WKU BIG RED MARCHING BAND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I become a member?
To become a member of the Western Kentucky University Big Red Marching Band all you have to do is enroll in MUS 347 (CRN 07193) as if it were a normal academic class.
When does the band rehearse?
The marching band rehearses on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:15–5:15 in the fall semester.
Are there extra rehearsals?
The Marching Band has a preseason camp that takes place the week before school starts. The Marching Band also has dress rehearsals in the stadium on the days there are home games. Percussion and Color Guard can also expect to have one sectional per week. No other extra rehearsals are scheduled.
Will I have enough time to be in the band?
Many students who join the Western Band find that they spent more time in rehearsals in their high school band than they do in college. If you could manage your schedule in high school and still participate in band you will have no problem fitting band into your schedule at college.
What is the cost?
There is no fee to be in any WKU Band including the Big Red Marching Band. Students must purchase a few items such as shoes, gloves, etc. These are usually one time purchases and total less than $50.00. We do not do any fundraising.
Are scholarships available?
Every student who participates in the Big Red Marching Band is eligible to receive a stipend of $600 at the end of the fall semester.
Do I need to audition to become a member?
No. Participation is open to any student who has had previous marching experience. The only auditions students will be required to play are for chair and part placement only.
Do I have to be a music major to be in the band?
No. Students from all different academic backgrounds are welcome in the band. In fact, over 70% of the members of the Big Red Marching Band major in a discipline other than music.
Does the band travel?
The band will travel to at least one out of town game and may travel to area schools to perform as an exhibition band at marching competitions.
Are there school owned instruments I can use?
Marching brass and percussion are provided as well as some concert woodwind instruments. The university has a limited inventory of instruments available for students to check out. If you have a particular instrument need contact Dr. Bright.
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