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USU Bands Frequently Asked Question

What bands are there at USU?

Are there auditions for the bands?

Wind Orchestra

Our flagshipe concert band. Auditions held during first week of classes each semester. See the Band Bulletin Board (Room 113, Chase Fine Arts Center) the first week of each semester for audition materials.

Marching Band

Contact Dr. Lane Weaver to be added to the summer contact list. We will begin sending updates and information near the end of the spring semester. Once you have contacted Dr. Weaver you can enroll in MUSC 3785.

Further information can be found on the Aggie Marching Band page. All AMB members should plan on attending AMB Camp the week before classes begin in the fall.

Pep Band

Auditions occur at the beginning of October. The Aggie Pep Band is open to all with preference given to Aggie Marching Band members. Audition announcements will be posted on the Band Bulletin Board and shared in Aggie Marching Band rehearsals. Contact Dr. Lane Weaver for more information.

Symphonic Band

The only audition for this ensemble is for chair placement. Simply register for the class, and attend the first rehearsal with instrument in-hand.

Jazz Bands

Auditions for the Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble take place during the first week of classes. Auditions are sight-reading only. See the Jazz bulletin board in the Music Department for details.

I'm concerned about the time commitment.

College band is not as demanding, time-wise, as many high school marching bands. Although 1 1/2 hours per day is encumbered by the schedule, the band actually rehearses only 2-3 times per week, depending on the home football schedule that week. Rehearsals occur in the afternoons when fewer classes are offered, so conflicts are minimized. The only out-of-school requirements are the performances, which number 6-7 Saturdays of the fifteen-week semester. . . . The enjoyment received from the experience is more than worth the time. There is flexibility to individual students' schedules.

Will marching band hurt my academic record?

No. The efficiency with which the marching band runs minimizes out-of-rehearsal time, and the orientation students receive during Fundamentals Week focuses their attention on budgeting of time for best performance of academic and personal commitments. With the marching band represented by over 40 different majors, it is common to find upperclassmen of the same major who can further assist in orientation and comfort level in the new environment.