University Bands

133 Fine Arts

16 Mt. Pelia Road

Martin, TN 38238


(731) 881-7403


John Oelrich, Director of Bands



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Audition Procedures

  1. All new members to the University Bands are required to perform a placement audition. The sole purpose of this audition is to get to know you for part assignments. No experienced instrumental musicians will be turned away.
  2. Fill out the Ensemble Information Form to request a hearing.
  3. Click on your instrument's name in the list below. Download and print the audition materials and prepare them to the best of your ability.
  4. You will be contacted by UTM Bands Faculty to schedule your audition.



  1. This audition also serves as an audition for Music Service Awards. In order to be considered for one of these awards, you must complete your audition by July 1. Awards amounts vary based on instrument, ability and need.
  2. You will be notified of the amount and terms of your award by mail. You must sign and return one copy of the letter to the Department of Music office in order for your award to be active.


Audition Materials

Woodwinds & Brass

The Marching and Athletic Bands are open to any student with prior participation in a high school marching band. The Athletic 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 Athletic Band. Contact Professor Waterman 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.



Professor Waterman at if you have questions or need any information.



SMB Colorguard Clinic & Auditions


Audition Dates: TBD for 2015

Time: TBD for 2015

Where: TBD for 2015


All those interested in auditioning for the SMB Color Guard should attend the audition clinics. A limited number of scholarships are available to those offered a membership in the SMB Color Guard.


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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Audition Instructions - Fall 2018

All UT-Martin students interested in performing in either the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band should plan to audition at the dates listed below. This audition is required for entrance into the Wind Ensemble. The Concert Band is open to all students, with the audition used for placement purposes only, but is not mandatory for entrance into the ensemble. Read the instructions outside of the Recital Hall before auditioning.


All instrumental Music Majors and Minors are required to play this audition.


Excerpts will be available on the University Bands website: In order to be unbiased, auditions will be blind – you will play your excerpts behind a screen and not see the panel. All wind auditions will be held in Band Rehearsal Hall in the Fine Arts Building. Adhere to the marked tempos to the best of your ability.


If You Are Not a Music Major

We welcome students who are not music majors to audition for any of our concert ensembles!


Access to Excerpts

For purposes of copyright, these excerpts are password protected. If you have not received an email with login information, please contact Dr. John Oelrich (


Repertoire and Suggestions

Three works from this semester’s repertoire are represented in the excerpts: Ticheli Blue Shades, Persichetti Divertimento, Williams Harry’s Wondrous World, Tull Sketches on a Tudor Psalm, and Hazo Ride. Be sure to do the following:

  • Prepare the bracketed sections to the tempos marked to the best of your abilities, but don’t sacrifice speed for accuracy and musicality
  • Be sure to carefully and accurately count through all of the excerpt’s interior rests
  • Listen to reference recordings for style and common interpretations.
  • Let musicality and style be your overarching goals. Say something!

Reference Recordings

Reference recordings for the works from which the audition excerpts are extracted are listed in the NAXOS Music Library Database, which is accessible through the Paul Meek Library website. Please consult these recordings for style and performance practice questions.


Audition Schedule

Saturday, August 25

9:00-10:00 – Tuba/Euphonium
10:00-12:00 –Trombone
1:00-2:00 – Trumpet
2:00-4:00 – Double Reed/Sax
6:00-8:30 – Percussion


Sunday, August 26

1:00-2:00 – Horn
2:00-3:30 – Clarinet
3:30-5:00 – Flute

Audition Materials

Calendar of Events

Oct. 20

West Tennessee Marching Championships
All Day

Oct. 27

Football Game (SEMO)
All Day

Nov. 10

Football Game (TTU)
All Day

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University Bands

133 Fine Arts

16 Mt. Pelia Road

Martin, TN 38238


(731) 881-7403


John Oelrich, Director of Bands