Joining the Band

Membership in the Marching Golden Flashes is open to all Kent State Undergraduate and Graduate students regardless of major

All undergraduate members of the MGF receive a $1000 scholarship. Find out more about the Marching Golden Flash Award.

Here is the timeline to follow in order to join the MGF:

  • Step 1 - Review the audition requirements for your area of interest. 
  • Step 2  Sign-up for Band Camp
    • Brass and Woodwind players will submit a recorded part placement video with the Band Camp registration. Review of the part placement videos will begin on April 1, 2022 and continue through July 15, 2022.
    • Drumline members will audition at camp.
    • Link to sign-up: Click here
    • Deadline to sign-up is July 15, 2022.  
  • Step 3 – Register for Marching Band class on Flashline.
    • Deadline to register is Aug. 1.
    • Note: Incoming first-year students will do this during DKS Orientation.
  • Step 4 – Attend Band Camp.

For more detailed information of each step, please see below.

Questions?

Please email us at bands@kent.edu!

Class Registration
Band Camp

Band Camp 2022 

Sunday, August 14 – Tuesday, August 23

All activities will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Please note, this schedule is subject to change.

Band Camp Schedule

Sunday, August 14

Morning: Percussion, Color Guard, Twirlers Residence Hall Move-In

Afternoon/Evening: Percussion, Color Guard/Twirlers Sectionals

Monday, August 15

Morning: Percussion, Color Guard, Twirlers Sectionals

Afternoon: Woodwinds and Brass Residence Hall Move-In

Afternoon: Percussion, Color Guard, Twirlers Sectionals

Evening: Orientation for All Members

Tuesday, August 16 – Tuesday, August 23

Rehearsals will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.


Register for Band Camp

The Deadline to sign-up is July 15. Please register at the link below.

Register for Band Camp


Check-in and Early Move-in Schedule

Details will be released in July 2022.


Questions?

Email bands@kent.edu

Auditions

Become a part of the MGF Family!

See below for each section's audition requirements.


Brass & Woodwind

  • Video Audition: Due July 15.
    • Sign-up for Band Camp here.
    • On the Band Camp sign-up form, select "I would like to submit a video audition."
    • Upload the video to YouTube and include the URL on the Band camp sign-up form. Make sure that the "Visibility" is set to "Unlisted" for your privacy.
  • Materials for all auditionees:
    • Two-octave chromatic scale (to demonstrate range)
    • One minute of prepared music.*

*Prepared music may be one piece with contrasting parts or two different pieces, demonstrating beauty of tone, phrasing and musicality, and technical ability. It is recommended you prepare a “classical” selection (ex: a piece from the OMEA Solo and Ensemble Festival catalog), but you are welcome to choose whatever you believe will best demonstrate your abilities. We encourage you to play your audition on whichever instrument you feel most comfortable, marching or concert.


Drumline

  • Auditions dates and times will be coming soon!
  • Students will be expected to perform exercises out of the drumline packet for your desired instrument. You can find the music here.
  • Audition results will be based on preparedness and the ability to function within the drumline during rehearsal. The results will be determined that evening.
  • Please contact Dr. Matt Holm for more information at mholm2@kent.edu.
  • Sign-up for Band Camp here.

Visual Ensemble

The Kent State University Colorguard and Touch of Gold Twirlers hold separate auditions each season.

Colorguard

In-person Audition

  • Saturday, July 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Register at the link below

Register for Colorguard Audition

If you have questions about the MGF Colorguard or the in-person auditions, please email Ali Sommer (ahoppe@kent.edu).  

In the audition, you will be expected to demonstrate: 

Basic flag techniques: 

  • Drop Spins (left & right) 
  • Pole Hits (left & right) 
  • Carves (top & bottom) 
  • Tosses (Pop, 45, "J"/Money) 

Basic dance techniques: 

  • Positions 
  • Plié 
  • Chassé 
  • Sauté 

Touch of Gold Twirlers


Questions? 

Email bands@kent.edu