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2019 Audition Information by Section

 

Wind Section (new members)

Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Colorado State University Marching Band. Membership in the CSUMB is open to all student regardless of academic major. Currently, 85% of the CSUMB are non-music majors representing every academic discipline at Colorado State University. Experience in high school marching band is strongly encouraged but not required for participation. There are two important criteria for obtaining membership in the CSUMB; a successful music/visual audition (required of all new wind/percussion members), and attendance at all required preseason camps.

2019 CSUMB Preseason Camp Dates:

  • Thursday, August 15, 2019: Percussion & Color Guard Report
  • Friday, August 16, 2019: Leadership Team Report
  • Saturday, August 17- Saturday, August 24, 2019: Preseason Camp (required)

Scholarships: Each member selected for participation in the Colorado State University Marching Band (wind/percussion/color guard/Golden Poms) is eligible to receive a $500.00 scholarship during the fall semester. The scholarship is contingent upon registration (full-time university status) as well as enrollment in MU 204 (marching band). Additional scholarships are available for continued service/participation (beyond first-year status).

The Audition Process (new wind members): All perspective members must fill out and submit the 2019 online interest form (2019 CSUMB Interest Form) in addition to the required material below.

  • New wind players must pass a musical/visual evaluation for membership. Beginning in 2019, all new wind member auditions will be submitted via electronic submission. Although you are encouraged to submit your audition material before the deadline, materials will be accepted through Monday, July 15, 2019. Please note, no audition material will be considered after the deadline.
  • Perspective members should submit audition materials (video) by email files/links to CSUbandauditions@gmail.com. It is recommended that auditionees create a YouTube video (set to private) and send the link in an email to the address above.

Audition Video Requirements (new wind members): All new wind players seeking membership into the CSUM must submit a video with the following:

  • Self introduction: no longer than three minutes. (Questions to address should include: Where are you from? What high school did you attend? What marching band experience do you have? Why are you interested in being a part of the Colorado State University Marching Band? Anything special that you would like to share about you?) Use this as an opportunity for us to get to know YOU!
  • Lyrical etude: no longer than two minutes. Here we are looking for a performance of you playing a lyrical etude or solo (excerpt). This could be something from solo and ensemble or an excerpt that shows your lyrical ability on your instrument. You do not have to have accompaniment. In this part of the audition we are looking for excellent tone quality, phrasing, and musicianship. You may perform this segment on a marching or concert instrument.
  • Technical etude: no longer than two minutes. Here we are looking for a performance of you playing a technical etude or solo (excerpt). You do not have to have an accompaniment. In this part of the audition, we are looking for excellent tone quality, phrasing, musicianship, and technical facility on the instrument. You may perform this segment on a marching or concert instrument.

Marching Video: This part of the audition process is critical in the evaluation of new members. It is important that new members have an understanding and ability to move and play simultaneously. In an effort to evaluate this, we require each new wind applicant to submit the following:

  • Marching box drill (while performing the concert B-flat scale: 8 steps forward, 8 steps left lateral slide, 8 steps backwards, 8 steps right lateral slide and halt. Please use whatever visual technique you are most comfortable with. Your technique from your high school program will be acceptable to use during this demonstration. Musically, please form the concert B-flat scale in half notes with the final note of the scale being a whole note before you stop. We highly recommend that you complete this segment of the audition on a marching instrument for those auditioning for the following sections: mellophone, baritone, and sousaphone.
  • To assist you in understanding this portion of the audition process we are including a video example of what should be submitted for the marching/playing component.

Are you a new member who has been accepted into the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance as a music major? Congratulations on your acceptance into SMTD at Colorado State University. Your acceptance into CSU Music serves as partial admission into the CSU Marching Band. Your successful music audition for CSU Music (B.M. with concentrations in Music Education, Performance, Music Therapy, and Composition, B.A. in Music, and Music Minor) serves as your lyrical and technical piece/etude required of all new members. However, you are still required to submit a marching/playing video to complete the audition process.

