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Concert Band Questions

What are the concert ensembles?

Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds, Concert Band

Who can participate?

Any Texas State University student with high school band experience is eligbile to participate in the Texas State bands.

How often do the bands rehearse?

All of the concert bands rehearse on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the fall and spring semesters.

Are scholarships available?

A limited number of Performance Grants are available by audition for exceptional musicians performing in Wind Symphony or Symphonic Winds. Contact Dr. Caroline Beatty at cb57@txstate.edu if you are interested in scheduling a Performance Grant audition.

Are there auditions?

Music majors MUST audition for placement in one of the 3 ensembles.

Non-music majors are welcome to audition for placement in one of the 3 ensembles or may simply register for Concert Band.

Do I have to supply my own instrument?

Probably. A limited amount of certain concert instruments are available for rental through the School of Music. Please contact Dr. Caroline Beatty at cb57@txstate.edu for more information.

How much does it cost to be in band?

Other than registering for the class and instrumental rental fees for school-owned instruments, there are no other outside costs. Students new to Wind Symphony or Symphonic Winds should be prepared to have the appropriate concert attire which is explained on the first day of class.

If I'm in a concert ensemble, do I have to be in marching band (and vice versa)?

No. The band program is set up for you to participate in what interests you, where you abilities lie, and what fits in your schedule. Maybe it's everything, maybe it's just a part. (Music majors have specific degree requirements.)

 Do you still have questions about the Concert Bands at Texas State?
If so, please
Email Dr. Caroline Beatty at: cb57@txstate.edu


 

Athletic Band Questions

Who can participate?

Any Texas State University student with high school band experience is eligible to participate in the Bobcat Marching Band or Bobcat Basketball Band.

Do I have to be a music major?

No! Of the 300+ students involved, more than 60% are majoring in areas other than music.

How much time is involved?

The Bobcat Marching Band rehearses on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the football season from 4:00 - 6:30 PM. Additionally, the band performs at all home football games, typically one away game a year, and a number of exhibitions throughout the fall.

The Bobcat Basketball Band rehearses on Mondays during the spring semester only and performs at all men's and women's home games and post-season tournaments.

Are scholarships available?

YES! Membership in the Bobcat Marching Band includes an $800 scholarship. Additional marching band scholarships are available for longevity and for members selected for student leadership positions.

There is also a $450 scholarship for select members of the Bobcat Basketball Band.

Are there auditions?

Auditions are required for color guard, twirlers, and percussionists.

Brass and woodwind players with high school experience are admitted without preliminary auditions. HOWEVER, we occasionally experience more interest than we can support, and therefore have auditions for spots in those specific sections.

Auditions for the Bobcat Basketball Band are held annually at the end of the fall semester.

How do I sign up?

Once you have been officially accepted to the university, there are three easy steps for joining the Bobcat Marching Band:

1.) Register for the class - for students who are new to Texas State (incoming Freshman and Transfer Students) make sure you register for the class during summer orientation. All band members MUST be registered for the class to participate!
MUSE 3120-001 All woodwind members, color guard members, twirlers, and drum majors
MUSE 3120-002 All percussion members
MUSE 3120-003 All brass members

2.) Fill out the Band Information Form online - this application is available on the band website beginning in late April / early May, and must be filled out by ALL members who plan to march! Due August 1st.

3.) Complete & return the Summer Mailing Packet - download the packet and return all forms to the Texas State School of Music by August 1st.

If I'm in a concert ensemble, do I have to be in marching band (and vice versa)?

No. The band program is set up for you to participate in what interests you, where your abilities lie, and what fits in your schedule. Maybe it's everything, maytbe it's just a part. (Music majors have specific requirements.)

What and when is Preseason Camp?

Preseason camp is held in mid-August, typically ten or eleven days before the start of classes. This is when auditions will be held for the wind sections if needed, and it is when we learn the music and drill for our halftime and pregame shows. Preseason camp is mandatory for all members.

How and when will I receive the Summer Mailing Packet?

The Summer Mailing Packet will be available to download in early May from the Texas State Band website.

What about living on campus? Do I have to change dorm rooms at the start of the semester?

No, you will check in to your university-assigned dorm room at the beginning of Preseason Camp.

I'm a new student to Texas State. When should I try to schedule my summer New Student Orientation?

As early as possible! It's imperative that your New Student Orientation is NOT scheduled during our Summer Preseason Camp.

What instruments are used in the Bobcat Marching Band and Bobcat Basketball Band?

Instruments used include piccolo, clarinet, alto and tenor saxophone, trumpet, mellophone, trombone, baritone, sousaphone, and percussion.

Do I have to supply my own instrument?

The university will supply percussion instruments, sousaphones, baritones, mellophones, piccolos, and a limited amount of tenor saxophones. A small rental fee is required for use of these instruments. Members are expected to provide all other instruments.

NOTE: Woodwind players are strongly recommended to use a 'marching instrument.' Wooden clarinets and conservatory model flutes and saxophones do not do well in the extreme weather conditions we experience during the marching band season.

What parts of the uniform do I need to supply?

You are responsible for supplying Cesario MTX black marching shoes, black gloves, and black socks. You also need to purchase a BMB T-shirt and marching shorts from the band department. Information on ordering this equipment is included in the Summer Mailing Packet.

What equipment do I need to purchase?

All BMB members need to provide their own lyre and flip folder. Any student using a school-owned instrument needs to provide their own mouthpiece.

How much does it cost to be in the marching band or basketball band?

Other than registering for the class, the cost to be in any of the bands is minimal. Example extra costs are: School-owned instrument fee, marching band T-shirt, shoes and gloves.

 Do you still have questions about the Athletic Bands at Texas State?
If so, please Email Dr. Kyle Glaser at:
krg60@txstate.edu