Second Round Marching Auditions

2019 Second Round Marching Band Auditions

Students that passed the first-round Marching Band audition will be invited to attend Band Camp for the second round of auditions. Your section (i.e. brass, woodwinds, percussion, color guard, etc.) and whether or not you have previously participated in the marching band determines the date you must report to campus. Detailed information about Band Camp, including checking into University residence halls, and the schedule will be posted in early to mid-July.

Please note that University band instruments will not be available until after August 1st. Individuals may request to use a University instrument by submitting an instrument request form that will be available in early July.


  • All percussion candidates (including leadership) report to campus on Thursday, August 15.
  • Brass, woodwind and color guard leadership report to campus on Thursday, August 15.
  • Color guard candidates (including veterans) report to campus on Friday, August 16.
  • New brass and woodwind candidates report to campus on Saturday, August 17.
  • Specific veteran brass and woodwind candidates report to campus on Saturday, August 17.
  • Specific veteran brass and woodwind candidates report to campus on Sunday, August 18.
  • Twirlers report to campus on Sunday, August 18.


All individuals on the final roster must attend Band Camp rehearsals from Monday, August 19 through Friday, August 23. Brass, woodwind and percussion uniforms will be issued on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25. Color guard costumes will be issued on Wednesday, August 21.

Cornhusker Marching Band Exhibition performance.


Over the past 30 plus years, the marching band has established a wonderful tradition by ending Band Camp with a FREE public performance in Memorial Stadium. It is a tremendous opportunity to celebrate the end of Band Camp and acquire performance experience in front of a large audience before the football season begins. Be sure to invite your family and all your friends! The show is Friday, August 23 at 7:00 PM in Memorial Stadium. The stadium gates open at 6:00 PM. Seating is in the lower level of the west stadium. Enter through Gate 3 in the southwest corner or Gate 11 in the northwest corner. There is no rain-out date for this event.

Parking is available (at audience expense) in the garage on the west side of the stadium and in the city's downtown parking garages.

New and veteran candidates in the color guard section train together with music and routines provided by the band staff at Band Camp. It is important that this section works together from the beginning of camp.

Percussion members must bring their Percussion Handbook with them to Band Camp. The Percussion Handbook is distributed during the spring audition sessions. Contact the Band Office at 402/472-2505 to obtain a replacement, if necessary. There is a $10.00 charge for replacement copies.

New brass and woodwind candidates work with their section and rank leaders for the first few rehearsals. Veteran brass and woodwind candidates participate in one rehearsal prior to the audition on Sunday. Each brass and woodwind section completes a group audition on Sunday afternoon that includes a memorization check. The Sunday afternoon audition sessions are closed to the public. Specific times for each audition group will be announced during the noon rehearsal on Sunday.


  • Memorize the fight songs Dear Old Nebraska U (There Is No Place Like Nebraska) and Hail Varsity BEFORE the beginning of Band Camp. Download the music for the appropriate rank. Please note that trumpet and trombone candidates should memorize the part assignment that best fits your range.
  • All new and returning candidates must check in at Westbrook Music Building on time as per the band camp schedule. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP! You risk the chance of being dropped from the roster before you have begun unless you check in with the band staff.
  • Work with section and rank leaders to learn basic fundamental commands and steps the CMB way.
  • Learn the audition routine as instructed by the leaders.
  • Be on time for rehearsals and meetings.
  • You must be willing to listen and learn, show enthusiasm for the task at hand, make mistakes without falling apart and enjoy meeting new friends.
  • Feel free to ask questions.


The first task during Band Camp is to select the personnel for the Cornhusker Marching Band. We will pick the best 300 candidates based on the following:

  • Skill
  • Preparation (memorization)
  • Progress
  • Attitude


After Band Camp, the marching band rehearses Monday through Friday during the fall semester. The percussion and color guard rehearse from 6:30 AM to 8:20 AM. The brass and woodwinds rehearse from 7:00 AM to 8:20 AM. The rehearsal location is primarily Memorial Stadium or Westbrook Music Building. Members will be notified if an alternate location is required.


Download the two fight songs, Dear Old Nebraska U (There Is No Place Like Nebraska) and Hail Varsity by clicking the appropriate part listed below.

Play a recording of Dear Old Nebraska U (There Is No Place Like Nebraska). The recording includes the fanfares.

Play a recording of Hail Varsity


All marching band members and candidates must be registered for the course BEFORE Wednesday, August 7, 2019. Marching Band is a one credit hour class. A $30.00 special course fee is assessed all band members. This fee will appear on your student account along with the course tuition. Remember to drop the course if you are not on the final roster to avoid the tuition and course fee.

NOTE: Music, charts and announcements are distributed via Canvas or iPad download for this course. You must be registered for the Marching Band class to have access to these documents.

The Marching Band course numbers are MUDC 348E (Music Majors & Minors for degree requirement only) and MUEN 348E (everyone else).

NOTE: If students register for more than one Glenn Korff School of Music ensemble in a semester, they need only register for one of the ensembles for credit. However, students must enroll in all ensembles in which they participate. You may register for the second ensemble as a zero credit course. Contact Prof. Falcone for the permission code to enroll in marching band as a zero credit course. You may not register for marching band as a zero credit course if you receive a marching band scholarship.


Should a member need to leave class early because of an approved course overlap, the following procedure must be followed.

  • The student will have the overlap approved by Professor Falcone and the professor of the other course prior to the start of the semester.
  • An override form will be necessary to register for both courses, obtainable from the Glenn Korff School of Music Office (Colleen McDonald in room 113.)
  • A copy of the student's schedule will be submitted to the graduate teaching assistant in charge of Marching Band attendance.
  • The student will sign out when leaving rehearsal.
  • In these cases, every effort should be made by the student to attend as much of the Marching Band class as possible. This includes talking with the professor of the overlapping course to reach a compromise (leave band a little early, arrive at the other class a little late); having a friend take care of your instrument so you can stay in rehearsal longer, etc. We can tolerate a give and take in these situations; staying in band longer when close to a performance or during one week shows, staying in the other course longer when there are exams, papers or projects there.