Marching Band Audition Information

Arranging for an audition

Auditions take place in conjunction with early Student Orientation sessions. Once accepted to the University, students will receive an information packet from the Orientation office. Be sure to indicate your desire to audition by checking the options available on the Orientation website.

Auditions may be played in person or by submitting a video. On-campus audition dates are June 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8. If possible, we’d like all students auditioning for the Drum Line to be here on June 6.

Our intention is for students to audition the day before their orientation session. So, if your orientation is on June 2, we’d like you to audition on June 1 – if possible. We’ll work with you to avoid multiple long-distance trips to campus. Whether you choose to audition in person or on video, we ask that you let us know when you’re coming for orientation so we can get you fitted for your uniform while you’re here! Send inquiries about live audition scheduling to Dr. Batcheller using this form.

Packets with audition materials and instructions have been prepared for all sections. Demonstration videos are available, as well. 

Download the Audition Information Packet


Who may audition?

Any CMU student may audition to become a member of the Chippewa Marching Band. All incoming freshmen and transfer students who are not Music Majors may schedule an audition in the spring. Questions concerning non-major auditions can be directed to the main office at 989-774-3281.


Preparing for the audition

Students will be asked to demonstrate the best of their training. The emphasis in these auditions is on determining your skill level and your experience. There will be some physical movement in the audition so take time to warm up and dress to be comfortable. Winds and percussion will be asked to mark time while playing during a portion of the session (low impact mark time only: heels rise and fall, toes remain on the ground) to determine agility and coordination.

You may prepare your audition video using your phone, tablet, or any device that will allow you to record and transfer a video via the internet. We ask that you submit your video through YouTube because it's among the easiest and most secure methods available. If you don't already have a YouTube account, you can establish one by following the instructions at YouTube Help.

If you don't already have a YouTube account, you can establish one by following the instructions at YouTube Help.


Submitting your audition video


Once you've completed your audition, submit it using our online form below. Audition videos are due no later than June 12 by 11:59 pm for full consideration.

Video Audition Form

Information for music majors

  • Incoming Music Majors who have passed their entrance audition for School of Music faculty may play their primary instrument in the marching band without further audition.
  • All percussion majors must audition for placement in the field battery.
  • All incoming freshmen and transfer students who wish to participate in the color guard must audition.
  • All instrumental music education majors will be accepted to the section that best suits their ability and training needs, as determined by the marching band director.
  • Typically, once a student has been accepted to the marching band, he or she will not be required to audition in the subsequent year.