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 pm and Friday from 3:05 - 5:00 pm.
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?
Students in the Razorback Marching Band will have minimal costs for participation in the band beyond the cost of the credit hour to enroll in the class. Members will have additional costs for items such as the purchase of marching shoes and ear protection. These costs are generally under $100. As the costs of these items change from year to year, a student will be given a detailed list of costs once they have been accepted into the band. Students will also be responsible for their own meals during Early Week.
Q: When is “Early Week?”
The 2020 Razorback Marching Band will begin with one week of rehearsals that will start on Friday August 14, 2020. Classes for the Fall semester begin on Monday August 24, 2020. Students that live on campus will be allowed to move in to their assigned rooms early.
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, and the 2017 Belk Bowl in Charlotte, NC.
Q: Do I need to own my own instrument?
Students that play clarinet, alto saxophone, and trumpet in the Razorback Marching Band are expected to use their own instruments. The Razorback Marching Band will provide piccolos, mellophones, trombones, marching baritones, and Tubas as well as percussion equipment for members. University Bands does own a limited inventory of clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, and trombones. These instruments are available on a first-come-first-serve basis at no cost to the student.
Q: How do I audition?
Auditions for the 2020-2021 academic year will begin in January 2020. Prospective students may schedule an audition for acceptance into the band program and a scholarship by requesting an audition HERE. If there are further questions, contact the UA Band office at (479) 575-4100 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: What do I need to prepare for my audition?
For Woodwind and Brass instrumentalists, auditions for the Razorback Marching Band should consist of 5-7 minutes of prepared music. These should be two contrasting excerpts. Selections should be solo repertoire or etudes of an all-region/all-state etude type. Students will also be expected to perform major scales and sight reading. Students should bring 2 copies of the music they are performing for the adjudicators.
Students should be prepared to play two separate auditions. The preliminary audition will take place during the scheduled non-music major audition dates. For the preliminary audition students should prepare either their All-State or All-Region audition material or appropriate solo literature that will showcase their technical and musical skills. Out of state students may audition via video (DVD or private YouTube video) although a live audition is preferred. For the preliminary audition, it is highly encouraged that students perform on as many of the instruments listed below as possible. This gives you the highest scholarship consideration.
The Preliminary Audition will consist of scales, rudiments and sight-reading, and prepared solos on all of the following instruments: Concert Snare Drum, Marimba (four mallet solos encouraged but not required), and Timpani.
The Second Round Audition will be held Sunday, March 15th, on the University of Arkansas Campus in Fayetteville. Following the Preliminary Audition students will receive information regarding how to access the audition materials for the Second Round Audition from the band’s web site.