• Aviators Logo
  • Athletic Band in the Soybean Festival Parade
  • Athletic Band during a football game against SIU
  • Athletic Band during the FYI convocation

Athletic Band

University Bands

133 Fine Arts

16 Mt. Pelia Road

Martin, TN 38238

Ph:

(731) 881-7403

Em:

John Oelrich, Director of Bands

Athletic Band

  • Aviators Logo
  • Athletic Band in the Soybean Festival Parade
  • Athletic Band during a football game against SIU
  • Athletic Band during the FYI convocation

 

 

 

Welcome to our UT Martin Aviators Marching Band and Basketball Band home page!

 

Our program offers two regularly performing groups throughout the academic year: The Aviators Marching Band (August – November) and the Basketball Band (October – March). Comprised of students of various majors from across the campus, each group prides itself on high-quality, energetic shows with a variety of music and drills. Both of these groups prove to be an integral part of home sporting events and are essential to the game day spirit.

 

Beyond the athletic events, the bands regularly perform in our community through parades and other service-oriented performances. It is not uncommon to see the one of the bands out performing at an area school promoting UT Martin.

 

Click on the Information Tab to read more about each ensemble, our scholarship opportunities, and general questions regarding UT Martin Aviators Marching Band and Basketball Band. Thank you for visiting our page and hope that you will consider joining us in the future.

 

If you will be a student at UTM in the fall and would like to be a member of the Aviators Marching Band please click here and complete the UTM Aviators Marching Band Registration Form. Later in the summer you will receive more information about the upcoming fall semester and schedule, including our band camp which is the week prior to fall classes in August.

 

If you have questions about UT Martin Aviators Marching Band and Basketball Band, please contact Steve Barnett at sbarne28@utm.edu.

 

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Groups

The Aviators Marching Band performs with an energetic style of marching and playing utilizing a wide variety of musical genres and styles. The Aviators Color Guard, sideline percussion, winds and field percussion provide the visual and musical excitement for the ensemble. The group regularly performs at home football games at Hardy Graham Stadium, local parades, and select exhibitions throughout the Fall Semester. Both campus musicians, students not majoring in music, as well as music majors are welcomed as members without audition. Scholarships are available to all registered performing members.

 

If you would like to be a member of the Fall 2019 Aviators Marching Band please click click here and complete the UTM Aviators Marching Band Registration Form.

 

The Skyhawk Basketball Band is a select group auditioned around mid-October during the fall semester. The band performs through March of the spring semester. Comprised of roughly thirty members, the band plays a wide variety of exciting music as well as traditional UTM selections during home basketball games in the Elam Center. Skyhawk athletic teams belong to the OVC conference. Each spring the University sends the band to the OVC tournament and also travels with the team to any appearance earned in the NCAA tournament. Recent NCAA trips include Duke University in Chapel Hill, NC. and the United Center in Chicago, IL.

 

Calendar

We use Google Calendar. Please click on the tab to the left “UTM Bands Calendar” to view upcoming performances for both Athletic Bands and Concert Ensembles.

 

Performances

The Aviators Marching Band typically performs for all home football games, but not away games. Additionally, the band performs 2-3 local parades throughout the fall semester. On occasion, they will perform in exhibition at other regional contests or on other special music outings in the West Tennessee/Regional Area.

 

The Aviators Marching Band also hosts an annual marching competition; The West Tennessee Marching Championships. In addition to working alongside directors and professionals, the band performs in exhibition for a stadium full of high school bands and energetic fans.

 

Skyhawk Basketball Band typically only performs at home games during the academic year and at the OVC Tournament. If the team qualifies we travel to the NCAA tournament as well.

 

How to Join

If you are interested in joining the Aviators Marching Band please click here and complete the UTM Aviators Marching Band Registration Form.

 

If you are interested in the Skyhawk Basketball Band please email Mr. Steve Barnett, Director of Athletic Bands, at sbarne28@utm.edu for more information. Tryouts for Basketball Band will take place in October. More information will be posted here at a later date.

 

Scholarships

The Aviators: A modest scholarship is available for all registered performing members of the ensemble. Members should register for the class and fulfill the class requirements in order to receive their scholarship.

 

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.

 

Basketball Band: The ensemble is a scholarship based group. Auditions for the group are held in October. For more information see the How to Join section directly above

 

Colorguard & Percussion

The UTM Aviators Marching Band Color Guard performs with the band at all field and parade performances. If you are interested in being a member of the Aviators Color Guard please click here and complete the UTM Aviators Marching Band Registration Form. In lieu of tryouts this spring please have your band director or color guard instructor send a recommendation letter on your behalf outlining your experience and qualifications to Mr. Steve Barnett, Director of Athletic Bands at sbarne28@utm.edu.

 

The UTM Aviators Marching Band Percussion section will consist of standard battery instruments (snare, tenors, bass drums and cymbals) as well as sideline percussion with melodic instruments and a variety of accessories. If you are interested in being a member of the Aviators Marching Band Percussion section please click here and complete the UTM Aviators Marching Band Registration Form.

 

Those interested in playing percussion within the Aviators ensemble will play standard battery instruments. Students who register to be members of the Aviators Marching Band Percussion section should plan to attend band camp as our drumline is set on the first day of band camp.

 

Percussionists with interest in joining the Basketball Band will need to demonstrate proficiency on drumset.

 

Contact Mr. Steve Barnett, Director of Athletic Bands for more information at sbarne28@utm.edu.

 

Need an Instrument

UT Martin has a select number of instruments for rent of which are available on a first come first serve basis for our members. Those in need of an instrument should plan on checking one out during their registration at Band Camp in the Fall.

 

Band Camp

UTM Aviators Marching Band
Band Camp Dates

 

Aug. 16, 2019- Early housing move-ins for Leadership Team, Color Guard and All Percussion

 

August 17, 2019- 9:00 a.m.- Report time for all Leadership Team, Color Guard and All Percussion

 

August 17-18-Rehearsals for Color Guard, All Percussion.

Leadership team work preparing for full band camp.

 

August 17 or 18, 2019- Early housing move-ins for winds (woodwinds and brass)

 

August 18, 2019- 2:00 p.m.- First Full Band meeting and orientation

 

August 18-22- Full Band Camp

 

August 22, 2019- 4:30 p.m.- full band performance for Welcome Weekend- Elam Center

 

Band Camp Move Ins

Students with on campus housing are able to move into their housing during band camp at no additional cost.

 

More information about moving in housing early for band camp will be posted here at a later date when that information is made available.

 

Classes/Courses

Athletic Bands and our Concert Ensembles run concurrently through the fall and spring semesters. Below outlines our course offerings for those interested in the Aviators Marching Band and/or the Basketball Band.

 

MUS 351 Athletic Band: The Aviators Marching Band. This class is open to all musicians with prior experience performing music. No audition required, but registration is mandatory.

 

Basketball Band: there is no course registration for this ensemble. However, students should prepare for an audition in mid-October to join this ensemble. See information above under the How to Join heading.

 

Athletic Band Handbook

 

The Athletic Band Handbook will be revised and posted here at a later date.

 

 

Calendar of Events

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Events

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Community Band

Become part of UTM's community band.

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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.

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UTM West Tennessee Marching Championship

October 26, 2019

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