USU Bands’ Frequently-Asked Questions
WHAT BANDS ARE THERE AT USU?
Q: Are there auditions for the bands?
A: Wind Orchestra: most exclusive; auditions held during first week of classes each semester. See the Band Bulletin Board (Room 113, Chase Fine Arts Center) the first week of each semester for audition materials.
Marching Band: Fundamentals Week (one week prior to fall semester).
Pep Band: Auditions occur at the end of October.
Symphonic Band: The only audition for this ensemble is for chair placement. Simply register for the class, and attend the first rehearsal with instrument in-hand.
Q: How can I become a member of the Aggie Marching Band?
TIME COMMITMENT CONCERNS
Q: I’m concerned about the time commitment.
A: College band is not as demanding, time-wise, as many high school marching bands. Although 1 1/2 hours per day is encumbered by the schedule, the band actually rehearses only 2-4 times per week, depending on the home football schedule that week. Rehearsals occur in the afternoons when fewer classes are offered, so conflicts are minimized. The only out-of-school requirements are the performances, which number 6-7 Saturdays of the fifteen-week semester. . . The enjoyment received from the experience is more than worth the time.
Q: Will marching band hurt my academic record?
A: No. The efficiency with which the marching band runs minimizes out-of-rehearsal time, and the orientation students receive during Fundamentals Week focuses their attention on budgeting of time for best performance of academic and personal commitments. With the marching band represented by over 40 different majors, it is common to find upperclassmen of the same major who can further assist in orientation and comfort level in the new environment.