Frequently Asked Questions | Marching Golden Flashes | Kent State University

Frequently Asked Questions

Students interested in the Marching Golden Flashes can find more information in our FAQ brochure. 

FAQs

Can I be in the Marching Golden Flashes if I am not a music major?

Yes! As with most collegiate marching bands, non-music majors comprise the majority of our membership. In recent years our enrollment has included students from almost every degree plan and department on the KSU campus.

Is band camp required?

Yes. Only students who have successfully participated in band camp are permitted to be members of the Marching Golden Flashes.

When is band camp?

Band Camp, or Preseason Training Camp, begins approximately 10 days prior to the start of fall classes. Click here for more information.

How do I audition to be a member of the Marching Golden Flashes?

Everyone planning to participate in the marching Golden Flashes must complete an audition prior to preseason band camp to be considered for band membership. While the goal is to allow as many members into the band as possible, the auditions are meant to check basic level skills. Click here for specific audition requirements.

When do the Marching Golden Flashes rehearse?

The Marching Golden Flashes rehearse Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:20-5:15.

How do I enroll in Marching Golden Flashes?

Enrollment is very simple. All you have to do is add MUS 45222 to your class schedule when you register for Fall classes. One hour of course credit is awarded for participation. Course registration is required for band membership.

Do I need my own instrument to be in the band?

While many students use their own instruments, the Marching Golden Flashes provide some instruments for the following instrumentalists: tenor saxes, baritones, sousaphones & drumline.

Are scholarships available?

Yes! Each member of the Marching Golden Flashes is eligible to receive a scholarship for participating in the band.

How much does it cost to be a member of the Marching Golden Flashes?

Members of the band are only required to purchase certain parts of their uniform and accessories. In most cases, the annual costs for these are no more than $150 and are often much less.

Where do I stay during band camp?

KSU students who will be living on campus will be allowed to move into their residence halls during the first day of band camp. Students living off-campus will need to make their own arrangements for move-in at their respective residences.