• 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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Steve Barnett

University of Tennessee at Martin

 

Director of Aviators Marching Band and Basketball Band

Department of Music

127 Fine Arts Bld.Martin, TN 38238

731-881-1852

731-881-7415 (fax)

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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

Dear 2019 UTM Aviators Marching Band Member,

 

I hope you are having a great summer so far! We are busy getting everything ready for an exciting band camp and fall season with the UTM Aviators Marching Band. Things are really shaping up for a great season. You are receiving this email because you completed an Aviators Marching Band Registration Form and are on the band membership database.

 

**If you know of someone that will be a student at UTM this fall that might be interested in joining the Aviators Marching Band, it is definitely not too late! Please have them go to the Aviators web site home page and click on the "Join the Aviators Marching Band" button and complete the band registration form. You may also give them my contact information and have them contact me directly.

 

Please read this information carefully and completely. Some of the information is the same as the information in the June mailout, however there will also be some important updates, as well as a detailed schedule for band camp.

 

Here is some important information that you and your parents need to know in preparation to Band Camp in August and the upcoming Fall semester.

**Early On-Campus Housing Move In prior to Band Camp:

If you are staying in on-campus housing for the Fall 2019 semester and need to move into your dorm early for band camp please click on the following link and complete the Early Housing Move-In Form for the UTM Housing Office.

UTM Housing Early Arrival Request Form.

 

If you have questions about early move-ins you may contact the UTM Housing Office at 731-881-7730.

UTM Aviators Marching Band Band Camp Information and Schedule

Band Camp- Required of all members (August 17-22, 2019) (If you have a conflict with any part of band camp please notify Mr. Barnett immediately. It is very important that everyone be there to learn the shows and music since the first performance is the next week after camp is over.)

 

Friday, August 16, 2019 - Leadership Team, Color Guard and Percussion- early dorm move-in by prior arrangement with housing for Leadership Team, Color Guard and Percussion only.

 

Saturday, August 17

Breakfast - 7:30-8:30 a.m. - University Center Cafeteria (meal paid for by the band)

9:00 a.m. - Band Room, Fine Arts Building- Informational Meeting and Check-In- All Leadership Team, Color Guard and Percussion Only
Following the meeting each group will rehearse the rest of the day and evening with schedule at the discretion of their leaders

Lunch - 12:00-1:00 p.m. - University Center Cafeteria (paid for by the band)

Dinner - 5:00-6:00 p.m. - University Center Cafeteria (paid for by the band)

**Meals furnished on Saturday are only for the Leadership Team, Color Guard and Percussion.

 

August 17 (afternoon) and August 18 (morning) Hornline members- early dorm move-in by prior arrangement with housing for rest of band checking in

 

**Sunday, August 18

**Breakfast and Lunch will be on your own

1:30 p.m. - Full Band Meeting and Orientation- Band Room, Fine Arts Bld. This includes all students and staff.

Approx. 3:00-5:00 p.m. - first playing rehearsal hornline and percussion -Band Room (color guard rehearses separate)

5:00-6:00 p.m. - Dinner Full Band - University Center Cafeteria (paid for by band)

6:30 until dark - First Full Band outside rehearsal on practice field

 

Monday through Wednesday, August 19-21

7:30-8:30 a.m.- Breakfast- University Center Cafeteria (paid for by band)

9:00- 11:45 a.m.- Full Band rehearsal on practice field

12:00-1:00 p.m.- Lunch- University Center Cafeteria (paid for by band)

1:30-2:45 p.m.- Sectionals in Fine Arts Bld. Locations to be announced (percussion and color guard will rehearse separately.)

3:00-4:45 p.m.- Full Band playing rehearsal in the Band Room (percussion will be in the band room with the hornline, color guard will continue to rehearse separately)

5:00-6:00 p.m.- Dinner- University Center Cafeteria (paid for by band)

6:30 until dark- Full Band rehearsal on Practice Field

 

Thursday, August 22

7:30-8:30 a.m. - Breakfast- University Center Cafeteria (paid for by band)

9:00- 11:45 a.m. - Full Band rehearsal on practice field

12:00-1:00 p.m. - Lunch- University Center Cafeteria (paid for by band)

1:30- 3:30 p.m. - Full Band rehearsal on practice field (run through pregame, halftime, etc. ..shows for performance)

4:00 - Move to outside Elam Center

4:30 - Performance- for new students coming to Elam Center for Convocation

 

Following that performance, the full band will move to the football stadium for a picnic supper provided by the university. After the convocation, the students and families will move to the stadium. We will perform some selections from our halftime and/or pregame shows for all of the students and parents in attendance. The time for that performance will be approximately 6:00 to 6:30. Following that performance, the Aviators Marching Band will take the lead on forming the outline of a "UTM" on the field, then the students will fill in as well as the football team. We will have pictures made of the huge UTM with over 1400 people. Hopefully this will be the beginning of a new tradition that we can be a part of each year.

