Big Red Express Auditions

The Big Red Express is a group of 120 musicians that perform at the Men’s and Women’s Basketball games and the Women’s Volleyball matches. The band also performs for selected special University events. Members of the Big Red Express band must meet and maintain full-time enrollment status at UNL and maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Members in good standing receive a scholarship for each semester of participation.

Students who are candidates for the Cornhusker Marching Band have the option of counting their first round marching band audition as their Big Red Express audition.

Audition Requirements

Candidates must perform There Is No Place Like Nebraska from memory. Download the music by clicking on the appropriate instrument name below. Brass and woodwind players must also play two major scales displaying range and technique. Rhythm and keyboard players must play a solo of their own choosing.

Percussion (drum kit only), guitar and keyboard players should prepare a two to four minute solo (your choice of music).

Audition Music

Piccolo
Clarinet
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Trumpet I
Trumpet II
Trumpet III
Horn
Trombone I
Trombone II
Trombone III
Baritone (treble clef)
Euphonium (bass clef)
Tuba

You may play the recording of the fight song to help you prepare for the audition. Please note that this recording is the property of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and may not be used for any other purpose without the express written permission of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

 

 

Audition Dates for the 2014 Fall Semester

Saturday, April 26

Saturday, May 17

Saturday, May 24

 

Recorded Auditions

Students that live a great distance from Lincoln or whose schedule conflicts with the established audition dates may submit a recorded audition. Recorded auditions must include a solo or etude of two to four minutes in length and a major scale played to the range of the instrument. Students submitting a recorded audition do not need to include sight reading. Submit the recording prior to July 1, 2013. We prefer mp3 recordings but we will accept CD recordings sent through the U.S. Mail.

 

Instructions for MP3 Recordings

  • We prefer mp3 recordings.
  • Double check the recording before sending it to us. Make sure that the file opens and plays.
  • Remember that we must be able to differentiate your recording from all other applicants' recordings. Name the file with your instrument, underscore, your last name, underscore, followed by your first name, period, mp3. Example: trumpet_Sample_John.mp3
  • Go to the University's drop box site at http://is.unl.edu/dropbox/ and follow the instructions to send us the recording prior to July 1, 2013.
  • Remember to copy the drop box message then open your e-mail account. Enter band@unl.edu in the "send to" field; type "Big Red Audition" in the subject line and paste the drop box message into the body of your e-mail. Pasting the drop box message into the body of your e-mail message is very important. We won't be able to download your recording if you fail to include that message in your e-mail. All of this is quite easy to do and should take a few seconds to accomplish. Be sure to include your full name, instrument, and high school (with city and state) in the body of the e-mail so that we can follow up with you.
  • Remember that all applicants must also submit an on-line registration form. There is no need to submit this form a 2nd time if you have already completed it once this spring.
  • The Band Office will acknowledge receipt of your recording via e-mail. However, please give us at least a day to process everything.

 

Instructions for CD Recordings

  • Double check the CD after making the recording to be sure that it plays in a boom box or stereo.
  • Legibly write your full name and instrument on the CD with a Sharpie pen.
  • Mail the CD to University of Nebraska-Lincoln Band Office, 101.1 Westbrook Music Building, PO Box 880102, Lincoln, NE 68588-0102 prior to July 1, 2013.
  • Remember that all applicants must also submit an on-line registration form. There is no need to submit this form a 2nd time if you have already completed it once this spring.
  • The Band Office will acknowledge receipt of your recording via e-mail.