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If you want to learn more about the audition process, you’re in the right place. See below to learn about each section and audition requirements.

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Begin the audition process by filling out the application form by clicking on the button below. This prompts us to send you the appropriate audition materials and audition instruction starting in early March.

Sections and Audition Requirements

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Brass & Woodwind

The Power of the Wasatch has 175 brass and woodwind members. The BYU Cougar Marching Band fields:

  • Piccolos
  • Clarinets
  • Alto Saxophones
  • Tenor Saxophones
  • Trumpets
  • Marching French Horns
  • Trombones
  • Baritones
  • Tubas

The Cougar Marching Band does not march mellophones or flutes but applicants are welcome to use these instruments for their audition on French horn and piccolo, respectively.

Auditions

After submitting an intent to audition form, audition materials will be sent in early March including the following:

  • (Woodwinds) 4 scales and the chromatic scale
  • (Brass) 2 scales and the chromatic scale
  • Long tones
  • 1 lyrical etude
  • 1 technical etude
  • Optional etudes/solos of the applicant’s choice as supplemental materials

Your audition should be an audio recording of the material in wav or mp3 format.

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Drumline

The BYU Drumline typically fields 25-28 total members including:

  • 8 to 10 Snares
  • 4 to 5 Tenors
  • 5 Bass Drums
  • 6 to 8 Cymbals

The Cougar Marching Band does not have a front ensemble with keyboards, timpani, etc.

Auditions

After submitting an intent to audition form, audition materials will be sent in early March including the following:

  • Rhythm, Timing, & Listening Exercises
  • Etudes
  • Optional etudes/solos of the applicant’s choice as supplemental materials

Your audition should be a video recording showing you performing the material and your feet simultaneously marking time. All video should be in mp4, mpeg, or wmv format.

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Color Guard

The BYU Color Guard is a group of 25-30 women who have experience and training with flags, rifles, and other visual equipment.

Auditions

After submitting an intent to audition form, audition materials will be sent in early March including the following:

Flag Basics

  • 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

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 (straight leg jumps from one leg landing on the same leg) on each side
  • 8 BRUSH LEAPS (leaping keeping legs straight from floor to extended position) on each side

Color Guard auditions are held in person on the following dates:

  • TBA (details will be sent to you after filling out the intent to audition form)

Auditions Due May 1st

Acceptance Into the Band

Positions are awarded as qualified players audition and announcements of membership and scholarship awards will be sent after May 15. Color Guard members will receive acceptance a few weeks after the audition. Please be considerate and patient, as we receive between 350-400 applications for the band each year.

Additional audition recordings will be accepted until the band is completely staffed, but those who audition late have a much lower 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.

After receiving admission to BYU, and as you receive notification of acceptance into the band, you can register for the marching band class (Music 322R, Section 1). Registration is through MyMap on your myBYU account.

Talent and Service Awards

Scholarships, also known as talent/service awards, are available to all members of the Cougar Marching Band and are automatically awarded to students when they accept membership and agree to the scholarship policy.  All scholarships are for the fall semester unless otherwise indicated.

Marching Band Membership

All membership awards begin at $600 with increasing amounts determined by ability, instrumentation needs, and prior service to the band.

Concert Band Acceptance

Award of $200 in the fall and $200 in the winter to marching band members who are accepted to and concurrently enrolled in Symphonic Band or Wind Symphony with the expectation that their enrollment in these concert bands continue into the winter semester.

Music Major Status

Award of $200 to students who have been admitted into the BYU School of Music and are participating in Marching Band.

Marching Band Leadership

Award of varying amounts to members who are also in a leadership position for the marching band (i.e. Section Leader, Uniform Committee, etc.)

Mission Deferment

Before Your First Semester

Students who are preparing to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before attending their first semester at BYU are invited to complete the audition process now while your playing abilities are still prime. 

  1. Complete the intent to audition form and select the mission deferment option.
  2. Audition materials will be sent to you to practice and record.
  3. Submit your audition materials.
  4. During auditions for the season you plan to return for, your audition will be reviewed and acceptance will be considered then.

Current Marching Band Members

Cougar Marching Band members who participate in a large ensemble during the winter semester do not need to re-audition for the next season of marching band.  Members who do not participate in a large ensemble during the winter semester will be required to re-audition for the marching band for the following season.

Large ensembles that fulfill the requirement include:

  • University Band
  • Symphonic Band*
  • Wind Symphony*
  • University Orchestra
  • Symphony Orchestra*
  • Philharmonic Orchestra*

*Audition or director’s consent required.

Jazz and small ensembles DO NOT qualify for this requirement.

Members that depart for a mission during the winter semester and are unable to take classes do not need to re-audition.

Apply now by filling out an application. If you have more questions about the band, auditioning, or anything else please see the frequently asked questions or send us a message.

Contact

BYU Cougar Marching Band
E-485 Harris Fine Arts Center
Provo, Utah 84602
801-422-2510

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