2018 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 be available after August 1st. Individuals may request to use a University instrument by submitting an instrument request form that will be available in early July.
CAMPUS REPORT DATES
- All percussion candidates (including leadership) report to campus on Thursday, August 9.
- Brass, woodwind and color guard leadership report to campus on Thursday, August 9.
- Color guard candidates (including veterans) report to campus on Friday, August 10.
- New brass and woodwind candidates report to campus on Saturday, August 11.
- Specific veteran brass and woodwind candidates report to campus on Saturday, August 11.
- Specific veteran brass and woodwind candidates report to campus on Sunday, August 12.
- Twirlers report to campus on Sunday, August 12.
BAND CAMP DATES
All individuals on the final roster must attend Band Camp rehearsals from Monday, August 13 through Friday, August 17. Brass, woodwind and percussion uniforms will be issued on Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19. Color guard costumes will be issued on Wednesday, August 15.
BAND CAMP EXHIBITION
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 17 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.
WHAT MUST BAND CANDIDATES DO?
- 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. Your rank assignment is noted in the email you received giving you the URL to this web site.
- 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.
WHAT DOES THE 2ND ROUND AUDITION INCLUDE?
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:
- Preparation (memorization)
MARCHING BAND REHEARSAL
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 AUDITION MUSIC
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.
- Trumpet I (A Rank)
- Trumpet II (B Rank)
- Trumpet III (C Rank)
- Horn/Mellophone (D Rank)
- Trombone I (E Rank)
- Trombone II (F Rank)
- Trombone III (G Rank)
- Baritone (H Rank)
- Tuba (I Rank)
- Tenor Saxophone (J Rank)
- Alto Saxophone (K Rank)
- Piccolo (L Rank)
- Clarinet (M Rank)
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 band members must register for the course and pay one credit hour tuition. A $30.00 special course fee is assessed all band members. This fee will appear on your student account along with the course tuition.
NOTE: Music, charts and announcements are distributed via Canvas or iPad download for this course. Register for the course PRIOR to the start of Band Camp. You can always drop the course if you are not on the final roster.
The marching band course numbers will be posted later in the spring.
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 the director 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 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 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.