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.
Attend a summer drumline clinic. This will serve as your preliminary audition.
Attend a summer color guard clinic. This will serve as your preliminary audition.
Step 3: Marching Clinic
Attend a summer marching clinic in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, or Dallas/Ft. Worth.
Clinic dates to be announced.
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!
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!
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!
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!