15.  Please be considerate and patient, as we receive between 350 and 400 applications each year. 225 students are accepted into the band each fall. Some instrument areas are more competitive (piccolo, clarinet, drums) generally receiving between 20–60 applicants each.

Additional audition recordings will be accepted until the band is completely staffed, but those who audition late have a much less likely chance of getting a position. Filling all positions may extend to the middle or end of May for a few sections. However, most sections are extremely competitive. We urge prospective members to audition as soon as possible.

As you receive notification of acceptance in the band, you can register for the marching band class (Music 323R, Section 1). Registration is by computer through AIM on your myBYU account once you have been admitted to the university.

Drumline
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The BYU Drumline typically fields 8 – 10 snares, 4 – 5 tenors, 5 bass drums, and 6 – 8 cymbals. This varies slightly from year to year, depending on available talent.  The number of available positions changes every year depending on how many members are returning as well as the talent of auditioning applicants. In general, there are 25-28 total members of the drumline and as many as 60 applicants, so competition can be tough.  The Cougar Marching Band does not have a front ensemble with keyboards, timpani, etc.

Before auditioning, applicants must have previously submitted an INTENT TO AUDITION FORM, following which audition materials are sent out at the beginning of March.  The Intent to Audition form can be completed at any time prior to admission to BYU.

An audition consists of playing the required material which includes:

  • rhythm
  • timing
  • listening exercises
  • etudes
  • optional etudes or solos as supplemental material of the applicant’s choice

Auditions must be video recorded as a DVD or video file (mp4, mpeg, wmv) with the applicant performing the material and marking time simultaneously.

Auditions must be received by May 1. Positions are awarded as qualified players audition and announcements of membership and scholarship awards will be sent beginning May 15.  Please be considerate and patient, as we receive between 350 and 400 applications each year with 20-60 applicants for drumline.

Additional audition recordings will be accepted until the band is completely staffed, but those who audition late have a much less likely chance of getting a position. Filling all positions may extend to the middle or end of May for a few sections. However, most sections are extremely competitive. We urge prospective members to audition as soon as possible.

As you receive notification of acceptance in the band, you can register for the marching band class (Music 323R, Section 1). Registration is by computer through AIM on your myBYU account once you have been admitted to the university.

Color Guard
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The BYU Color Guard is a group of approximately 25 women who have experience and training with flags, rifles, and other visual effect equipment.

Before auditioning, applicants must have previously submitted an INTENT TO AUDITION FORM. More information regarding the details of auditions will then be sent to you at the beginning of March.  The Intent to Audition form can be completed at any time prior to admission to BYU.

There are three opportunities to audition for the BYU Color Guard:

Those attending the live audition will participate in a clinic teaching the basics of flag and movement. These basics include but are not limited to: drop spins, double time, carves, single tosses, one and a half tosses, horizontal or parallel tosses on flag and the movement basics of jazz walks, chaînés turns, battements, sautés, chasses, and brush leaps. A short routine will also be taught.

Video auditions must include the following basics on flag:

  • 32 counts of drop spins
  • 32 counts of double time
  • 32 counts of carves
  • 8 single tosses
  • 8 one and a half tosses
  • 8 horizontal or parallel tosses

Video auditions must also include the following movement basics:

  • 8 chaînés (shu-nae) turns on each side
  • 8 battements (straight leg kicks) on each side
  • 8 sautés (straight leg jumps from one leg landing on the same leg) on each side
  • 8 chassés (step-together-step) on each side
  • 8 brush leaps (leaping keeping legs straight from floor to extended position) on each side

Email your recording to band-office@byu.edu or mail your audition to the following address:

BYU Bands
C-550 HFAC
School of Music
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT  84602

As you receive notification of acceptance in the band, you can register for the marching band class (Music 323R, Section 1). Registration is by computer through AIM on your myBYU account once you have been admitted to the university.

Application Deadlines

Application

Begins: April 15
Deadline: May 1

Audition Instructions

Audition information will be sent via email around the end of February.
The intent to audition form must be completed before then.
Deadline: May 1

Audition Submission

Begins: April 15
Deadline: May 1

Admission Notification

Begins: May 15 until band is filled

Color Guard Auditions

Live Auditions:
April 8, 2017   9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
July 8, 2017   9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

All live auditions are held in the Cougar Marching Band Hall at LaVell Edwards Stadium.

Video Auditions Deadline:
July 10, 2017

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