Wind Preliminary Audition
Students auditioning for any of the woodwind or brass sections of Longhorn Band must complete a preliminary audition either live on the UT campus during Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest (May 26 and 28), or by submitting a video audition online. If you selected to complete your preliminary audition live during TSSEC, you do not need to do anything further at this time.
If you are submitting your video online, please video yourself performing the audition material. We prefer that your audition video be either one continuous video, or if filmed in multiple takes, edited together as one long video.
Your preliminary audition consists of:
– 6 major scales (G, F, E-flat, D-flat, B, A; all concert pitch)
– Full-range chromatic scale
– Brief lyrical excerpt of your choice
– Brief technical excerpt of your choice
When you are ready to submit your video audition, please complete the information requested in the form below. This will complete the submission of your audition, and you can expect to hear from our office via email approximately one week after your submission informing your of your audition result.
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 1 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!