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Feel free to contact us if you have questions on anything related to the audition process above. We are looking forward to evaluating your videos. Good luck and Go Rams!

Dr. T. André Feagin, assistant director of bands/director of CSU marching band: T.Feagin@colostate.edu

Wind Section (returning members)

Welcome back veteran members! Thank you for your continued service of CSU and your interest in returning to the organization as a member of 2019 Colorado State University Marching Band. There are two important criteria for your continued membership in the CSUMB; good status in the marching band in your immediate previous season, and attendance at all required preseason camps.

2019 CSUMB Preseason Camp Dates:

  • Thursday, August 15, 2019: Percussion & Color Guard Report
  • Friday, August 16, 2019: Leadership Team Report
  • Saturday, August 17- Saturday, August 24, 2019: Preseason Camp (required)

Scholarships: Each member selected for participation in the Colorado State University Marching Band (wind/percussion/color guard/Golden Poms) is eligible to receive a $500.00 scholarship during the fall semester. The scholarship is contingent upon registration (full-time university status) as well as enrollment in MU- 204 (marching band). As a returning member of the marching band, you are eligible to receive additional scholarships for continued service/participation (beyond first-year status).

The Audition Process (returning members): All perspective members must fill out and submit the 2019 online interest form (2019 CSUMB Interest Form) in addition to the required material below.

Because of your outstanding service and membership in previous editions of the CSU Marching Band, there is no formal re-audition for acceptance into the ensemble for the 2019 season. The only criteria for continued membership is your “good standing” within the CSUMB during your immediate previous season.

Changing Instruments for 2019?

If you are interested in returning to the marching band on a different instrument (non-primary), you will need to pass a video audition to be placed in that section. Although you are encouraged to submit your audition material before the deadline, materials will be accepted through Monday, July 15, 2019. Please note, no change in sections through this process will be considered after the deadline. Returning members should submit audition materials (video) by email files/links to CSUbandauditions@gmail.com. It is recommended that auditionees create a YouTube video (set to private) and send the link in an email to the address above.

Criteria for the audition to change instruments from previous season include the recording and submission of a brief marching/playing evaluation.

Marching Video: This part of the audition process is critical in the evaluation of an instrument change for returning members. It is important that members have an understanding and ability to move and play simultaneously in the instrument they wish to perform. In an effort to evaluate this, we require each returning member interested in changing instruments to submit the following:

  • Marching box drill while performing the concert B-flat scale: 8 steps forward, 8 steps left lateral slide, 8 steps backwards, 8 steps right lateral slide and halt. Please use the visual technique used in the CSUMB during your audition demonstration. Musically, please perform the concert B-flat scale in half-notes with the final note of the scale being a whole-note before you halt. We require that you complete this segment of the audition on a marching instrument for those switching into the following sections: mellophone, baritone, and sousaphone.
  • Chromatic scale: Performed the chromatic scale from your best sound low pitch up to your best sounding high pitch, and return. This allows us to evaluate facility and your range on the instrument.

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Feel free to contact us if you have questions on anything related to the audition process above. We are looking forward to evaluating your videos. Good luck and Go Rams!

Dr. T. André Feagin, assistant director of bands/director of CSU marching band: T.Feagin@colostate.edu

Drumline (new/returning)

Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Colorado State University Marching Band. Membership in the CSUMB is open to all student regardless of academic major. Currently, 85% of the CSUMB are non-music majors representing every academic discipline at Colorado State University. Experience in high school marching band is strongly encouraged but not required for participation. There are two important criteria for obtaining membership in the CSUMB; a successful music/visual audition (required of all new wind/percussion members), and attendance at all required preseason camps.

2019 CSUMB Preseason Camp Dates:

  • Thursday, August 15, 2019: Percussion & Color Guard Report
  • Friday, August 16, 2019: Leadership Team Report
  • Saturday, August 17- Saturday, August 24, 2019: Preseason Camp (required)

Scholarships: Each member selected for participation in the Colorado State University Marching Band (wind/percussion/color guard/Golden Poms) is eligible to receive a $500.00 scholarship during the fall semester. The scholarship is contingent upon registration (full-time university status) as well as enrollment in MU 204 (marching band). Additional scholarships are available for continued service/participation (beyond first-year status).

