Marching Band Auditions


2016 Marching Band Auditions

All members of the Cornhusker Marching Band must be enrolled as full-time students at UNL and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or greater.


Brass and Woodwind Auditions

A Cornhusker Marching Band trumpet player.

Candidates for the brass and woodwind sections of the Cornhusker Marching Band must complete a two-part audition process. Playing auditions (first round) are held in the spring and consist of a prepared solo and major scales. Audio recording submissions will be accepted if circumstances prevent individuals from being on campus to audition. The deadline for submitting a recorded brass or woodwind audition is June 1, 2016. Candidates must prepare a solo or etude of approximately two to four minutes in length. The choice of music is up to the candidate and should be something that the individual is comfortable playing. Up tempo, technical pieces are better than slow, lyrical pieces. Students auditioning for piccolo positions may play the first round audition on flute. Students auditioning for marching horn (mellophone), baritone and tuba positions may use their concert instruments for the first round audition.

A Cornhusker Marching Band piccolo player.

2016 Brass and Woodwind Audition Dates:

Saturday, May 14

Saturday, May 28

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Percussion Auditions

Cornhusker Marching Band snare drum line.

All candidates (new and veteran) must attend at least one of the scheduled audition days on campus. Attendance at both days is preferred and recommended. Video submissions will be accepted if circumstances prevent individuals from being on campus to audition. The deadline for submitting video auditions for the percussion section will be posted by the end of December.

The audition process consists of two parts: an individual evaluation and an ensemble evaluation. Candidates are asked to play their specific instrument etude and rhythmic etude with a metronome for the individual audition. Candidates may also be asked to sight read and play any of the posted exercises as well. In the ensemble audition, candidates will be seen in various combinations on their instrument(s) of choice playing through the posted exercises. Candidates should expect to perform both standing fast and while marking time.

The final 2016 percussion section roster will be posted at the conclusion of the final spring audition day. Results will also be posted emailed to all candidates. In addition to the final roster, two alternates may be chosen for each section and placed in a First-Call and Second-Call order. In the event that any members on the final roster are unable to fulfill their obligation prior to the start of band camp in August, alternates will be contacted for replacement.

Cornhusker Marching Band front ensemble.

This is a competitive group and a big commitment. It is highly recommended that you audition on more than one instrument to increase your chances for success. All candidates, except section and rank leaders, are required to complete the audition process. All spots are open and no spots are guaranteed.

2016 Percussion Audition Dates:

Saturday, May 14 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Saturday, May 21 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

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The 2016 marching band percussion audition materials are not currently available. Check this page for updates.


Color Guard Auditions

Cornhusker Marching Band color guard.
2016 First Round Color Guard Audition Dates:

Saturday, April 23 (9:30 AM - 4:00 PM)

Saturday, May 7 (9:30 AM - 4:00 PM)

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Color guard candidates must complete a first round audition in the spring and a second round audition approximately 10 days before the fall semester begins. Color guard candidates are not required to choreograph routines. A recording of the audition routine, involving both flag work and dance, will be sent via email to candidates approximately one week prior to auditions. Candidates will be expected to learn the routine from the video on their own time prior to the audition date. There will be time built into the audition day schedule for specific questions regarding the routine. Candidates will also be expected to demonstrate basic flag fundamentals, marching and jazz run on the day of auditions. Please wear black, relatively form-fitting clothing so that body moves and position can be adequately evaluated.

Video auditions are acceptable if an on-campus audition is impossible. Performance videos are not accepted for color guard auditions. A choreographed routine, involving both flag work and dance, will be sent via email to the candidate. The candidate will have approximately one week to prepare, record and send the video audition to the band staff. Please frame the video camer so that both the hands and feet are visible at all times. Wear black, relatively form-fitting clothing so that body moves and position can be adequately evaluated.


Twirler Auditions

Cornhusker Marching Band twirler.
2016 Twirler Audition Date:

Sunday, February 21 (9:30 AM - 12:30 PM)

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Twirler candidates are expected to complete a single audition that takes place in the spring. We are looking for a twirler that is a versatile and exciting performer with more than one apparatus. We expect candidates to perform a routine utilizing more than one piece of equipment choreographed to your choice of music. Please vary the equipment among multiple baton, knives, hoops, etc. Fire batons are not allowed on the University campus. We will provide a sound system that can play CDs and/or music from MP3 devices.

Video auditions are acceptable if an on-campus audition is impossible. Performance videos are acceptable for twirler auditions if it is a solo performance by the candidate. Please frame the video camera so that both the hands and feet are visible at all times and please include the use of more than one apparatus.

The audition held in Lincoln will include:

  • A two to four minute routine utilizing more than one piece of equipment choreographed to the candidate's choice of music.
  • An impromptu routine that the candidate must choreograph on the spot to the music chosen by the judges.
  • A short interview with the panel of judges.