Brass & Woodwind Auditions | 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.

playing audition materials

​Students are expected to bring their own copies of music to their audition:

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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 PLAYING AUDITION

Auditions this year will only be done by video and are due August 1, 2018 using the following steps:

  • 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 found 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.
  • Make sure your device captured high quality video and sound.
  • Make sure your submission includes your entire audition.

There are two options prospective members can use to upload audition videos:

  • Option 1 - Upload the video file directly to the Video Audition Submission Form.
    To upload a video to this form, you must have your video first uploaded to your personal google drive and make sure to set the settings so that it can be viewed with those who have the link to the video. Please make sure to title your video with your name and instrument.
  • Option 2- Upload the video to YouTube
    You may also upload your audition video to YouTube via the Video Audition Submission Form.
    Please make sure to name your Youtube Video as follows: 2018 KSUMGF Audition - Name - Instrument
    You may set the video to private so that it is not found on Youtube via search, but please make sure that it is private except for those who have the link.

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 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 includes 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 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 regarding the MGF and contact us at bands@kent.edu if you have any other questions!

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