The Audition Process (new and returning members): All perspective members must fill out and submit the 2019 online interest form (2019 CSUMB Interest Form) in addition to the required material below.

Auditions for all sections of the drumline (snare, tenor drums, bass drums, and cymbals) will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019: 1 p.m. — 6 p.m.

All live auditions take place at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) on the CSU campus were candidates will have the opportunity to work with our instructional staff as well as meet perspective new members and members from previous seasons. Candidates are strongly encouraged to attend the live audition on the date listed above. For those candidates who cannot attend due to long distance travel or other reasons, we do accept electronic video submissions. Please note, returning members are required re-audition.

You may audition for the instrument/section of your choice. As part of the audition process, all candidates are responsible for all exercises, sight-reading, and the PAS 40 rudiments. Your placement will be based on your musicianship, experience, ability, attitude, and the placement the staff feels is best for you within the marching band.

The Audition Process: Electronic Submission (for those who cannot attend the live audition experience):

Candidates who are auditioning via electronic submission are required to submit a video recording by Saturday, June 1, 2019. Perspective members should submit audition materials (video) by email files/links to CSUbandauditions@gmail.com It is recommended that auditionees create a YouTube video (set to private) and send the link in an email to the address above. Please note that the editing of your video is not a priority. The quality of your performance and submission of the following with be the main factors in the selection process:

  • Self introduction no longer than three minutes. (Questions to address should include: Where are you from? What high school did you attend? What marching band experience do you have? Why are you interested in being a part of the Colorado State University Marching Band? Anything special that you would like to share about you?) Use this as an opportunity for us to get to know YOU!
  • Demonstration of technique through the recording of all posted exercises.
    • You may perform the audition materials on a practice pad or drum.
    • An audible metronome must be present for each exercise
    • Perform as much of the exercise packet as you can at tempos that best represent your playing ability.
    • Your feet should mark time with each exercise.
    • Your feet, hand and face should be visible at all times during the performance of the audition material.
  • Marching box drill: 8 steps forward, 8 steps left crab step, 8 steps backwards, 8 steps right crab step and halt. Please use whatever visual technique you are most comfortable with. Your technique from your high school program will be acceptable to use during this demonstration. Note: it is not required that you perform this segment with an instrument. Performing this exercise with no equipment is acceptable. We simply want to see you move.
  • All students auditioning to be a part of the cymbal section should learn all of the snare etudes in addition to the posted cymbal exercises as part of the audition process.

Audition Preparation: Please learn, memorize and be comfortable with the exercises and rudiments in this packet. These exercises and rudiments are responsible for developing a specific musical and technical requirement that is inherent in the successful performance of the music. Everyone interested in playing bass drum and cymbals will audition on snare drum using match grip and should prepare the snare drum part, as many rudiments as possible and be ready to sight read.

  • Those interested in trying out for snare drum should use traditional grip.
  • Those of you interested in tenors, be prepared to play the entire part on the second drum in addition to the split, if given.
  • We understand that for many of you, percussion may not be your first instrument, please do your best and try to learn as much of the snare part as possible.

Approach: The approach is the concept behind the sound and the visual presentation. In marching percussion, the visual aspect of producing sound is as important as the sound itself. If it looks good, it probably sounds good. It is therefore important to understand and develop a uniform technique.

Each of the exercises should be practiced slowly and gradually sped up. Practicing the exercises slowly allows you (us) the ability to accurately execute the correct rhythms, stickings and dynamics. I suggest spending the majority of your practice time with a metronome at the low end of the tempo range in front of a mirror.

For most battery exercises a dynamic marking will be given which is defined by the highest point of the stroke in inches. General rule of thumb for accent/tap playing is 6" of difference between accented and unaccented notes. Example: ff playing would be 12" accent height and 6" unaccented height. Below is how the stick heights correspond with the written dynamics.

