Q: I am not a music major – can I participate in the bands?
Yes! Any full-time student at the University of Arkansas may participate in the bands. Students from almost every department and degree plan in the university are band members. There are music majors in the Razorback Marching Band, Hogwild Band, and concert bands, but most of the students in the UA Bands are not music majors.
Q: What is the time commitment for the Razorback Marching Band?
The Razorback Marching Band rehearses Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-5:45 and on Friday from 3:05 to 5:00.
Q: I have a class conflict – may I participate?
It is not uncommon for a student to have a required course that conflicts with our marching band rehearsal time. If you have a conflict, please contact the band office and we will try to work with your schedule to allow you to participate. All course conflicts are handled on an individual basis.
Q: Are scholarships available?
The University of Arkansas Bands Scholarship Program is generously supported by university administration and friends of the UA Bands. All band students who are eligible receive some type of financial aid since Fall, 2013.
Q: What is the cost?
There are no fees to participate in any of the UA Bands. Members of the Razorback Marching Bands are required to purchase a red t-shirt and black shorts (our “summer uniform”) and band shoes. There are no rental fees for the use of university-owned instruments and there are no fees for color guard members or twirlers.
Q: When is “Early Week?”
The 2015 Razorback Marching Band will begin with one week of rehearsals before the start of the Fall semester. Students that live on campus will be allowed to move in to their assigned rooms early and at no cost.
Q: Does the Razorback Marching Band travel?
Yes, away trips are one of the major benefits of membership in the Razorback Marching Band. The RMB travels to two games each season in Little Rock and to Dallas, TX for an overnight trip for the annual “Southwest Classic” game against Texas A&M in Cowboys Stadium. We also send small pep bands (optional for all members) to every away SEC game. All travel to away games and bowl games – including transportation, meals and lodging – is expense-paid for members of the RMB. Most recently, the RMB performed at the 2015 AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, TN, the 2014 Texas Bowl in NRG Stadium in Houston, TX, the 2011 BCS Allstate Sugar Bowl in the Superdome in New Orleans, LA, and the 2012 AT&T Cotton Bowl in Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, TX.
Q: How do I audition?
Auditions will begin for the 2016-2017 academic year in January 2016! Complete audition information is available under the Auditions link. Prospective students may schedule an audition for acceptance into the band program and a scholarship by contacting the UA Band office at (479) 575-4100 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to bring a copy of your audition music to share with the professor listening to your audition.