Common Questions about Joining the Marching Band

2018 Marching Band in the standsThe IUP Marching Band is open to all IUP students.

Auditions are held on woodwinds, brass, and drumline instruments as well as flags at the beginning of Band Camp. Band Camp starts approximately 10 days before the first day of classes. Room, board, and instruments are provided at no charge to all participants.

The IUP Marching Band provides classic entertainment not only on the football field, but at various festivals and contests as a guest exhibition band.

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.

How do I become a member of the IUP 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.

When will music for the first show be available?

Music for the first show will be available online by July 4.

Joining the IUP Marching Band

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 Students interested in the color guard should contact either of the guard captainsLesley Brightwell, at

When is Band Camp?

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.

Should I bring everything I will need for the semester to Band Camp?

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.

Does it cost anything to join the Marching Band?

Instruments are provided for each member. If you need an instrument for the audition, you may sign it out upon arrival for registration. 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.

How do I register for Marching Band?

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 18 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.

Is it advisable to march my freshman year, and how much time is involved?

When classes begin, the Marching Band rehearses Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings from 5:20 p.m. to 7:20 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.

Do these demands interfere with studying and classes?

That is up to the student. The Marching Band consists of more than 150 members and staff with almost every field of study represented. 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. When you are looking into a crowd of thousands of high school students standing and cheering while you play our traditional rendition of "Amazing Grace," all of the long hours and hard work becomes even more 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 uses the time wisely, they will have a successful and beneficial experience.