Brass & Woodwind Auditions | Marching Golden Flashes | Kent State University

Brass & Woodwind Auditions

All brass and woodwind players must successfully complete a video audition in order to be invited to participate in Preseason Training Camp.

All students who successfully complete a video playing audition will be invited to become a member of the Marching Golden Flashes and provided an opportunity to earn a spot for Pregame and Halftime shows by completing a marching fundamentals audition during the first weekend of PTC.

 
Please note the following specific requirements for students planning to audition on piccolo or for first trumpet:

Piccolo - Members interested in piccolo must audition primarily on flute. Those who pass the flute audition with high proficiency may audition separately on piccolo with the selected piccolo excerpt.

1st Trumpet - Members interested in first trumpet must play all three musical excerpts in order to be considered.

Brass and woodwind spots are limited for each section (based on ensemble balance and support resources), so potential members are advised to audition as early as possible in order to secure a spot and receive an invitation to Preseason Training Camp.

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Video Audition Procedure

Prospective Brass and Woodwind members are to submit an audition video via the Kent State University Kaltura video sharing platform no later than August 1 to be considered for membership in the MGF.  Please follow the following steps for a successful audition:

Step 1 – Download and prepare the required Audition Excerpts & Scales (link) for your instrument.  Suggestions for how to prepare a strong audition can be found on the KSUMGF Audition Advice webpage by clicking HERE.

Step 2 – Record and submit an audition video using the following protocols (please note that Adobe Flash must be installed to use this platform):

  • Visit Kent State University's video platform by clicking here.
  • Login (Flashline username/password)
  • Click Add New > Webcam Recording
  • As prompted, click to allow the browser to use your microphone and webcam
  • Click to Start the recording and record your audition
  • Click Stop when finished recording
  • Review the Recording for both visual AND sound quality
    • Click Save to keep the recording
    • Click Record button to re-record
  • When satisfied with the recording, add the following information in each field
    • Name: (YOUR NAME, INSTRUMENT)
    • Description: KSUMGF AUDITION VIDEO 2018-(YOUR INSTRUMENT)
    • Tags: leave blank
    • Publishing Schedule: click ALWAYS
  • Set the video to Unlisted
  •  Click Save
  • On the top right corner of the webpage, click YOUR NAME>My Media
  • Click on the video you just recorded
  • Below the video, click the Share button
  • Copy the link that pops up in the field below and submit it for review by contacting the Bands Office at bands@kent.edu for instructions. 

EARLY DECISION AUDITION VIDEOS ARE DUE FRIDAY, JUNE 29

Prospective Brass & Woodwind members may elect to submit an audition video for early consideration for band membership.  The benefit of doing so will allow prospective members to lock in their spot in the MGF one month before the final deadline for audition submissions.  Prospective members who wish to receive early decision confirmation should follow the same video submission steps as listed above no later than June 29.

VIDEO SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Use high-quality video AND audio recording devices for optimum image and sound.
  • Set up your video recording device so that it produces the highest definition visual and audio recording.
  • Be sure the recording visually captures your entire upper body and instrument.
  • Play each excerpt AND major and chromatic scale in the order listed in the Audition Requirements (link) listed for each instrument.
  • Clearly state your name and which excerpt/scale you are about to play.  Please submit a single video containing all excerpts and scales.
  • Edit your video to eliminate any dead air and with only the best take of your performance for each excerpt/scale.
  • Double check your video before submitting to make sure your recording device captured high-quality video and sound and that it includes your entire audition.

REMEMBER: the earlier you submit your video, the better your chance of receiving one of the limited spots for your instrument.

REMEMBER: the earlier you submit your video, the better your chance of receiving one of the limited spots for your instrument. All video submissions are due no later than August 1, 2018.

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MARCHING AUDITIONS

While the band membership size fluctuates from year to year based on the number of successful playing auditions, the number of band members on the field for Pregame and Halftime shows is a fixed number for each show. Students who participate in field shows are known as the Field Performance Block. Students who do not hold a Field Performance Block position will serve in the Reserve Block. The first weekend of PTC is dedicated to teaching the KSUMGF Fundamentals and assessing each member of the band’s marching performance.

For more detailed information, please see the Preseason Training Camp (link) page and view the Preseason Training Camp Packet.

wind ensemble and SYMPHONY BAND

The Wind Ensemble performs several on-campus concerts every year, as well as outreach tours which include performances at national and state conferences and in the public schools. Membership is open to all university students regardless of major and is by audition only. The Symphony Band performs two on-campus concerts each semester, featuring works for larger wind band in addition to works that are considered to be among the core wind band repertoire.

If you are interested in participating in the Kent State University Wind Ensemble and/or Symphony Band, please visit our Bands Page (link) for audition information.

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COMMUNIVERSITY BAND

The ensemble is dedicated to broadening the artistic level and interest of its members through a low-pressure, once-a-week rehearsal and performs one concert each semester (Fall and Spring) as well as the popular summer concert held in downtown Kent in late June every year. 

If you are interested in participating in the Kent State University Communiversity Band, please visit our Communiversity Band Page for more information.

Take some time to read the list of Frequently Asked Questions (link) regarding the MGF and contact us at bands@kent.edu if you have any other questions!

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