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Joining the Marching Band

Texas State University has experienced tremendous growth over the past several years, and it is important for new students to find their place within the university community. As a member of the Bobcat Marching Band, you will be surrounded by students with similar interests who will soon become lifelong friends. The band truly possesses a family atmosphere, a support system on which one can rely throughout their college career. You DO NOT need to be a music major to join any of the bands at Texas State, and everyone with an interest in continuing to perform is encouraged to participate.

The Bobcat Marching Band now offers SCHOLARSHIPS for all members!

Do you have specific questions about the band program? Most of the answers can be found on our "Frequently Asked Questions" page.

What's the timeline for joining the Bobcat Marching Band?

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 players
MUSE 3120-002 All brass players
MUSE 3120-003 All percussionists
MUSE 3120-004 All color guard & twirlers

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.) Order equipment & download the summer mailing packet - submit an online order for required accessories. Download the summer mailing packet (available late April / early May online) and return all forms to the Texas State School of Music as indicated.

Brass and Woodwinds

Brass and woodwind players with high school band 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. If auditions are needed, they will take place during the first few days of our preseason camp. If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Kyle Glaser, Associate Director of Bands at



Percussionists (battery and front ensemble) are placed by audition. There are optional summer drumline camps to help students prepare for the auditions, and the percussion section holds its formal auditions during the Bobcat Marching Band preseason camp. Please email our percussion coordinator, Jordan Stern, at and he will get you all of the information that you need. More information can also be found on the marching percussion page.

Color Guard

Membership in the Color Guard is determined by audition. Auditions are typically held on the first Saturday in May on our campus. Please check back to this website for updated information later in the spring semester. If you have further questions, please email our color guard coordinator, Kim Booher at


The Bobcat Marching Band has positions for up to two qualified feature twirlers. Auditions are typically held on a Saturday in mid-April on our campus. Contact Dr. Kyle Glaser, Associate Director of Bands, at for information.

Any additional questions regarding the Bobcat Marching Band may be sent to Dr. Kyle R. Glaser, Associate Director of Bands at