Joining the Band | Kent State University

Joining the Band

Membership in the Marching Golden Flashes is based on an extensive audition process.  Registration in the “Marching Band” class (MUS 45222 for undergraduates; MUS 55222 for graduates) and attendance at all Preseason Training Camp activities is required for all MGF members. 

The process for joining the band contains several important steps.  Here is the timeline to follow in order to join the MGF:

  • Step 1 – Register for the Marching Band class
  • Step 2  Complete the Preseason Camp Registration Form
  • Step 3 – Complete your area-specific performance audition (Brass & Woodwinds; Drumline; Colorguard; Touch of Gold Twirlers)
  • Step 4 – Check in for Preseason Training Camp
  • Step 5  Move in to Residence Halls (Campus Residential Students Only)
  • Step 6 – Successfully attend and complete Preseason Training Camp FUNdamentals Weekend
  • Step 7 – Successfully attend and complete all Preseason Training Camp Rehearsals

For more detailed information of each step, please see the Preseason Training Camp Page and view the Preseason Training Camp Guide.

Class Registration

All students participating in the Marching Golden Flashes must be registered for the class no later than August 1, 2018.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS register for MUS 45222:

  • Winds - 16425, section 001
  • Percussion/Drumline - 16426, section 002
  • Color Guard - 16427, section 003
  • Twirlers - 16428, section 004

GRADUATE STUDENTS register for MUS 55222: CRN 16188, Section 001

pRESEASON tRAINING cAMP rEGISTRATION

All potential members of the Marching Golden Flashes must attend the ENTIRETY of Preseason Training Camp in order to be granted membership in the MGF.  To reserve a spot, all potential members must register for Preseason Training Camp.  This registration is required for students living in on-campus Residence Halls for the fall semester to be granted permission for early move-in during PTC dates.

The 2018 KSUMGF Preseason Training Camp will take place August 12-22, 2018.
Please email us at bands@kent.edu for the registration form.

Auditions

While the goal is to allow as many members into the band as possible, auditions are required to assess the skill level of each individual. See the following information for specific audition requirements for each section:

Brass & Woodwind

All brass and woodwind players must complete both a playing and a marching audition during Preseason Training Camp.

Brass & Woodwind Audition Information

Drumline

The number of Drumline members is fixed each year. Therefore, rigorous auditions are used to determine membership for this section.

DRUMLINE Audition information

Auxiliary

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

ColorguarD AUDITION INFORMATION 

Touch of Gold TwirlerS AUDITION INFORMATION

Please email us at bands@kent.edu with any questions!