Big Red Express Auditions

2020 Fall Semester Update

With the cancellation of Fall sports throughout the Big Ten, Big Red Express is also cancelled for the Fall 2020 semester. We are hopeful that Big Red Express will again be active for the Spring 2021 semester. In the meantime, we are offering a section of MUDC348D / MUEN348D / MUEN48D (zero credit) Campus Band this Fall semester (2020). For more information see MyRed or email Professor Bush.


You Tube Video - Imagine Yourself in the Big Red Express


The Big Red Express at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

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. Active members (not subs) in good standing are considered for a small 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.

Please add band@unl.edu to your email contact list if you plan to submit an audition request form. Check your spam folder if you have not received a response within two to three days after submitting an audition request.

If you still have questions after reading this information thoroughly, please email the Band Office or call 402/472-2505.

Brass and Woodwind Audition Requirements

A brass and woodwind video audition submission must contain the following elements.

  • Short introduction of yourself.
  • Two octave major scale as follows:
    1. Trumpet: C scale (B-flat concert) to player's range
      Horn / Mellophone: F or G scale (B-flat or C-concert) to player's range
      Trombone / Baritone: F scale (G for treble clef Baritone)
      Tuba: F scale
      Tenor Saxophone: C scale (B-flat concert)
      Alto Saxophone: C scale (E-flat concert)
      Piccolo / Flute: F scale
        Clarinet: C scale (B-flat concert)
  • Play Dear Old Nebraska U (There Is No Place Like Nebraska) preferably from memory. See this page to download the music.

Fight Song Dear Old Nebraska U

Piccolo

Clarinet

Alto Saxophone

Tenor Saxophone

Trumpet I

Trumpet II

Trumpet III

Horn

Trombone I

Trombone II

Trombone III

Baritone (treble clef)

Baritone (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.


Brass and Woodwind Audition Procedure

  • All elements must be done in one continuous, un-edited take.
  • Your face, fingers, valves, keys, or slides must be visible at all times.
  • Save the file using your instrument and name, for example: Trumpet John Doe.

Rhythm and Drum Kit Audition Requirements

The information below is for guitar, bass guitar and keyboard players.

  • Short introduction of yourself.
  • Two to three minute video representing your level of proficiency on your instrument.
    1. Drummers should exhibit a variety of styles (rock, swing and Latin).
      Guitar, bass guitar and keyboard videos should include an actual song. Please provide the title in your video.

Rhythm and Drum Kit Audition Procedure

The information below is for guitar, bass guitar and keyboard players.

  • All elements must be done in one continuous, un-edited take.
  • Include as much of your face, fingers, frets, or drum heads as is possible at all times.
  • Save the file using your instrument and name, for example: Guitar John Doe.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The prepared solo requirement has been eliminated for 2020 to reduce video file size.
  • The recording of Dear Old Nebraska U (There is No Place Like Nebraska) is for preparation only. Do not record yourself playing along with that recording.

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