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Not as much as some people think. The band regularly rehearses Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons from 4:00 PM to 5:50 PM. We perform at all home football games (usually 4-6 per year), which are on Saturdays. Other than that, the band has its preseason "band camp" during the middle of August and performs at 1 or 2 high school band shows. Although it is a fall semester course, the marching band season ends when the football season ends. We also make sure the band has a few free weekends throughout the season (no games, etc.). Please see the calendar for more details.
You will actually have more free time than you did in high school. Take a look at our sample schedule to get an idea. At some SEC schools, the marching bands rehearse every day, plus they go to all home AND away games. Their calendars typically go later than our I-FCS football calendar, too, because of bowl games. Those students have the same class schedules you do and manage to make all of that work, so our schedule should be a piece of cake!
Both ensembles fall under the umbrella of "Athletic Bands" since they are groups that perform at sporting events. Many students are in both bands. The Southeast Marching Band is a prerequisite for the Show Band. The marching band is a fall semester ensemble that performs field shows, wears traditional marching band uniforms, plays in the stands at football games, and also performs in parades. The Show Band, a pep band, plays at "winter" sporting events (usually October through April), including Men's and Women's Basketball. The Show Band will have auditions around midterm of the Fall semester and begins rehearsals after auditions are complete. Rehearsals will be held in lieu of some marching band rehearsals, so, if you can fit in marching band, you can fit in pep band. The Show Band does not march, but plays in the stands at these sporting events. Depending upon the point in the season, the "uniform" usually consists of black pants and a shirt provided by the Band program.
Here's a list of various types of performances the MB has given in the past. See the calendar for this year's specifics.
No! In fact, the majority of the Southeast Marching Band, Show Band, and Concert Band are not music majors. We usually have students representing every college on campus in these groups. The Wind Symphony is open to all students by audition. While it tends to be made up primarily of music majors, non-majors are welcome to audition for the Wind Symphony.
Music majors, especially those majoring in Music Education, are strongly encouraged to participate in the marching band for at least one year. In fact, Music Education majors must participate in the Marching Band for two years. The experience you'll gain will prove very beneficial when it comes time to find a job. This is especially important for students who have not marched before (other than parades). Plus, it's a lot of fun and a great way to meet people!
Many members of the MB also hold part-time jobs. There are many jobs available on campus that have flexible scheduling options. Southeast Transit and Work-Study across campus are two popular employers, as they have shifts at many times throughout the day and on weekends. Wherever you end up working, make sure you give them a copy of our calendar and rehearsal schedule as early as possible.
No, we don't. Contrary to what you may have seen in the movie "Drumline," there are actually no real competitions for college-level marching bands. There are some college marching band shows, but these are non-competitive in nature. We do perform in exhibition at one or two high school band shows per year, but we are not adjudicated, rated, ranked, etc. If you're worried you'll miss competing, just give it a few weeks. You'll probably forget all about competitions! We still work hard to put on the best show we can, but there is no pressure to "do what the judges want." It's a lot of fun.
Yes! You receive one credit as a benefit of being in the MB. Members must enroll for the credit in order to receive the participation scholarship. The course is MU386.
Obviously, we prefer that every member be at every rehearsal. However, we currently have a policy that if you have an UNAVOIDABLE COURSE CONFLICT (not work, not a course that you could take at 8 AM instead but don't want to get up that early, etc.) that is REQUIRED FOR YOUR MAJOR, you can miss UP TO 1 hour of rehearsal per week. If you need to miss more than that, it would be too difficult for you to keep up. If you are in this situation, please contact Dr. Reynolds as soon as possible. If there is another section available, but it is full, we may be able to get you into the non-conflicting section. Please communicate any of these issues! If your conflicting course is ever canceled for the day, you are expected to come to marching band rehearsal.
That depends what instrument you play. We automatically supply baritones, baritone saxophones, drumline equipment, mellophones, piccolos, sousaphones, and tenor saxophones to players in those sections. If you need one of those instruments, please indicate that on the participation form. If you need a different instrument, we may have a harder time finding one for you. Please keep in mind that instruments are in short supply, so please request one only if you really need it. You can also look into renting instruments from area music stores as well, especially if you will be playing in additional ensembles. We'll figure something out no matter what, as we don't want a lack of instrument to prevent anyone from marching. Colorguard equipment will be provided for you. There is a $50 per semester charge to rent marching band instruments.
