Tryout Information

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The Ohio State University Marching Band is an all-brass-and-percussion marching band. There are plenty of opportunities for woodwind players at Ohio State, though! Check out our Athletic Band program or other concert bands in the School of Music. 

All candidates that have not been members of the Marching Band in past years are required to attend Candidate Training Days. These days are meant to introduce new candidates to what will be expected during tryouts.

For additional practice on our music and marching fundamentals, we encourage you to attend Summer Sessions, our optional rehearsals that run from June through early August.

2017 Tryouts Registration

Registration for 2017 tryouts will open in early summer. Tryouts will be held in mid-August, with candidate training days being required for all who have not been members of The Ohio State University Marching Band before. Tryouts are open to all students eligible to register at Ohio State and those at Columbus State Community College and other area institutions eligible to register through the Higher Education Council of Columbus (HECC).

If you are planning on trying out for the Marching Band, we suggest you register for the class for the autumn 2017 semester, as it is easier to drop the class than adjusting an existing class schedule. The class number for marching band is MUSIC 2205.01 (or MUSIC 7205.01 for graduate students).

If you have not previously checked out an instrument for Summer Sessions, you will be able to check one out on your designated first day of tryouts.

General Tryout Information & 2017 Schedule

Auditions for The Ohio State University Marching Band take place over two days. All students who have not previously been members of the marching band are also required to attend “Candidate Days” — two days immediately before tryouts that are designed solely to prepare new candidates for their auditions.

Thursday, August 10: Squad leader tryouts, 9 a.m. to noon, 2-5 p.m.
Friday, August 11: Candidate Day 1 (for all who have not previously been members of the marching band), 2-5 p.m., 7-9 p.m. Registration will be open at the Band Center from noon-2 p.m. There will be an optional meeting for parents at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 12: Candidate Day 2, 9 a.m. to noon, 2-5 p.m.
Sunday, August 13: OSUMB Tryouts Day 1 for all candidates, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, August 14: OSUMB Tryouts Day 2 for all candidates, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 2016 band selected ~9 p.m.

Tryouts consist of two elements, each worth half of the total audition score: a music audition and a marching audition. Music auditions consist of scales (chromatic and major scales up to 4 sharps and 4 flats), prepared exercises, school songs, and sight-reading. Students are judged on tone quality, rhythmic accuracy, technical facility, articulation, stylistic interpretation, and overall musicianship and preparedness. Prepared music will be posted online prior to tryouts. Registered students may request school songs by emailing osumb@osu.edu. Marching auditions consist of the basic OSUMB marching fundamentals, 8-to-5 marching, and marching while playing.

Marching Fundamentals

Those trying out for The Ohio State University Marching Band will also need to know the fundamentals of our marching style.

Videos can be found on YouTube.

Fundamentals are also explained in the  OSUMB Marching Fundamentals Packet [pdf]

Tryout Music

For tryouts, candidates must have four songs memorized: Fight the Team, Buckeye Battle Cry, Hang On Sloopy and Down by the Ohio. Candidates must also perform the appropriate tryout sheet for their instrument, which contains musical exercises. The tryout sheet will be made available to those who have registered two weeks prior to tryouts. The tryout sheet does not need to be memorized.

Housing During Tryouts

For those with an on-campus housing contract for the 2017-2018 academic year, early move-in will be available. Details about pricing and reservation instructions will be available in early summer.

Rehearsal Schedule After Tryouts

For those that make the band, the hard work continues! Three-a-day rehearsals begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, August 15, and will continue through Friday, August 18.


[pdf] - Some links on this page are to Adobe .pdf files requiring the use of Adobe Reader. If you need these files in a more accessible format, please contact osumb@osu.edu.

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