All UT-Martin students interested in performing in either the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band or Jazz Band should sign up for an audition on the bulletin board outside Clement 452. This audition is required for entrance into the Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band. The Concert Band is open to all students and this audition will serve only to place musicians within sections.
Excerpts will be available on the University Bands website: utm.edu/bands. In addition to the prepared excerpts, there will be a short sight reading excerpt that will be on the stand when you enter the room. In order to be unbiased, auditions will be blind - you will play your excerpts behind a screen and not see the panel. Please refrain from speaking. All wind auditions will be held in Clement 471 (Chamber Ensemble Room). Percussion auditions will be held in the University Center Percussion Studio.
We welcome students who are not music majors to audition for any of our concert ensembles.
Reference recordings for the pieces from which the audition excerpts are included in Dr Oelrich's iTunesU, which is accessible through the UTM Portal. Please consult these recordings for style and performance practice questions. Feel free to use NAXOS and Spotify, as well. Beware of performance quality when consulting YouTube recordings.
Please see the audition schedule below. All auditions will be blind and take place in the Band Rehearsal Hall, Room 134 in the Fine Arts Building. Sign up for an audition time outside of the Band Rehearsal Hall.
Saturday, August 24
9:00-10:30 - Saxophone, Oboe & Bassoon
10:30-12:00 - Trumpet
12:00-1:30 - Trombone
1:30-3:00 - Clarinet
Sunday, August 25
1:00-2:00 - Horn
2:00-3:00 - Flute
3:00-4:30 - Tuba & Euphonium
Monday, August 26
4:00-6:30 - Percussion (to be held in the Percussion Room)
Auditions for placement into Jazz Band will take place concurrently with Wind Ensemble auditions. If you wish to be considered for a chair in the Jazz Band, please prepare the included Jazz excerpt. Contact Dr. Gorman for more information.
The Marching and Athletic Bands are open to any student with prior participation in a high school marching band. The Skyhawk Marching Band offers performing positions for Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Bartiione, and Sousaphone. You need to simply enroll in the course MUEN 369 and your spot will be reserved.
The Marching and Athletic Bands have a limited number of band activity scholarships that are awarded to students based on talent and instrumental needs of The Skyhawk Marching Band. Contact Dr. Oelrich at email@example.com in order to schedule your scholarship audition.
Placement Procedures for the UTM Skyhawk Marching Percussion Section:
The Skyhawk Marching Percussion Section is comprised of both vibrant Front Ensemble and Battery percussion sub sections.
Process of Selection/Placement
In May, warmups, cadences, and any other pertinent repertoire are posted in a public dropbox folder and shared with any students that wish to be a part of our section for the upcoming season. No audition is required in advance, rather, percussion placements are held at the beginning of band camp in order to insure any interested students that they can find their appropriate role in the Skyhawk Marching Percussion Section based on their personal skill set and preparation along with their overall potential and ensemble value considering the needs of the group as a whole to be the priority. Students are encouraged to prepare warmups, etc.., with a Plan A instrument and a Plan B instrument in mind. This will help insure every student a permanent position in the case that their instrument of choice is not available or perhaps exceeds the current skill set required for quality execution of the Skyhawk Marching Percussion Section's repertoire.
Dr. Julie Hill, Marching Percussion Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating, have questions, or need any information.
SMB Colorguard Clinic & Auditions
Audition Dates: Saturday, April 20, 2013, June 8 (8 a.m. - 2 p.m.), or mid - late August (August will only occur if absolutely necessary, please sign up for the April or June Audition)
Time: 12:00 - 6:00 PM (Registration begins at 11:45)
Where: UTM Campus - Elam Center or FAB Band Room
All those interested in auditioning for the SMB Color Guard need to attend one of the Clinics/Auditions. There are a limited number of scholarships available to those who are accepted as a member of the color guard for Fall 2013.
Attire for the day will be all black. Street shoes may not be worn. You must be in bare feet or some form of nude dance shoe (jazz boot, foot-undeez, etc). No jewelry is permitted. You are encouraged to wear your hair back away from your face.
Please bring the following items with you:
Required elements (include but are not limited to):
*Please note that elements will be demonstrated and taught at this camp/audition and experience is not mandatory. Auditions are open to everyone.*
There will be a short meeting after the audition process. If you cannot attend any of audition dates please contact Dr. Christa Frye at: email@example.com or 731.293.3767 to set up an appointment. Appointments will only be made for extenuating circumstances.
For further information please visit our Facebook page at: UTM Color Guard and ask to join the group or the Skyhawk Bands website at: http://www.utm.edu/departments/band/index.php