  • fff — 15’’ full wrist/arm extension — stick is at a 90 degree angle to the drum head
  • ff — 12’’
  • f — 9’’
  • mf — 6’’
  • mp — 3’’
  • p — 1 ½’’

Things to listen, look and feel in your playing:

  • Accurate playing of the part — rhythms, pitches, stickings, dynamics/heights/accents.
  • Consistent Tempo — use your ears and your metronome. Record yourself - you’ll be amazed at what you hear.
  • Correct Technique (utilize the technique packet):
    • Grip: maintenance of grip.
    • Use primarily wrist: the forearm and the elbow should be relaxed and will move slightly as a byproduct of a wrist-initiated stroke.
    • Stick(s) should travel straight up and down, and/or perpendicular to the drumhead.
    • Watch for stick or mallet placement on the drumhead.
  • Evenness of sound/height — consistent height of rise in accents/taps etc., equal downward force between sticks.
  • Don’t let the sticking dictate the sound. However you/(we) stick a rhythm, strive for evenness in sound no matter what the sticking.
  • Muscular Relaxation — good sound production is a direct result of relaxed muscular motions.

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Feel free to contact us if you have questions on anything related to the audition process above. We are looking forward to evaluating your videos. Good luck and Go Rams!

Color Guard (new/returning)

Overview: Thank you for your interest in the 2019 Colorado State University Marching Band. Membership in the CSUMB is open to all student regardless of academic major. Currently, 85% of the CSUMB are non-music majors representing every academic discipline at Colorado State University. Experience in high school marching band is strongly encouraged but not required for participation. There are two important criteria for obtaining membership in the CSUMB; a successful music/visual audition (required of all new wind/percussion members), and attendance at all required preseason camps. 

2019 CSUMB Preseason Camp Dates:

  • Thursday, August 15, 2019: Percussion & Color Guard Report
  • Friday, August 16, 2019: Leadership Team Report
  • Saturday, August 17- Saturday, August 24, 2019: Preseason Camp (required)

Scholarships: Each member selected for participation in the Colorado State University Marching Band (wind/percussion/color guard/Golden Poms) is eligible to receive a $500.00 scholarship during the fall semester. The scholarship is contingent upon registration (full-time university status) as well as enrollment in MU 204 (marching band). Additional scholarships are available for continued service/participation (beyond first-year status).

2019 Color Guard Auditions: Saturday, June 8 — Sunday, June 9, 2019

Color Guard Overview: The color guard at Colorado State University is one of two auxiliary units within the CSU Marching Band. Membership is selected by audition annually and is open to all students regardless of academic major. Membership in the color guard is open to both female and male performers. The CSU color guard is an integral part of the marching band and through the use of flag, rifle, and dance, help to elevate and enhance the overall presentation of the marching band.

The Audition Process: The two-day audition will consist of basic movement skills, flag technique, and dance. The CSU color guard spins 6-foot poles and equipment (flags) will be made available to candidates on the audition day. Auditions will take place at the University Center for the Arts on the CSU campus where candidates will have the opportunity to work with our instructional staff as well as meet perspective new members and members from previous seasons.

During the process candidates are required to wear appropriate athletic clothing (allowing free movement), footwear, and are strongly encouraged to bring a water bottle to the audition experience. During the audition process, candidates will receive instruction from our staff on flag technique, movement, and dance. Candidates will be taught a short routine in the group setting which will be used during the evaluation process. Although rifle/sabre are not a formal part of the audition process, we strongly encourage candidates with experience in weapon to alert our staff.

The audition process is broken into two days. Specific audition times are as follows:

  • June 8, 2019: 1 p.m. — 5 p.m. — Introduction, technique and teaching of choreography
  • June 9, 2019: 2 p.m. — 7 p.m. — Continued teaching/training, group auditions

All candidates must fill out and submit the 2019 online interest form (2019 CSUMB Interest Form) before the in-person or electronic audition deadlines.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to attend the live audition process on the dates above. For those candidates who cannot attend due to long distance travel or other reasons, we do accept electronic video submissions.

