2020 Marching Band Audition Dates
- Tuesday, May 26th
- Monday, June 1st
(Drumline Auditions 9:00 - 4:00)
- Tuesday, June 2nd
- Wednesday, June 3rd
A printable document containing the audition information on this page can be downloaded.
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
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 select an Orientation session that coincides with auditions.
Auditions are scheduled for the afternoon and evening before your Orientation session. This allows students to relax and focus on their audition before dealing with the excitement and rigor of a full day of Orientation and registration activities.
Audition/Orientation pairings for 2019
May 26th Audition
May 27th Orientation
June 1st Audition*
June 2nd Orientation
June 2nd Audition
June 3rd Orientation
June 3rd Audition
June 4th Orientation
*Drum Line Audition Day
Students may arrange for overnight housing at a nominal cost through the Orientation office, if desired. Often, students have stayed in one of the residence halls while family members have lodged at one of our local hotels. Many students and their families have found the overnight stay to be an excellent opportunity to explore the Mt. Pleasant community. If you have questions, call the CMU Orientation office or visit their web site:
Confirmation of your audition date and time will be mailed shortly before your Orientation session. Music Majors will receive information in the mail. When visiting campus for Student Orientation, Music Majors will also be fitted for their uniforms by members of the marching band staff at that time.
Detailed materials will be mailed to all who register for an audition through the Orientation site. To receive additional information and to receive audition materials for your instrument or section NOW, please go to https://goo.gl/forms/Pn1ksho1pWCgD5fk1.
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. Color Guard applicants will learn a short segment of flag and body work.
This and other information related to the 97th Season of the Chippewa Marching Band is available at our web site, which will be updated as the season approaches.
We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to CMU.
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.
Music majors who wish to play an instrument other than their major instrument must audition to do so.
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 subsequent year.
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