The IUP Marching Band is open to all IUP students.
Placement auditions for woodwind, brass, and drumline instruments as well as flags at the beginning of Band Camp. 2021 Band Camp is scheduled for August 19–21. Students with on-campus housing will move directly into their permanent dorm rooms for the semester on August 17 (Drumline and Guard) and August 18 (woodwinds and brass). Meals will be provided for all students in the band until August 20, at which time students with meal plans will have access to the dining hall.
The IUP Marching Band provides entertainment at home football games.
The band incorporates music which achieves depth and originality in addition to immediate appeal. The unique drill, step style and precision, choreography, and the flag and rifle work accent the music.
The music sets a standard of excellence that is achieved and maintained with discipline and a well-planned training program. It is achieved, most importantly, by talented band members.
Below are common questions students have regarding joining and participating in Marching Band.
Membership is based upon audition. New and old members are required to audition each year.
If you play a wind instrument, auditions for the fall 2019 season are scheduled for Friday, August 16. Students needing housing will register for auditions from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. in Cogswell Hall. The auditions will start at 3:00 p.m. You will be asked play some of the music for the first show. You should also be prepared to sight-read and/or play scales. Results are posted no later than 6:30 p.m. Those interested in joining the Drumline or Colorguard should plan to arrive between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14. Drumline and Colorguard members will move into permanent housing upon arrival on August 14.
Music for the first show will be available online by July 4.
Fill out the
online application. This also pertains to returning members. More information will be mailed to you in the summer upon request. If you have any questions pertaining to the Drumline, contact Drumline section leader Aaron Kingan at email@example.com. Students interested in the color guard should contact either of the guard captains—Lesley Brightwell, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Band Camp begins August 17, the day after auditions, and lasts until noon on August 25. Each day begins at 8:00 a.m. and finishes by 10:00 p.m. Housing and meals are provided until university meal plans take effect. For those who do not pass the audition process and live a good distance away, housing will still be provided and meals may be purchased at the dining hall for a reasonable cost.
Most of the members bring enough for the week and make arrangements to get more at a later time. Thursday night rehearsal is open for all parents, friends, and alumni. This is another opportunity to visit band members, bring them more clothes, and observe what the band has accomplished throughout the week.
Instruments are provided for each member. Anyone wishing to use their own personal instrument during the season may do so with the understanding that any repair costs incurred will be your own responsibility. Uniforms are also provided; however, you are responsible for purchasing full-length white socks and white marching band shoes and WHITE gloves. Guard members should purchase black shoes. All shoes and gloves should be purchased well in advance of Band Camp, since the first performance on September 17.
Everyone involved with the Marching Band must be enrolled in the course MU125. This course is listed in the scheduling booklet under Music Department. Section 001 is worth one credit and section 011 is worth zero credits. Only students registered for 15 or more credits will be allowed to sign up for section 011. Registration may be done prior to auditions. You are advised to schedule the course now, despite any uncertainties. The course can be easily dropped from your schedule if the audition is not successful.
When classes begin, the Marching Band rehearses Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings from 5:25 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. Also, when there is a home football game, the band may rehearse Saturday mornings. The IUP Marching Band performs at various high school festivals, pro football games, and other special events. There is no doubt that the schedule is demanding and requires full commitment to all rehearsals and performances. Exceptions such as immediate family weddings or similar situations are to be discussed prior to your audition.
That is up to the student. We find that those students involved in the Marching Band do have a very successful college experience academically and socially. Being involved in an organization with such a high standard and reputation gives the student an opportunity to work with colleagues and mentors in and out of their field. The experience is valuable and worthwhile.
As far as keeping a respectable grade point average, most members find their GPAs higher in the Fall semester than in the Spring. Hard to believe? Well, when you have a demanding schedule and know that you have an assignment due or an exam to study for, you must accomplish it during what free time you do have. It is up to each individual student. If he/she/they uses the time wisely, they will have a successful and beneficial experience.