Step 1: Register Online
Complete the Prospective Member Audition form.
Step 2: Preliminary Audition
Woodwinds and Brass

Submit a preliminary audition video, or audition live during Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest (TSSEC) at the University of Texas in May. Video auditions submissions are due by July 28.

Attend a summer drumline clinic. This will serve as your preliminary audition.
Color Guard
Attend a summer color guard clinic. This will serve as your preliminary audition.


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Percussion Clinics | July 1 & July 22 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. | Band Hall

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Guard Clinics | July 8 and July 29 | 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Band Hall

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Step 3: Marching Clinic
Attend a summer marching clinic in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, or Dallas/Ft. Worth.

DFW | June 3, 10:00 a.m.-noon | Carroll HS, 800 N. White Chapel Blvd, Southlake, TX 76092
Austin | July 1, 10:00 a.m.-noon | Hendrickson HS, 19201 Colorado Sand Dr, Pflugerville, TX 78660
Houston | July 8, 10:00 a.m.-noon | Klein HS, 16715 Stuebner Airline Rd, Klein, TX 77379
San Antonio | July 15, 10:00 a.m.-noon | Earl Warren HS, 9411 Military Drive W, San Antonio, TX 78251
Austin | August 22, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | UT Austin Indoor Practice Facility, 2501 Red River St., Austin, TX 78712

Step 4: Final Audition
If you successfully complete steps 1-3, you will be invited to join us for Band Week, where you will prepare and complete your final audition!
Band Week 2017 will be held August 22-29 at the University of Texas.
Any Questions?
Chances of making LHB

Each year the Longhorn Band is comprised of approximately 380 band members. Both returning and prospective new band members must audition for the band every year, so your chances of becoming a member of the Longhorn Band are in large measure decided by your positive attitude and your willingness to work hard!

Time Commitment

During the fall semester, the Longhorn Band rehearses three times each week: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 6:30-8:30 PM for a total of six hours, and and meets five hours on Saturday before kickoff. During the spring semester, band members perform in either a concert band or a jazz ensemble that meets twice a week for a total of three hours. Most members find that the time commitment is not nearly as demanding as their high school marching band!

Academic Credit

The Longhorn Band is a 2 credit hour ensemble course in the Butler School of Music. Register during orientation or the first week of classes.

Cost of membership

Minimal! We are fortunate to receive generous support from The University that covers all of our major expenses during the season. Band members are provided with uniforms, large instruments, and music. Through the band, members will purchase a set of Nike travel and rehearsal attire that is theirs to keep.

Beginning in your second year in the Longhorn Band, you will be eligible to apply for more than $150,000 in scholarship funds offered annually by the Longhorn Alumni Band, the Butler School of Music, and the Texas Exes. Incoming students who plan to major in music are also encouraged to audition for a Butler School of Music scholarship.
The entire Longhorn Band travels to in-state football games and sends a smaller travel band to most out-of-state games. When the football team is selected for post-season bowl participation, the Longhorn Band will also travel to that bowl!
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