Mission Deferment Audition Process

Serving Mission Before
First BYU 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.  We will retain your audition materials and process/review them for the first marching band season after returning from a full-time mission.  This option does not guarantee applicants a position in the Marching Band after their mission.

Mission Deferment Audition Process

  • Intent to Audition Form

    Following completion of this form, the audition information packet is emailed to interested individuals who marked the Mission Deferment Option on the form.

  • Record Audition

    Practice and record your audition.

  • Submit Your Audition

    Email your audition and additional application materials.

  • Prepare & Serve a Mission

    We will retain your audition and application materials until the completion of your mission. We will process and review them for the first marching season after your return from a full-time mission.

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*

Jazz and small ensembles DO NOT qualify for this requirement.

*=Audition or director’s consent required.

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

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