Tiger Band Audition Process

 

Auditions Overview

Whether you're returning for your senior season with us or are just starting your college career, we strive to make Tiger Band auditions a simple and straightforward process across all disciplines.

Read on to explore the process, jump to the bottom of this page for an FAQ, or reach out to us at bands@lsu.edu with any questions you may have.

Wind Players

There are two rounds of auditions for new wind players. Round One auditions consists of all wind players filling out a preseason registration form. New members will also submit a YouTube video of themselves playing repertoire outlined below. If you are an incoming music major and already auditioned for the LSU School of Music, you will still need to submit a video for Tiger Band. Returning members do not need to submit a video audition.

Both new and returning members will need to complete the 2021 Wind Player Membership Form linked below. If you are a new member, the form has an optional space for you to include your video audition link, but these items do not have to be submitted to us simultaneously. That said, you are strongly encouraged to submit your materials as soon as possible for priority selection.

The deadline to submit the form and video audition (if applicable) is June 24, 2021, 11:59 p.m. CST 

2021 Wind Player Membership Form

Step 1: Record

  • Video record yourself playing the following. This must be done in one take, with no edits in between performances.
    • Chromatic scale showcasing your full range (tongued ascending & slurred descending)
    • An etude showcasing your musical technique, facility, and talent. This could be a solo from Solo & Ensemble or an etude you used to audition for an honor band or all-state band. Minimum 30 seconds in length.
    • Your chosen etude should NOT be music from your concert band literature or pop music performed in marching band.

Step 2: Upload

  • Upload video to YouTube and make sure the file is marked 'Unlisted". Marking your video as unlisted is extremely important to preserve the privacy of your audition.
    • If you encounter issues uploading to YouTube, please contact us at bands@lsu.edu.

Step 3: Submit

  • Copy the URL of your unlisted video and submit using one of these two methods:
    • Include the link in your Wind Player Membership Form.
    • Email the link (along with your name and instrument) to bands@lsu.edu

Once you have filled out the wind player membership form and submitted your video audition (if applicable), you will be contacted directly with your results. Passing Round One means you are invited to Round Two, the Tiger Band Camp, an immersive training camp held just prior to the start of classes in August. During this camp, we will teach you our two marching styles for pregame and halftime shows, learn and practice drill, and rehearse school songs. We will evaluate marching and playing throughout the camp, and determine the final 325-member roster of the Tiger Band through several rounds of cuts at the end of the camp.

 

Drumline Auditions

If you are auditioning for drumline, your entire audition process occurs prior to the start of the Tiger Band Camp. Prior to the final audition date, several clinics will be offered where instructional staff will review our style, exercises, and audition materials. We strongly encourage candidates to prepare an audition on multiple sub-sections. This will increase your chance of placement even if you aren’t selected for your first choice (snare, tenor, bass, etc). Additionally, the drumline captains maintain a private Facebook audition group to anwer questions and share further aspects of our drumline technique, warm-ups, cadences, and the audition process. You will receive the Facebook group link after you complete the 2021 Drumline Audition Registration Form below.

Unless otherwise noted, all events at held at the Tiger Band Hall on the LSU campus.

  • Friday, June 25, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST
  • Friday, July 9, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST
  • Friday, July 23, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST
  • Friday, August 6, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST (for auditionees only)

Drumline auditions will be held August 13, 2021.

  • These will be held at Tiger Band Hall. Check-in begins at 10:00 a.m. CST.
  • You must complete the 2021 Drumline Audition Form to audition.

2021 DRUMLINE AUDITION FORM

 

Colorguard & Golden Girls

Auditions for the LSU Colorguard and LSU Golden Girls take place during the spring semester prior to the marching season. The teams for AY 2021 - 2022 were both already selected in early May 2021. This page will be updated with 2022 audition information for these groups as soon as it is available.

 

Auditions FAQ

Yes! Tiger Band successfully navigated the 2020 season by taking numerous safety and health precautions into consideration. Our efforts ensured that we had ZERO community spread reports within the Tiger Band community.

No, as a matter of fact, the majority of Tiger Band (over 75%) is made up of majors from other colleges and schools across campus including Engineering, Mass Communication, etc.

Yes! There are several opportunities. If you are selected as a member, you will automatically receive a $1000 stipend. Additionally, we do have additional scholarship opportunities based on director recommendations, the department’s instrumental needs, and the student's playing ability.

Every member of Tiger Band must have a minimum 2.0 GPA. Additionally, all members must be full-time students at LSU with a minimum of 12 credit hours. However, if you drop below full-time status after you make the band, you will forfeit your membership stipend.

Tiger Band rehearses Tuesday through Friday for an hour and a half each day. If we have a home football game, we have a rehearsal the morning of the game. When you enroll for the course (MUS 4250) you will receive one credit-hour from the university.

We pay you! The Department of Bands covers all costs such as dry cleaning of your uniform, instrument repairs, and official travel, in addition to your $1,000 stipend. For returning members, we also offer student staff positions to assist with band operations. These are roles such as equipment managers, music librarians, social outreach team members, and more. Student staff positions receive additional payments. 

Barring any changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tiger Band tries to take one full band trip during the regular season, a 100-member pep band to all other away games, and another full band trip for any postseason game(s). Once again, the Department of Bands covers your costs for all of this travel, including per diem for meals.

The number of shows can vary slightly depending on the football schedule, but we typically perform 4 to 6 different shows per season. Shows never become dull because we are always learning new ones!