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OU Bands Audition Information

The OU Band department holds auditions for large ensembles and "The Pride of Oklahoma" marching band. When auditions are approaching, additional information will be available below.

Pride of Oklahoma Audition Information

Since 1904, "The Pride" has been an integral part of the campus culture and a catalyst
for university spirit. As the largest and most visible student group on campus, we have a
three-point mission:

  1. Serving our university as first-class ambassadors on and off the field.
  2. Supporting the Sooners with relentless energy! Win-or lose, rain or shine, the Pride never gives up on OUr team.
  3. Engaging and inspiring our fans through the highest quality performances our combined efforts can produce.

Expectations

Fall rehearsals are M/W/R/F from 4:30-6:30p. Drumline and Color Guard sectionals are on Tuesdays. Attendance is required at all rehearsals and performances. Class conflicts can often be resolved through advanced planning and communication and should not deter you from auditioning.

Participation Requirements

You must be a full-time student at the University of Oklahoma. Enrollment in one of the following course levels is required: MUTE 1070/3070/5070, Section 1 (University Marching Band). Pride of Oklahoma is a one-credit course.

Important Information for Everyone Auditioning

Please see the sections further down the page for area-specific information.

Pride of Oklahoma Music (and optional Non-Major Scholarship) Audition Dates scheduled for 2019:

  • April 5, 2019
  • May 17, 2019

Who needs to audition?

  • All students (incoming freshmen, transfer students, and returning Pride members) must audition each season.

Live audition or video submission?

  • Students are encouraged to visit campus on one of the listed audition dates to provide a live audition and meet our faculty and current students.
  • If travel to campus for a live audition is not possible, students may upload an audition video to YouTube on or before May 17.

Audition Results

Students will find out the following information by the end of May:

  1. Audition successful - Invited to Pride Audition Camp to perform a marching audition and earn a spot in the 2019 Pride of Oklahoma.
  2. Audition still under consideration, pending the conclusion of auditions, May 17.
  3. Audition unsuccessful - Student doesn’t demonstrate the musical fundamentals or preparation needed to succeed within the Pride of Oklahoma at this time.
  4. Results will be posted by the afternoon of May 22.

If I am invited to the Pride of Oklahoma Marching Audition Camp, does this mean I am a Pride of Oklahoma Member?

Yes! Provided you meet the listed requirements, once you have demonstrated that you play well enough to gainfully participate, you are a member of the 2019 Pride of Oklahoma! Marching positions are awarded based on marching ability assessed during Pride Camp.

Based on your marching audition, you will either be awarded a full-time position in the performance block or you will share a spot and alternate with another member. NOTE: If you are selected as an alternate, there will be additional opportunities to perform based on other students becoming ill, injured, or missing performances due to family weddings, birth, or other issues.

I’m a music major. May I audition for a non-major band scholarship as well?

No, as a music major, you are not eligible for non-major scholarship funds. When you audition for admission into the School of Music you will be considered for School of Music and Band scholarship funds earmarked specifically for music majors.

OU Band Scholarships

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for an OU Bands non-major scholarship! The OU Band awards non-major band scholarships to students majoring in fields other than music, who:

  • Demonstrate musical excellence on their instrument at a level that places the student among the top of all OU Band students
  • Participate in “The Pride of Oklahoma” Marching Band in the fall semesters of their collegiate career.
  • Participate in a large concert ensemble in the spring semesters of their collegiate career.

NOTE: Since our marching band instrumentation does not include double reeds, non-major double reed students perform in a large concert ensemble both semesters to fulfill their scholarship obligations.

Non-major band scholarships are awarded based on the student’s demonstrated musical abilities via audition, performance history and the current instrumentation needs of the band program.

Once a scholarship has been awarded, it will be retained by the student, provided the student is making satisfactory progress toward their degree and meet all requirements of their scholarship contract.

