Tiger Band | LSU Department of Bands

The Golden Band From Tigerland

About The Band

The LSU Tiger Marching Band, or "The Golden Band From Tigerland", is the largest and most visible single organization on campus with a closed membership of 325 students. Recognized nationally for its outstanding achievements by the John Philip Sousa Foundation in 2002, the Tiger Band is comprised of students from all over the LSU campus. Even though Tiger Band members display a wealth of musical talent, we desire players who possess a strong sense of dedication and pride in their work. Approximately 80% of Tiger Band members are majoring outside of music.

Tiger Band is an accredited one-hour course that meets from 3:50 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Home game Saturdays require additional rehearsal time and attendance at the football game.  All members also attend full-band away games, including bowl games. Participation in Tiger Band involves less time than most high school band rehearsals.

All students selected for membership in the LSU Tiger Marching Band, including Colorguard and Golden Girls, receive a $1,000 service award stipend and must be registered as full-time students in the fall semester (12 semester hours) with a minimum 2.0 GPA in order to participate. There are no fees required for membership, and the University pays for all road trips and most uniform costs. Most of the instruments for Tiger Band are available for use at no cost to the student.

The Tiger Marching Band is under the direction of Dr. Kelvin Jones, with assistance from Dr. Simon Holoweiko and graduate instructional staff.


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Wind Players

There are two rounds of auditions for new wind players. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, 2021 Round One auditions will consist of a submitted Youtube video recording. Applicants will need to complete the registration form below along with video recording themselves playing their chromatic scale and an etude of their choice (e.g. an audition etude for All-State, a solo and ensemble piece, or similar work). Applicants will then load the performance video onto Youtube, mark it as an Unlisted file, and email the link of the performance to bands@lsu.edu. 

After completing the registration form and submitting video audition, students will be notified within two weeks if they qualify for Round Two auditions. Round Two, the Tiger Band Camp, is an immersive week-long training camp held just prior to the start of classes in August. During this camp, we will teach our two marching styles for our pregame and halftime shows, practice drill, and learn school songs. We will evaluate marching and playing throughout the camp, and determine the final 325-member roster of the Tiger Band through rounds of cuts at the end of the camp. For specific information regarding auditions, please click the Tiger Band audition membership page below.

 2021 Tiger Band Audition Membership Page 


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Percussionists do not need to schedule an individual audition to become a part of the Tiger Band, but instead will participate in a single audition just prior to Tiger Band Camp. Leading up to this audition, we will hold 4 in-person drumline camps that will take place at various points throughout the summer. While they are not required, they are encouraged for students who wish to be part of the drumline. At these camps, the drumline technique, warm-ups, and cadences will be discussed. Students planning to audition for the 2021 drumline will also need to join the private audition drumline group on Facebook where they receive individualized instruction from the LSU Drumline staff to better prepare themselves for the official audition. You gain access to this group after you sign up via the 2021 Tiger Band audition membership page below.   

2021 Tiger Band Audition Membership Page 


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Colorguard & Golden Girls

Golden Girls and Colorguard auditions take place in April/ late May. There will be approximately 2-4 camps that will take place between January and March where students will be prepared for their audition.  At these camps, students will be taught by the staff/student staff the basic routines and material pertinent for the audition.

Colorguard Audition Information

Golden Girl Audition Information 

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