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Spring 2023 Symphonic Band Auditions/Instructions:

Auditions will be in video format as it was with the previous for Fall 2022.  Please prepare the excerpts for your instrument and record yourself performing the etudes, the listed scales, and chromatic scale in ONE video file.  There will NOT be any sight-reading for this set of auditions.  Please submit your video by MIDNIGHT on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at the following link:



Instructions for submitting a video are included on the submission page.

All woodwind, brass, and percussion students are encouraged  to audition for the WKU Symphonic Band & WKU Symphony.  Students placed in the top chairs of the Symphonic Band will also be placed in the Symphony. 

Students receiving a Department of Music Grant are required to prepare the audition etudes for the Symphonic Band and the Symphony


Additional information:

Scales should be performed in a consistent manner regarding articulation, rhythm and with a steady tempo. Play all scales two or more octaves if possible.  This helps the faculty to assess your tone, pitch control, and technique in all registers. 

Students wishing to play piccolo, tenor saxophone or baritone saxophone will have an opportunity to indicate their interest on the audition form completed in August.  All clarinets will audition on B-flat soprano clarinet and those wishing to also audition on bass clarinet may do so by including a video segment of them performing the bass clarinet etude. All saxophones will audition on alto saxophone. Assignments for piccolo, tenor and baritone saxophone will be made in consultation with Dr. Alvarez, Dr. Cipolla, the student, and the ensemble conductors.

All auditions will be evaluated by your studio teacher and Dr. Schallert using the following point scale:

Major Scale #1 (5 points)

Major Scale #2 (5 points)

Chromatic Scale (10 points)

Excerpt #1 (25 points or 16.66 if there are three excerpts)

Excerpt #2 (25 points or 16.66 if there are three excerpts)

Excerpt #3 (16.66 if there are three excerpts)

Tone (10 points)

Additional Questions?  Contact Dr. Schallert at gary.schallert@wku.edu



Flute Oboe Bassoon Clarinet
Bass Clarinet Saxophone Horn Trumpet
Trombone Bass-Trombone Euphonium Tuba




        Auditions:               Auditions for 2022-2023 have concluded. Check back for next season!


          Location:               Instrumental Rehearsal Hall (IRH)


               Class:               MUS 377 – SPRING 2023

                           You MUST register for the class in Spring 2023 to be eligible for pep band.

                           This is a bi-semester class beginning in October and continuing through March.


Audition Requirements             
• Two Major Scales of Your Choice (memorized)
         Choose from (concert pitch):  Bb, Eb, Ab, F, or C

  • Prepared Piece


            Sign-up:               CLICK HERE WHEN AVAILABLE


Prepared pieces can be found at the following link.  CLICK HERE

                                       *If you are auditioning for Trumpet 1, you must audition on the Trumpet 1 Part.

                                       *All other parts will be assigned following auditions.


                                       DRUMSET AUDITIONS – Please prepare the following:

  • Fight Song
  • Two in the Middle
  • Examples of the following styles (listening examples in parenthesis):
    • Latin Groove (Oye Como Va)
  • Hard / Fast Rock (The Pretender) (Land of 1000 Dances)
  • Slow Rock (Bully)
  • Swing/Shuffle (Sweet Caroline)
  • Fast Rock – Halftime – Fast Rock Sequence
  • Your best “rock-out” drum set feature that will show your ability to fill



Spirit Pep Band members will be compensated for each game played. Splitting of the Spirit Pep Band will be determined once auditions have been completed.  Selected members will receive $30 per game in which they performed.  Travel opportunities are unknown at this time; however, a point system will be in place to determine travel eligibility should we be given the opportunity.  More information will be provided in the course syllabus. 


Questions? Contact Dr. McCurry – matthew.mccurry@wku.edu

Please visit the DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC website for up-to-date information regarding audition days and requirements.

WKU Department of Music


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 Last Modified 11/9/22