The Spartan Marching Band is open to all university students by audition only. You must be regularly admitted to Michigan State University in order to audition; students enrolled at MSU through the Lifelong Education program are not eligible for participation. You do not need to be a music major to qualify for the Spartan Marching Band.
You may e-mail the Director of the Spartan Marching Band, Professor John Madden at email@example.com with any questions related to Spartan Marching Band auditions.
All auditions (regardless of section) must be confirmed through the MSU band office at (517) 355-7654. The SMB has scheduled several audition days for 2013. They are:
The instrumental audition should consist of one prepared selection involving contrasting styles (3 to 5 minutes in length). A piece that you might perform at a “Solo and Ensemble Festival” would be appropriate. You do not need an accompanist. Please also prepare your major scales up to 4 sharps and 4 flats. There will be brief sight-reading.
Auditions are Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM
“Out of state” instrumentalists (or those who can not attend the audition day) may submit a DVD (video and sound) of your solo material and scales. Mail DVD by June 8, 2013 to:
Professor John T. Madden
Director, Spartan Marching Band
118 School of Music
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1043
2013 MSU Drumline auditions will be held on Saturday, April 27, and Saturday, May 11, from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. More information can be found on the drumline website.
Questions about drumline auditions should be directed to Professor Jon Weber, MSU drumline instructor.
Auditions are Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Questions about Color Guard auditions should be directed to Mr. Orlando Suttles, Spartan Color Guard instructor.
Big Ten Flags
Auditions are Friday, May 10, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Big Ten Flag questions should be directed to section leader, Fame Tata (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If interested in this position, you must submit materials as follows.
Deadline: February 15, 2013
1. DVD of solo twirling performances. May be from field shows or indoor competition.
2. Cover letter, photo, and resume of twirling accomplishments.
Materials will be screened and candidates for the position will be invited to campus for an audition to be held on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Scholarship funding is available and candidate must be accepted to Michigan State University. Only select candidates will be invited to campus for the audition.
Questions: Contact Professor John Madden, Director, Spartan Marching Band. email@example.com or 517-355-7654
Send materials to:
Professor John Madden
333 W. Circle Drive
MSU College of Music room 116
East Lansing, MI 48824
Brass and Saxophone Music Majors
If you plan to be a music-major, your College of Music audition will satisfy for automatic membership in the Spartan Marching Band (except for percussionists). Feel free to call (517) 355-7654 to ask any questions related to this subject. Music majors will receive a letter from the Band Office in early May. If you would like to participate in the SMB as a music major, simply fill out the form in the early May mailing and return it to the MSU Band office. You will then be included in our July mailing for all new SMB members.
Flute, clarinet, oboe, and bassoon music majors must audition for the SMB, on your SMB instrument of choice. These instruments are not in the SMB instrumentation.
Directions and Audition Appointments
All auditions (regardless of section) must be confirmed through the MSU band office. Contact Charlene Wagner, SMB Administrative Assistant at (517) 355-7654 to secure an audition. Or, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Be sure to leave plenty of time for parking, as finding a spot can sometimes be difficult!
More questions about the audition process? Be sure to visit the SMB audition FAQ page.