Marching & Athletic Bands Auditions

University Bands

133 Fine Arts

16 Mt. Pelia Road

Martin, TN 38238


(731) 881-7403


John Oelrich, Director of Bands

Marching & Athletic Bands Auditions

Woodwinds & Brass


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 Mr. Stratton at 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 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:

  • A current head shot (photo) of yourself attached to the SMB Colorguard Information Sheet
  • Water and Snacks (if desired)


Required elements (include but are not limited to):

  • Dance: Across the floors & Basic Techniques
  • Dance Routine
  • Flag basics: Drop Spins & Pole Hits, Carves, Flourishes, Thumb Spins, Double
  • Time, Pop Tosses, Silk Tosses, Flat Tosses, and Angle Tosses
  • Flag routine
  • Rifle auditions will be held at the beginning of Band Camp in August.

*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: 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:

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