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SIGN UP AS A PROSPECTIVE MEMBER


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AUDITION INFORMATION

PERCUSSION:

All percussion must contact Percussion Instructor Chuck Ricotta (cricotta@umich.edu) as soon as possible, prior to Orientation. The Michigan Drumline will be determined during Band Week in August. but you can begin drumming with prospective and returning members during Winter Semester Drum Tech rehearsals and spring/summer Drumline Camps. The camps, especially, are essential to your preparation to join the drumline.

Camp Schedule Information

FLAG:

All incoming flag members must contact flag instructor Joan Noble-Pruett (jnpruett@umich.edu) as soon as possible, prior to Orientation. The Michigan Flagline will be determined during Band Week in August, but you can begin spinning with prospective and returning members during spring/summer Flag Camps. These will help you prepare to audition.

TWIRLER:

All interested incoming twirlers must submit requested materials by March 31st. Materials must include: headshot, links of unedited YouTube videos of competition/high school twirling (if possible with band accompaniment), twirling resume, and references (including twirling coach). All materials should be sent to Dr. Pasquale (jdpas@umich.edu).

BRASS & WOODWIND

Brass & Woodwind Auditions must be completed by July 31st.

Audition requirements:

  • Chromatic scale of at least two octaves – demonstrate range
  • 1 minute of prepared music – solo or etudes that include contrasting styles: legato, lyrical as well as faster, more technical passages
  • Prepared music may come from the same piece or two different pieces, demonstrating beauty of tone, phrasing & musicality, and technical ability.
  • We recommend that you prepare a “classical” selection (something that you might play at solo & ensemble festival), but you are welcome to choose whatever you believe will best demonstrate your abilities.
  • We encourage you to play your audition on whichever instrument you feel most comfortable, Marching or Concert.

WHEN TO AUDITION

Incoming Freshman:

Audition on the 3rd day of their Summer Orientation and are notified of the results on August 1. If your Summer Orientation date is after July 31st, please contact Revelli Hall to obtain alternate audition information.

Current UM Students:

Attend the Spring Meeting for more information. If you cannot attend the meeting contact Revelli Hall to obtain alternate audition information.

Transfer students:

Attend the Spring Meeting or contact Revelli Hall to schedule an audition time before July 31st.


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VISIT AS A PROSPECTIVE STUDENT

Join us for our Spring Meeting on Saturday, April 27 at 4:45 PM, or come to one of our Open House events for prospective students to learn more!


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What is the average time commitment of being in the Michigan Marching Band?

The MMB rehearses every day (Monday through Friday) from 4:45 PM - 6:15 PM. We play at all home football games, and we will travel to Michigan State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and any bowl games.

Do I need to provide my own instrument?

No! When you arrive in Ann Arbor for Band Week, we will provide you with an instrument that you will use for the season.

Is the band restricted to music majors?

No! In fact, music majors make up a very small portion of the ensemble. Members of the MMB come from every school and college at the University of Michigan. In fact, about half of our members are students in the College of Engineering.

Does the band travel?

Yes! We travel to away football games at Michigan State, Ohio State, and Notre Dame. We also travel to the bowl game at the end of the season.

Is class credit available for Band?

All students are required to enroll in Marching Band for two credits. Marching Band is a course offered through the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, but students from all schools/colleges at Michigan are eligible to enroll.

How much does Marching Band cost?

All members of the Marching Band are assessed a $125.00 lab fee which is charged to their student account. This fee covers the following items which are required for members: three pairs of gloves, one pair of spats, two Michigan Band t-shirts and five uniform cleanings – four during the season and one at the end of the year.

Is Financial Aid available from the Marching Band?

There is a limited amount of financial aid available for students who have been a member of the Marching Band for at least one year. Students need to apply and be able to demonstrate financial need.