The Audition Process: Electronic Submission (for those who cannot attend the live audition experience)

Candidates who are auditioning via electronic submission are required to submit a video recording by June 1, 2019 to CSUcolorguard@gmail.com. It is strongly encouraged that you submit a video link (YouTube, etc.) set to private so that the staff may evaluate your audition materials. Please note that the editing of your video is not a priority. The quality of your performance and submission of the following will be the main factors in the selection process:

  • Brief self-introduction no longer than three minutes. (Questions to address should include: Where are you from? What high school did you attend? What experience in color guard do you have? Why are you interested in being a part of the Colorado State University Marching Band as a member of the color guard? Anything special that you would like to share about you?) Use this as an opportunity for us to get to know YOU!
  • Demonstration of technique

Flag Skills

  • Drop spins, cones, and flourishes
  • Tosses to include a single and a single and a half. Please also record parallel tosses, 45’s, pole tosses and pop tosses. Please email the staff if you have questions of the specifics of these items.

Dance Skills

  • Chasés, sautés, and turns

Rifle Skills (encouraged but not required)

  • At least 100 spins on both sides (left and right)
  • Flourishes/wrist flexibility
  • Singles at the flat, 45˚ angle, and vertical on both sides (left and right)
  • Doubles, both on left hand and as a "blade" toss on the right
  • Triples, both on left hand and as a "blade" toss on the right
  • Quads

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Feel free to contact us if you have questions on anything related to the audition process. We are looking forward to seeing you during the audition experience as we move closer to the 2019 season.

Katrina Hocking, CSU color guard instructor: katrinahocking@gmail.com
Mariah Holcomb, CSU color guard instructor: mariah.holcomb@gmail.com

Golden Poms (new/returning)

Golden Poms Overview: The CSU Golden Poms at Colorado State University is one of two auxiliary units within the CSU Marching Band. Membership is selected by audition annually and is open to all students regardless of academic major. The Golden Poms are an integral part of the marching band and through the use of dance help to elevate and enhance the overall presentation of the marching band.

Scholarships: Each member selected for participation in the Colorado State University Marching Band (wind/percussion/color guard/Golden Poms) is eligible to receive a $500.00 scholarship during the fall semester. The scholarship is contingent upon registration (full-time university status) as well as enrollment in MU 204 (marching band). Additional scholarships are available for continued service/participation (beyond first-year status).

2019 CSUMB Preseason Camp Dates:

  • Thursday, August 15, 2019: Percussion & Color Guard Report
  • Friday, August 16, 2019: Leadership Team Report
  • Saturday, August 17- Saturday, August 24, 2019: Preseason Camp (required)

Audition Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled, or enrolling for the 2019 Fall semester and 2020 Spring semester @ CSU and must be in good academic standing, cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Applicants must live in the Fort Collins, Colorado area during the academic school year.
  • Applicants must attend the try-outs in its entirety OR submit video showing required skills by deadline. (requirements are listed below)
  • Applicants are required to be covered by personal injury medical insurance throughout the period of being in the spirit program @ CSU.
  • Applicants understand that decisions made by the coach and spirit coordinator are final.
  • * Applicants must be available for summer fundraising, practices during the month of July AND practices Mid-August if selected for the 2019 — 2020 teams.

Important Audition Dates

  • Friday, May 3, 2019: Optional Dance Practice, 5 p.m. — 7 p.m., Moby Arena
  • Saturday, May 4, 2019: Audition Day 1, 9 a.m. — 4 p.m., Moby Arena
  • Sunday, May 5, 2019: Audition Day 2, 9 a.m. — 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. — 4 p.m., Moby Arena

For detailed information on dance requirements and other important aspects of becoming of a member of the Golden Poms, please check the CSU Spirit Teams website.

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Feel free to contact us if you have questions on anything related to the audition process above. We are looking forward to meeting you. Good luck and Go Rams!

Visit the Golden Poms Website or contact Brittany Wade, CSU Golden Poms Coach, Brittany.Wade@colostate.edu