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

**Please note that for Fall 2021 auditionees, we will be holding video auditions.  To find more information about Jaguar Marching Band video auditions, including requirements, please visit Fall 2021 JMB Auditions.

All winds must be heard by the Director of Athletic Bands, the Associate or Assistant 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 from any starting note (in eighth notes at quarter note=120) 
  3. Perform our fight song, South!


Jaguar Drumline

 Video auditions for the 2021-2022 Jag Drum Line will be due on Friday, March 26, 2021.  For additional information on audition requirements, visit our auditions page


Jaguar Colorguard

No other performing unit can add the color, motion, and field coverage provided by a color guard. The Jaguar Marching Band seeks a group of dynamic performing men and women who can consistently provide these elements. Video auditions for the 2021-2022 Jaguar Colorguard will be due on Friday,  March 26, 2021  For information on audition requirements, visit our auditions page.  


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 generous scholarship in the amount of $12,000 for their service to the Jaguar Marching Band, renewable yearly based on meeting the scholarship requirements and performance expectations.


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 Athletic Bands at the University of South Alabama, 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 healthcare.

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 healthcare, 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, University Hospital, 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.