Bengal Brass | LSU Department of Bands

Bengal Brass


The LSU Bengal Brass Basketball Band is comprised of 72 brass, woodwind, and percussion players selected from the ranks of the Tiger Band. Members are chosen through an audition at the beginning of the semester and perform for men’s and women’s basketball games, women’s volleyball matches, and gymnastic meets.

To be eligible to participate in Bengal Brass, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a full-time LSU student in good standing with the university.
  • Have a flexible evening schedule to attend athletics events.

Each member of the Bengal Brass receives an exclusive uniform jacket from LSU Athletics and financial compensation for each performance throughout the season. The group rehearses at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters only, with mid-season rehearsals scheduled as-needed. The group also travels across the country to SEC and NCAA basketball tournaments in the post-season, all-expenses paid. Prior trips have visited Tampa, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Nashville, Washington D.C., and many more.

The Bengal Brass Basketball Band is led by the Interim Assistant Director of Bands, Dr. Cliff Croomes.

Bengal Brass Auditions

All LSU students are welcome to audition for Bengal Brass!

Auditions will take place Tuesday, September 3rd, at the Tiger Band Hall, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The Bengal Brass is accepting auditions on the following instruments:

  • Piccolo
  • Clarinet
  • Alto Sax
  • Trumpet
  • Mellophone
  • Trombone
  • Baritone
  • Sousaphone
  • Drum Set

All wind players will be required to perform two excerpts. The excepts will be chosen from a stand tune and an LSU traditional tune. You can find the excerpts below.

Drum set players will be required to play 8 bars of the following four different styles:

  • Swing = 160 bpm
  • Latin = 144 bpm
  • Shuffle = 144 bpm
  • Rock = 160 bpm 

When the band is set, mandatory rehearsals will be held September 4th and 5th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Tiger Band Hall.

Audition Excerpts

Audition excerpts for all instruments can be downloaded via the link below. Please refer to the following information regarding specific excerpts for the audition.

  • Hey Fighting Tigers: m. 5-36(2nd time) "Piccolo obligato"
  • Hey Ma Petit: Letter D-E
  • Tiger Rag: Beginning-25
  • Hey Ma Petit: Letter D-E
Alto Sax:
  • Tiger Rag: Beginning-25
  • Hey Ma Petit: m. 32-46
  • Tiger Rag: Beginning-25
  • Hey Ma Petit: Letter D-E
  • Tiger Rag: Beginning-25
  • Let's Go Bust Loose: Pick ups to H-K
  • Fight for LSU: Beginning-29
  • Let's Go Bust Loose: G-H
Baritone (Bass and Treble clef parts):
  • Fight for LSU: Beginning-29
  • Let's Go Bust Loose: G-H
  • Hey Fighting Tigers: Pick ups to m. 45-75
  • When We're Human: C-D

Download Bengal Brass Audition Music