Marching Band Auditions

2022 First Round Auditions

First-round Cornhusker Marching Band brass, woodwind and twirler auditions will be 100% video submissions only. The percussion and color guard will audition in-person with a video option.

All members of the Cornhusker Marching Band must be enrolled as full-time University of Nebraska–Lincoln students and must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or greater. Please add band@unl.edu to your email contact list if you plan to submit an audition request form. This page contains a lot of information, so please scroll down to see audition requirements for each section of the band.

Check your spam folder if you have not received a response within two to three days after submitting an audition request. Contact us at band@unl.edu if you have questions.


Video - Imagine Yourself in the Cornhusker Marching Band



Brass and Woodwind Auditions

Cornhusker Marching Band trumpet players in Memorial Stadium.
Cornhusker Marching Band saxophone player.

Brass and Woodwind Audition Requirements

Brass and Woodwind audition videos are due by June 15, 2022, but may be submitted at any time before that deadline.

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
  2. Horn / Mellophone: F or G scale (B-flat or C-concert) to player's range
  3. Trombone / Baritone: F scale (G for treble clef Baritone)
  4. Tuba: F scale
  5. Tenor Saxophone: C scale (B-flat concert)
  6. Alto Saxophone: C scale (E-flat concert)
  7. Piccolo / Flute: F scale
  8. 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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The prepared solo requirement has been eliminated for 2022 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.
  • Students auditioning for piccolo and mellophone may play the audition on flute or French horn

Fight Song There Is No Place Like Nebraska

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 and may not be used for any other purpose without the express written permission of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


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Instructions for submitting video auditions will be sent to each candidate via email. Send an email to band@unl.edu if you have questions or trouble uploading your video.

Percussion Auditions

Cornhusker Marching Band battery during pre-game.
Cornhusker Marching Band front ensemble.

2022 Percussion Audition Dates

In-person audition sessions will take place at Westbrook Music Building on the dates listed below. Note that we will follow safety protocols and social-distancing guidelines. Other safety measures may also be taken and will be posted here or communicated via e-mail to all candidates. Currently, it is required that all candidates, faculty and staff wear masks while indoors. Candidates may choose to submit a video audition rather than participate in the in-person audition dates.

Audition videos must be submitted prior to May 21, 2022.


In-Person Audition Dates:
  • Saturday, May 7, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 21, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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Percussion Audition Requirements

All percussion candidates (new and veteran) must attend at least one of the scheduled audition days on campus or submit a video audition. Attendance at both days is preferred and recommended. Video submissions will be accepted if circumstances prevent individuals from being on campus to audition.

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.

The final percussion section roster will be determined at the conclusion of the final spring audition day. Results will be emailed to all candidates.


Download the appropriate audition excerpt package and the Percussion Handbook by clicking on the appropriate button below. The audition music was updated on April 15.


Click to Download the Battery Audition Materials (without cymbals)


Click to Download the Cymbals Audition Materials


Click to Download the Cymbals Audition Number 1 Etude


Click to Download the Front Ensemble Audition Materials


Click to Download the Percussion Handbook

Battery Percussion Audition Instructions:

Please prepare the following excerpts / exercises to per performed at two contrasting tempi between the prescribed tempo range:

  • 16th Note Timing (3-note) 116-144 BPM
  • Two-Height Rolls at 128-152 BPM
  • Cymbal Audition #1 (cymbals only) at 120 BPM
  • Relative Rebounds by Dave Hall (Top-G)

Front Ensemble Audition Instructions:

Please prepare the following excerpts / exercises to per performed at two contrasting tempi between the prescribed tempo range:

  • One Octave Scales and Arpeggios (B-flat major, C minor)
  • Triplet Arpeggios (F-sharp major, G major, G-sharp major)
  • 7/8 double verticales
  • All Edges by David Skidmore (no repeats, take second endings only).

All Candidates:

Please also familiarize yourself with the additional exercises in the Percussion Handbook, as we may play these exercises as a group during the audition days.

Color Guard Auditions

Cornhusker Marching Band color guard.

Note: The 2022 color guard audition procedure and materials will be sent to registered color guard candidates starting on May 13, 2022.

A video of the audition routine, involving both flag work and dance, will be sent via email to registered candidates. 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. Candidates may use our equipment during the audition, however, we do not loan poles and silks for audition preparation prior to the audition date.

The auditions will take place in Cook Pavilion at 845 North 14th Street in Lincoln on the University's city campus. Access to Cook Pavilion will be restricted to color guard candidates and the band staff. Parking fees are the responsibility of each individual candidate.

Video auditions are acceptable if an on-campus audition is impossible. 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 their video audition to the band staff. Please frame the camera 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. Performance videos are not accepted for color guard auditions.

2022 Color Guard Audition Dates

In-person audition sessions will take place on campus on the dates listed below. Note that we will follow safety protocols and social-distancing guidelines. All current University students must present their Safer Community app at check-in. Other safety measures may also be taken and will be posted here or communicated via e-mail to all candidates. It is required that all candidates, faculty and staff wear masks at all times. Candidates may choose to submit a video audition rather than participate in the in-person auditions.

  • Saturday, May 28, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Saturday, June 4, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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