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 1st, 2021 and continue through July 16th, 2021.
    • Drumline members will audition at camp.
    • Link to sign-up: Click here
    • Deadline to sign-up is July 16, 2021.  
  • Step 3 – Register 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 2021 

Band Camp is typically held for two weeks in August.

Dates for the 2021 season are Sunday, August 15 through Tuesday, August 24.

Register for Band Camp

Check-in and Early Move-in Schedule:

  • Color Guard, Drumline, and Twirlers - Sunday, August 15 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
  • Woodwinds, Brass - Monday, August 16 (2-5 p.m.)

Band Camp Schedule

  • Rehearsals will take place between the hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • A detailed schedule of activities will be released in July 2021.

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 16.
    • 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

  • Date: Saturday, July 24  
  • Audition Time: 9:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.

Registration - Please email Ali Sommer at ahoppe@kent.edu for the link. 

If you are unable to attend the in-person auditions, please email Ali Sommer (ahoppe@kent.edu) to get information on our video audition process. Video submissions will be due Sunday, July 25th.  

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 (auditions completed for 2021)


Field Commander

  • Auditions will be held in early August. 

Questions? 

Email bands@kent.edu