Before coming to audition, all students, regardless of major, must CLICK HERE to complete the scholarship/award application

Auditions for fall 2019 Freshmen/New Members:

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 1pm - Band Hall

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 1pm Band Hall

Students will sign up for a specific audition time at 1pm on the day of auditions.

The band hall is located at: 340 E. Sale Rd. Lake Charles, LA

Color Guard Auditions

Guard Auditions: May 11, 2019 - 2pm-6pm- Click here for information on guard auditions

 

Audition Procedures/Materials

Please be sure to complete the scholarship/award application form prior to auditioning.  You may complete this form and audition before being officially accepted into the university.  Just complete the information you currently know.

This audition will:

  • Serve as your entrance audition into the music performance or music education degree programs and as your audition for marching band
  • Or, if  you are not majoring in music: serve as your entrance audition for marching band &/or symphonic band
  • This audition will also qualify you for: a) a possible music-major scholarship and/or b) band service awards (provided to every member of the marching band, wind symphony, symphonic band, jazz band, and basketball pep band)

Brass & Woodwinds: Majoring in anything OTHER than music

What you will be asked to play:

Brass & Woodwinds: Majoring in MUSIC EDUCATION or MUSIC PERFORMANCE

What you will be asked to play:

  • One lyrical etude, solo or other piece of music of your choosing. Performing this excerpt should indicate your ability to perform music expressively
  • One technical etude, solo, or other piece of music of your choosing. This should indicate your technical ability
    • The above prepared pieces can be cuts from honor band or all-state audition material, etudes from lesson books, excerpts from solos, or even music from your concert band folder. Generally, many students use their honor band, all-region or all-state audition music, because they already know it well and it covers these requirements for us:
  • Scales: Be prepared to perform major and chromatic scales throughout the practical range of your instrument
  • Sight Reading

Drumline / Percussion Music Majors

Please contact Dr. Lonny Benoit at 337-475-5466 or e-mail: Lbenoit@mcneese.edu

Every percussionist must play an entrance audition to qualify for a band scholarship/award. Additionally, drumline placement auditions will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 2pm-6pm.

Video Auditions

Record the same as above (except for the sight reading) and post your audition video to YouTube (as a unlisted video) and email us the link. Please include your name and high school with your recording. Email the video link to: jjacobs@mcneese.edu