Click an FAQ below.
Yes. All ensembles have independent rehearsal times. The Aviators Marching Band rehearses for three hours per week, the Concert Band for three hours per week, and the Wind Ensemble for four hours per week.
No. According to our students the marching band at UTM is relaxed, fun, and a lot less pressure than high school marching band. The UTM Band rehearses efficiently so that it does not take a long time to learn a show. We march far fewer sets than competitive high school bands and always play plenty of high-energy music that everyone enjoys. In addition, we only rehearse two days per week.
Productive and fun! Dr. Oelrich, Dr. Barnett and Dr. Gorman balance hard work and fun. They encourage the band to perform at the highest level possible. You will find band members to be relaxed, friendly, supportive, and sharing your love for music.
No. Students in the UTM Bands come from all majors on campus. In fact, this is one of the great things about being in band: making music with a wide variety of people with a common interest.
Auditions are only required for membership in the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, and Basketball Band and all UTM students are welcome and encouraged to audition. No audition is required for the Aviators Marching Band or Concert Band.
According to students, band does not take a lot of time. Actually, the UTM Marching Band has one of the lightest time commitments of any college band. We do not attend away games and some of our home games are on Thursday nights. This schedule gives you many free weekends. The Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Band and Jazz Combo have regular rehearsals each week. The only out-of-class commitments are in the form of performances or touring.
All students receive a scholarship for successful participation in the Aviators Marching Band. Other scholarships are available for campus musicians based in ensemble needs and student ability.
UT Martin owns a number of instruments that may be checked out. Most low brass and percussion are provided. There are also a limited number of high brass and woodwind instruments if needed that may be rented by the year. The fee is $25/calendar year.
Lockers are available in the music building on a rental basis, $25/year.
The UTM Aviators Marching Band performs exhibitions at local and regional high schools. The Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble present tour performances at regional high schools and communities. In addition, the Wind Ensemble has also presented performances at conferences.
Learn about the UTM Band events.
Become part of UTM's community band.
UTM Aviators Marching Band Housing Scholarship Application
Those students that applied for the Aviators Marching Band Scholarship will be notified by the end of May if they were or were not awarded the housing discount.
UTM West Tennessee Marching Championship
October 26, 2019