 

**Your parents, relatives and friends are welcome to both of these performances, however food will not be provided unless you are a new student and are involved with all of the activities of Welcome Weekend.

 

Food for Band Camp Week - We will provide meals on campus for band members during band camp week. Please see the detailed band camp schedule above.

Other Information That You Should Know:

Tentative Fall Performance Schedule:

Thursday, August 22- end of campus performances for Welcome Weekend
**Thursday, August 29- First Home Football Game vs. Northwestern State, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 3- Soybean Festival Parade, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 28- Home vs. Murray State, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 19- Home vs. Eastern Illinois, 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 26- Exhibition performance at the West TN Marching Band Championship hosted by the Aviators Marching Band and UT Martin Department of Music. Aviators Marching Band Members will be the hosts for the event.
Saturday, November 2- Homecoming vs. Jacksonville State, 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 16- Last Home Game vs. Tennessee State, 2:00 p.m.
**This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change. An update will follow in the July mailout/email.

Uniforms for the Fall Season:

Warm weather- New Band T-shirt (we will provide for you), medium color and length khaki shorts, tennis shoes, short or no-show socks, New Band Cap (we will provide for you).

Cool and cold weather- New lined embroidered pullover top (provided by Athletics through a donor), long medium color khaki pants, black socks, black band shoes, same band cap that we provide.

**Uniforms for color guard are yet to be determined. Will have more details by the July mailout/email.

Uniform items that you provide: khaki shorts, khaki long pants, short of no-show socks, tennis shoes, black socks, black band shoes, complimentary belt for both short and long pants.

 

**IMPORTANT- ALL COLOR GUARD MEMBERS - You will be contacted by Grace Kennedy and Gage Shelton, Aviators Color Guard Captains, very soon with important Color Guard Uniform information. They will ask for your shoe size on an online form. Please read and respond to their email appropriately so we can get everything ordered so we will have it ready for our first performance.

 

**Note to ALL BAND MEMBERS! (Including Color Guard, Percussion and Drum Majors) We need to know what size T-shirt/Pullover you want us to get you. Men's/Unisex sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XLarge, 2XLarge, 3XLarge.

 

Please click the following link to register your shirt size so we can get them ordered.;

 

2019 Aviators Marching Band Shirt Size Registration Form

Show Music:

We are looking at exciting, hard-driving classic rock music for our halftime shows during the season. The music that we will start with for our first halftime show is Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas, Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple, and I Can't Get No Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones. We will add more to this show before the second game vs. Murray State. We will be changing up and adding to parts of this show as the season progresses. The pregame show will involve UTM songs and cheers and will be coordinated with the Cheerleaders. I am excited about our shows with familiar music that should be well-received by both the students and the audience.

Aviators Apparel Available for purchase by members, family members, supporters, etc

(this is completely optional to band members and family and friends and is not part of the "uniform")
I am very excited about making official "Aviator Wear" available to members, family members and supporters of the Aviators to wear to show their support. This is provided by Fear Nothing Music Gear and is ordered and purchased directly through them. Please see the attached flyer with the apparel offered and the order form. PLEASE NOTE: They also have black band shoes available for sale if you need to purchase a pair. If you would like to order any of the Aviator Wear please complete the order form and send directly to Fear Nothing Music Gear at the address on the order form.

Leadership Team:

Drum Majors- Emily Campbell, Claire Foret
Color Guard- Grace Kennedy, Gage Shelton
Percussion- Drew Hendren, Rob Skoglund
Lockers/Instrument Check Out- Joe Ahne
Student Assistant- Anna Wildes
The remaining members of the Leadership Team will serve as leaders in a variety of ways including teaching drill, teaching music, field markers, equipment, activities, etc.
They are: (in no particular order) Krista Mergen, Peyton Rook, Rickey Huggins, Tucker Pounds, Mason Taylor, Hanna Deyoung, Matt Wilson, Brianna Hampton, Casey Stanfill, J. T. Watford, Annais Haney, Jordan Hubbard, Ashley Diehl, Lynsie McMullen.

 

**I am really excited about getting started with Band Camp in August. If for some reason you have decided not to participate in the Aviators Marching Band this fall please let me know as soon as possible. I will start writing drill and assigning parts and everyone will have a spot assigned in the shows.

 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions between now and band camp.

 

Take care and have a great summer!

 

Mr. Barnett

 

Band Camp Move Ins

**Early On-Campus Housing Move In prior to Band Camp:

If you are staying in on-campus housing for the Fall 2019 semester and need to move into your dorm early for band camp please click on the following link and complete the Early Housing Move-In Form for the UTM Housing Office.

 

UTM Housing Early Arrival Request Form.

 

If you have questions about early move-ins you may contact the UTM Housing Office at 731-881-7730.

 

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.

 

 

Events

Learn about the UTM Band 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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