YES! Membership in the Bobcat Marching Band includes an $800 scholarship. Additional marching band scholarships are available for dedication and for members selected for student leadership positions. Membership in the Bobcat Basketball Band includes a $450 scholarship. Performance Grants are available by audition for exceptional musicians performing in Wind Symphony or Symphonic Winds.
The Bobcat Marching Band rehearses on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the football season.
All of the concert ensembles rehearse on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the Fall and Spring semesters.
Bobcat Basketball Band rehearses on Mondays in the Spring semester only.
Instruments used in the BMB include piccolo, clarinet, alto and tenor saxophone, trumpet, mellophone, trombone, baritone, sousaphone, and percussion. Only piccolos, mellophones, baritones, sousaphones and percussion are provided by Texas State University.
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 shirt, shoes and gloves.
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, maybe it’s just a part. (Music majors have specific requirements.)
Wind Symphony and Symphonic Winds: Yes
Concert Band: No, if you are a non-music major
Bobcat Marching Band: No, not if you are a brass or woodwind player, though experience is required; Yes, if you are a percussionist, color guard or twirler.
Bobcat Basketball Band: Yes