Audition Requirements

PLEASE NOTE: These requirements are for students wishing to march in the Jaguar Marching Band, not for Music Majors or Minors.  For details on those auditions, please visit this page. Students who pass the Music Major/Minor admission audition will have their Jaguar Marching Band audition waived.

WIND PLAYERS

All winds must be heard by the Director of Athletic Bands, the Associate Director of Athletic Bands, or another Department of Music Faculty member, to be accepted into the ensemble. The audition is informal, and no prepared piece is required. The performer will be asked to: 

  1. Perform the F, Bb, Eb, and Ab concert scales in two octaves from memory with arpeggios (in eighth notes at quarter note=120) 
  2. Perform the chromatic scale from memory in at least two octaves (in eighth notes at quarter note=120) 
  3. Sight-read a short excerpt.

PERCUSSIONISTS

Auditions for the 2017-2018 Jag Drum Line and Front Ensemble will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017- Sunday, April 30, 2017. To be the first to receive audition and clinic information when it becomes available, fill out the Jag Drum Line Interest Form. For additional information on audition requirements, visit the Jag Drumline page

Auditioning for Jaguar Drumline and Front Ensemble

In order to audition for the Jaguar Drumline you must fill out the Jaguar Marching Band Online Intent Form.  This form only signifies your intent to audition for the JDL; you must successfully complete the audition before you gain membership in the Jaguar Marching Band.

IMPORTANT! New (freshman and transfer) members must also apply to audition through the audition application in JagSpot.

COLOR GUARD

No other performing unit can add the color, motion, and field coverage provided by a color guard. The USA Jaguar Marching Band seeks a group of dynamic performing men and women who can consistently provide these elements. Auditions for the 2017 USA Color Guard will take place in an all-day event held on Saturday, April 22, 2017    A free, optional informational clinic will be held for all interested students on March 25, 2017. To be notified immediately when color guard information becomes available, please fill out a Color Guard interest form. For information on audition requirements, visit our Color Guard page.  

Auditioning for USA Color Guard

USA Color Guard Auditions will be held on Saturday, . In order to audition for the USA Color Guard you must fill out the Jaguar Marching Band Online Intent Form.  This form only signifies your intent to audition for the USA Color Guard; you must successfully complete the audition before you gain membership in the Jaguar Marching Band.

IMPORTANT! New (freshman and transfer) members must also apply to audition through the audition application in JagSpot.  

 

FEATURE TWIRLER

Finalists for the feature twirler position will be selected from a nationwide search conducted via video and resumé submissions. After reviewing all submissions, select finalists will be notified and invited to the University of South Alabama campus for a live audition. The feature twirler will receive a full scholarship for their service to the Jaguar Marching Band (tuition, fees, room & board), renewable yearly based on meeting the scholarship requirements and performance expectations.

2017 Feature Twirler Position Announcement

Position: Feature Twirler, Jaguar Marching Band
Position Begins: Fall 2017
Scholarship: 100% coverage of tuition and fees (in-state or out-of-state)
Application Deadline: February 15, 2017
Materials:  All materials should be emailed to:

Dr. William H. Petersen
Director of Bands, University of South Alabama
wpetersen@southalabama.edu 

The University of South Alabama Jaguar Marching Band seeks a feature twirler starting with the 2017-2018 season. The successful candidate must exhibit superior twirling abilities, perform as a first-class ambassador for the University of South Alabama, and be able to maintain excellent academic credentials throughout their career on our campus. The feature twirler selected will receive a 100% scholarship (tuition and fees), renewable for up to four years of service to the Jaguar Marching Band. In addition, all equipment, uniforms, travel, and more are paid for by the University of South Alabama Jaguar Marching Band.

You MUST be admitted to the University of South Alabama BEFORE you can apply for the feature twirler position. Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume of your twirling accomplishments, and a video compilation (YouTube, Google Drive, Vimeo, etc.) of themselves performing a solo field routine. The field routine video may be from two to four minutes long. This routine should be the first item on the video compilation submitted online. In addition, the video should include other examples of the applicant's competitive twirling appearances, as well as solo and parade performances they have given. The entire video compilation may not exceed 30 minutes.  Applicants must be able to demonstrate a three turn, toss illusions, intermediate rolls, and multiple baton work. Applicants must also be able to to show the ability to travel across a large area, flexibility, showmanship, and a strong sense of teamwork.

All submissions must be received by February 15, 2017 and should be emailed to the email address listed above.

All video submissions become the property of the University of South Alabama and will not be returned to any applicant. By February 23, 2017 up to four finalists will be notified of their selection for an on-campus audition. The on-campus audition date will be April 1, 2017. Finalists should plan to arrive in Mobile on Friday, March 31st and depart on Sunday, April 2nd. In any given year, the USA Jaguar Marching Band reserves the right to select no finalists and/or no feature twirler if no applicant is deemed appropriate for the Jaguar Marching Band.

About the Jaguar Marching Band

The University of South Alabama Jaguar Marching Band is an ensemble of over 250 select musicians, color guard, and a feature twirler. Housed in the Department of Music within the College of Arts and Sciences, the University's largest academic division, the Jaguar Marching Band serves as an ambassador for the University, a model of marching technique and instruction for the music education community, and a touchstone for Jaguar fans and alumni. The band is under the direction of Director of Bands at the University of South Alabama, Dr. William Petersen and Associate Director of Bands, Dr. Jason Rinehart.


About the University of South Alabama

Since its founding in 1963, the University of South Alabama has offered a superb, well-rounded educational experience with high academic standards. USA’s fields of concentration are remarkably diverse, encompassing business, the liberal arts, education, engineering, computing, the sciences and health care.

USA’s commitment to student success includes small class sizes and hands-on research opportunities in 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs. The undergraduate honors program for highly motivated and accomplished students includes course work and extracurricular activities throughout the four years of a student's undergraduate career.

In health care, USA provides students with an exceptional medical education through the colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions. At the same time, the USA Health System serves the region with advanced and innovative care through the USA Physicians Group, USA Medical Center, USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital and the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute.

USA annually enrolls more than 16,000 students and has awarded 80,000 degrees in its 52-year history. The University’s Mitchell-Moulton Scholarship Initiative, a $25-million matching challenge, is strengthening USA’s commitment to expanding opportunities for current and future students.