While we do not charge a large fee for participation in the band, there are some supplies you are required to have. However, most of these are one-time purchases. Theoretically, you can buy these supplies as a freshman, take good care of them, and they'll last you until you graduate. Here is a list of required items:
Check the interactive campus map for help. There is also a PDF version with some important locations indicated.
Band camp is our mandatory pre-season rehearsal time. Typically, it starts the Monday before classes begin, with the drumline, colorguard, and MB Staff members coming two days earlier. We spend this week learning or brushing up on technique, rehearsing the music, learning drill, and getting to know each other. This is arguably the most important part of the season, since we get so much accomplished. We can usually learn most or all of the pregame show and get started on our first halftime show. It's especially beneficial for new members, because you get to move in early, learn your way around campus, and make dozens of new friends. When the rest of the freshmen arrive later that week, you'll have a huge jump on them.
In addition to the rehearsals during the day, there are also usually band-sponsored evening activities that are designed for everyone to get to know each other. In the past, this has included scavenger hunts, section olympics, a "no-talent show," and game nights. Even though people are usually pretty tired at the end of the day, most choose to stay for these activities because they're a lot of fun.
Because we learn so much during band camp, it is required for all members to attend. Occasionally, people must miss for a verified excused absence. In these rare circumstances (which must be approved in advance) the students do not march the portions of the pregame show that they miss learning. This saves the ensemble time so we don't have to re-teach the show for those few who did not learn it. If you absolutely must miss part or all of band camp, you must let Dr. Reynolds know as soon as possible. We may decide it's better for you not to participate this year.
The band pays for your on-campus housing until dorms open. Meals are your responsibility. It is important that we have an accurate count of who is going to be there so that we pay for the right number of rooms and meals.
The short answer is "everything you'll need for the semester" since you'll be moving into your dorm. Here's a list of more specific items you'll need/want for the week:
Housing representatives will be available on the first day of band camp during limited hours (typically 9 am to 5 pm). You can check into your dorm at any time during those hours and start moving in your belongings. Marching Band Registration is typically held that evening around 6:00 PM. You'll continue to get settled in your room throughout the week. See this year's band camp schedule for more details.
Unfortunately, due to schedules, most pre-orientation programs and marching band don't mix. You would have too miss too much of band camp for us to allow. However, one of the main attractions of those programs is the chance to meet a lot of new people before everyone moves in. Well, you'll get to do that in marching band! If you were interested in some of the other aspects (e.g. RUSH), there will be plenty of opportunities to participate in that sort of activity through other organizations during the school year.
We ask that you avoid scheduling placement and proficiency exams during Marching Band activities. You do have a choice about scheduling those events. Make sure to consult the Marching Band schedule prior to scheduling those exams.
Many members of the MB also play in various chamber ensembles, Concert Band, Jazz Ensembles, or Wind Symphony. The Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble schedules fit the MB schedule nicely, as they don't rehearse at the same times/days. Wind Symphony (MU390) rehearses each semester on Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 - 2:15 PM in RC CAC155, and the Concert Band (MU391) rehearses in the spring semester on Monday and Wednesday, 4:00 - 5:30 PM. Auditions for acceptance into the Wind Symphony are held on Sunday afternoon prior to the first Monday of classes. The music for Wind Symphony auditions is typically available one month prior to auditions. While the Wind Symphony and the wind and percussion sections of the Symphony Orchestra are made up primarily of music majors, there are occasionally non-majors who are selected for membership.
There are two jazz bands in the music department. The Studio Jazz Ensemble is auditioned. Like the other ensembles, these are open to anyone, regardless of major. The Studio Lab Band is non-auditioned, and accepts both music majors and non-music majors. There are specific requirements for the audition, so contact Dr. Jefferson for additional information.
Music is available on the website in PDF form for you to download. A notice, log-in, and password will be sent to you weeks prior to Early Week. It is your responsibility to download and bring copies of the music to rehearsal. If you lose your copies, you'll be able to access printable versions of the music from the webpage throughout the season.