Marching Band Auditions

2020 First Round Playing Auditions

Audition Update

As of March 16, all 2020 Cornhusker Marching Band auditions will be 100% video submissions only. The deadline for percussion and color guard audition videos is April 24, 2020. We would like to wrap up the brass and woodwind auditions soon, so don't delay in submitting the audition request form.

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 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 if you have questions.

You Tube Video - Imagine Yourself in the Cornhusker Marching Band

Brass and Woodwind Auditions

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

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
  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.

Fight Song There Is No Place Like Nebraska



Alto Saxophone

Tenor Saxophone

Trumpet I

Trumpet II

Trumpet III


Trombone I

Trombone II

Trombone III

Baritone (treble clef)

Baritone (bass clef)


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.

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 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.

Register for an Audition

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

Percussion Auditions

Note: The 2020 percussion auditions for the Cornhusker Marching Band have been completed.

Cornhusker Marching Band bass drum player.
Cornhusker Marching Band front ensemble.

Percussion Audition Requirements

All percussion candidates (new and veteran) must submit a video audition. Submit the video recording by April 24, 2020.

  • Video must be clear, well lit, and at an appropriate angle to show the player, drum surface, and body.
  • Player must perform all excerpts listed for your instrument(s). These must be played with a metronome that can be audibly heard in the recording.
  • If you don’t have access to instruments due to social distancing requirements, you may use practice pads. Front Ensemble players may submit any video that shows your playing (high school marching show, etc.). Cymbal players can do their best with drum set cymbals and homemade straps.
  • Double check the recording before sending it to us. Make sure that the file opens and plays.
  • Specific music requirements are explained in the audition packets.
  • Remember that we must be able to differentiate your recording from all other applicants' recordings. Name the file with your instrument and your name, for example: Snare John Doe.
  • All applicants must submit an on-line registration form. There is no need to submit this form a second time if you have already completed it once this spring.

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.

Percussion Audition Materials

Download the appropriate audition excerpt package by clicking on the appropriate button below.

Click to Download the Updated Battery Audition Materials

Click to Download the Updated Front Ensemble Audition Materials

Percussion Audition Procedure

  • All elements must be done in one continuous, un-edited take.
  • Your instrument, sticks or mallets must be visible at all times.
  • Save the file using your instrument and name, for example: Snare John Doe.

Color Guard Auditions

Cornhusker Marching Band color guard.

Color Guard Audition Materials

All color guard candidates (new and veteran) must submit a video audition. The audition video submission deadline has been extended to May 18, 2020. Instructions for submitting video auditions will be sent to each candidate via email.

Click to Download the Audition Instructions

Click to Download the Movement and Fundamentals Routine

Click to Download the Audition Count Sheet

Click to Download the Audition Check List

See the Color Guard Audition Videos on YouTube

Register for an Audition

Twirler Auditions

Cornhusker Marching Band twirler.

There are no vacancies for the twirler position for the 2020-21 season.