The online registration form for the Fall 2020 Aviators Marching Band membership is now available. Please click on the button above to access the form.
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 email@example.com.
University of Tennessee at Martin
Director of Aviators Marching Band and Basketball Band
Department of Music
127 Fine Arts Bld.Martin, TN 38238
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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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Tryouts for Basketball Band will take place in October. More information will be posted here at a later date.
The Aviators: A service award 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.
We are also pleased to offer a limited number of the Aviators Marching Band Housing Scholarships to qualifying members of the Aviators Marching Band for Fall 2020. The scholarship reduces the cost of on-campus housing by $500 each semester, for a total reduction of $1000 per school year.
If you are interested in applying for the Aviators Marching Band Housing Scholarship please complete the online application by clicking on the link below.
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
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Late yesterday I was notified about the OVC Conference’s decision to not allow any personnel other than football personnel including referees on the playing field before and during the football game. This means that all conference bands will not perform pregame or halftime shows on the field. From what I understand, the field is being treated like a bubble with only personnel that have been tested negative for COVID-19 no more than 72 hours prior to each game will be allowed on the field for that week’s game. Bands are not included in this weekly testing. The OVC is still discussing possible schedule changes including only conference games and a later start date. This should be finalized soon.
With that being said, we WILL still perform our show music, guard routines, sideline percussion parts for pregame and halftime, just not combined with drill on the field. I am working to try to get bleachers or seats brought in to the north end zone just for the band. We would have plenty of room to play with choreography, as well as perform our stands music. We can even add more guard choreography and sideline percussion to our cheers and stands music! Should be a lot of fun!
Since we will not be learning drill to pregame and halftime shows, we have decided to CANCEL BAND CAMP for this year. Band camp presents many more safety issues for all of us following recommended protocols for preventing the spread of COVID-19. It will just be much safer for all concerned to not have band camp. In regular rehearsal we will have plenty of time to work on music and choreography since drill will not be necessary.
We will meet marching band for the first time as a full band on the first regular class day and time, Tuesday, August 18 from 4:00-5:30 on the band practice field. At that time we will give out music, flip folders, school owned instruments, color guard equipment, etc.....
From that day on, we will meet marching band class on Tuesday and Friday from 4:00-5:30. All instruments and equipment that cannot be taken with you between rehearsals will be stored in storage units near the practice field. We will also have a huge tent available near the practice field for our use for the season. The marching band service award scholarship will still be awarded to everyone enrolled in marching band class after the first week of classes, as we normally do.
Since you will not be coming to campus a week early for band camp may want to change your housing move-in plans. If you do please contact the Office of Housing directly. I will notify the Housing Office on Monday morning as well as food service that we will not be having band camp this year. For those of you receiving the Aviators Marching Band Housing Scholarship, your scholarship will not be affected.
I am very sorry that I was not able to give you this information earlier. I was literally just notified late yesterday. I will send you much more information between now and the first rehearsal on August 18 at 4:00 on the band practice field just west of the football stadium.
I know we are all disappointed, but the safety of each of you and the band staff is of utmost importance. I am confident that we can make this season a very positive and fun one for all. I hope you will join me in making this happen. Your safety and well-being will always be my primary concern. If you decide that you are not going to join us this fall, please let me know so will be able to plan and be prepared for the first rehearsal.
Director of Athletic Bands
Since the UTM Aviators Marching Band Camp has been cancelled for Fall 2020 there will be no need in special move-in instructions for band member for band camp. Please contact the Office of Housing if you need assistance with Housing for the fall semester.
The first full band rehearsal for the Aviators Marching Band will be on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 4:00 p.m. on the band practice field, which is the first regular class day for the marching band class for the fall semester.
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.
The Athletic Band Handbook will be revised and posted here at a later date.
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UTM Aviators Marching Band Housing Scholarship Application
We are pleased to offer a limited number of the Aviators Marching Band Housing Scholarships to qualifying members of the Aviators Marching Band for Fall 2020. The scholarship reduces the cost of on-campus housing by $500 each semester, for a total reduction of $1000 per school year.
If you are interested in applying for the Aviators Marching Band Housing Scholarship please complete the application by clicking on the "Learn More" link below. Thank you for your application and for your participation in the Aviators Marching Band.