Additional requirements for non-major band scholarship consideration

Students should bring the items listed below to a live non-major scholarship audition:

Note: If you are submitting a non-major video audition, please e-mail the following items to Dr. Wolfe:

  1. A resume listing the students’ accomplishments in band and school; volunteer and work experience should be included as well.
  2. Two sealed letters of recommendation. One letter from your band director, and the other letter can be from a teacher, coach, employer, etc.

Email or mail to:

OU Bands Non-Major Scholarship Audition
Attn: Dr. Brian Wolfe
500 West Boyd, Suite 116
Norman, OK 73019

Questions? Contact Dr. Brian Wolfe, Audition Coordinator via email or at 405-325-3394.

Area Specific Audition Information

Pride of Oklahoma Woodwind and Brass Auditions

How Do I Register for Pride of Oklahoma Woodwind and Brass Auditions?

  1. Complete the registration form (using the button below). In the registration form, select a date for your audition, or if necessary, select the YouTube submission option.
  2. Watch your OU email for instructions on how to download your audition materials.
  3. Download the materials and prepare them by your audition date.

Register for a 2019 Pride of Oklahoma Audition

What is the structure of the Pride of Oklahoma Woodwind and Brass Auditions?

  • There are two phases of the audition process. You will perform a music audition, and if awarded a spot within the marching band, you will audition for your marching position during Band Camp in August.

What is included within the music audition?

  • Technique Packet (to be performed with a metronome as indicated within the audition packet):
    • Chromatic Scale
    • Major Scales
    • Two Contrasting Etudes
    • NOTE: For non-major music scholarship consideration, students must play an additional 30-seconds of technical or lyrical repertoire.

Woodwind and Brass Audition Questions?

Pride of Oklahoma Percussion Auditions

How Do I Register for Pride of Oklahoma Percussion Auditions?

  1. Complete the registration form (using the button below). In the registration form, select a date for your audition, or if necessary, select the YouTube submission option.
  2. Watch your OU email for instructions on how to download your audition materials.
  3. Download the materials and prepare them by your audition date.
  4. If you chose to audition for a non-major scholarship, you will select and prepare
    two excerpts (one snare/timpani and one keyboard) on your YouTube video submission (details below).

Register for a 2019 Pride of Oklahoma Audition

What is the structure of the Pride of Oklahoma Percussion Auditions?

  • There are three phases to the percussion audition process:
    1. Submit a music audition video by May 17.
    2. If invited, attend the percussion summer-camp in June.
    3. If invited, attend a marching audition during Pride Camp in August.

What is included within the music audition?

  • The audition packet contains all of the material for the Pride audition.
  • If you chose to audition for a non-major scholarship, that audition requires two contrasting concert percussion etudes selected by the student. See the packet for additional information. All-District, Region or State etudes are good choices of repertoire for this portion of your audition. You may also select excerpts from two contrasting solo movements if you wish. You should pick selections that allow you to demonstrate the breadth and depth of your musical ability, choose wisely!
    • 30-second technical excerpt of their choosing (ex. snare drum, timpani)
    • 30-second lyrical excerpt of their choosing (ex. mallet piece)

Percussion Audition Questions?

Pride of Oklahoma Color Guard Auditions

Register for an Audition Date

Register for a 2019 Pride of Oklahoma Audition

Prepare Your Audition

  • Guard auditions will be held May 17
    • For those who are unable to attend the audition, a YouTube video submission will be accepted by May 17.
  • Spinning Audition Requirements
    1. Routine
    2. Review Basics (to be performed with marching at Pride Camp in August).
      1. Drop Spins
      2. Peggy Spins
      3. Single Toss
      4. Double Toss
      5. 45-Degree Toss
      6. Parallel Toss

Marching Audition

  1. All students who perform a successful spinning audition will be invited to the Pride of Oklahoma Band Camp in August.
  2. Based on your marching audition, you will either be awarded a full-time position in the performance block or you will share a spot and alternate with another member. Once you are invited to camp, you are a member of the Pride of Oklahoma Guard!

Color Guard Audition Questions?