Marching Band Recorded Audition

Marching Band Recorded Auditions

Submission information and dates vary from section to section. Please read this information carefully.

Brass and Woodwinds

Brass and woodwind candidates that live a great distance from Lincoln or whose schedule conflicts with the established audition dates for the Cornhusker Marching Band and/or Big Red Express may submit a recorded (audio) audition. Recorded auditions must include a solo or etude of two to four minutes in length and a major scale played to at least two octaves. The choice of music is up to the students, however, we do prefer up tempo pieces for this audition. Students submitting a recorded audition do not need to include sight reading. Submit the recording by June 1, 2015. 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 by June 1, 2015
  • 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 audition request 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 June 1, 2015.
  • Remember that all applicants must also submit an audition request 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.

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Instructions for Percussion Video Recordings

Percussion candidates that live a great distance from Lincoln or whose schedule conflicts with the established audition dates for the Cornhusker Marching Band may submit a recorded (video) audition. Submit the video recording by May 16, 2015.

  • Video must be clear, well lit, and at an appropriate angle to show the player, drum surface, and body.
  • Player must perform instrument etude and rhythmic etude at given tempos with a metronome.
  • See the instructions below for submitting a video recording.

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Instructions for Submitting Video 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. Example: percussion_Sample_John or twirler_Doe_Jane
  • 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 the stated deadline.
  • 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 the file 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.
  • Note that the Drop Box does have size limitations. You may mail a disc to University Bands, 101.1 Westbrook Music Building, Lincoln, NE 68588-0102, if necessary. Remember to mark the disc with your name and instrument (or section.)
  • Remember that all candidates must also submit the audition request form. There is no need to submit this form a second 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 Color Guard Video Recordings

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.

In addition to the routine, please include the following elements in your audition video:

  • 16 counts of drop spins with both right and left hand.
  • 16 counts of double time with both right and left hand.
  • One parallel toss, one double time toss, and one toss of choice.
  • 32 counts of 8 to 5 marching
  • 16 counts of jazz run.

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Instructions for Twirler Video Recordings

Video taped auditions are acceptable if an on-campus audition is impossible. Performance tapes are acceptable for twirler auditions only if it is a solo performance by the candidate. Twirler audition recordings must be submitted by February 4, 2014.
  • Please frame the video camera so that both the hands and feet are visible at all times.
  • Include the use of more than one apparatus.
  • See the instructions on this page for submitting a video recording.

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