Woodwind/Brass Audition Information


Incoming (New) Non-Music Majors

Audition Dates / Times

 **You may audition on a concert or marching instrument. Please note that the LMB only marches piccolos and all accepted members must provide their own piccolo.

Those who are auditioning as a first time LMB member have the ability and are encouraged to audition in person. These auditions will be held on the Allendale Campus in the Haas Center for Performing Arts. Once you submit the "Online Woodwind/Brass Audition Form", you will be contacted by the Director of Athletic Bands, Dr. John Martin, to set up your exact audition time. The in-person audition dates are as follows:

  • Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 (2-5pm)
  • Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 (2-5pm)
  • Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 (2-5pm)
  • Sunday, Mar. 18, 2018 (2-5pm)
  • Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018 (10am-3pm)
  • Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018 (2-5pm)

If you are unable to attend any of the in-person audition dates, you have the ability to submit an audition video instead. Please note that the audition videos are due before May 1, 2018.

Preparation and Submission of Required Audition Music

The audition will consist of:

  • The "LMB Woodwind/Brass Audition Music" (total of 4 songs) posted below. Play each song, in order, and demonstrate correct tempos (see tempo for each song below), styles, articulations, dynamics, and observance all rests (short or extended). The music does not have to be memorized for the audition
  • Your Bb Concert Scale beginning with your lowest concert Bb and continuing as high as you can play without descending. Please play your Bb Concert Scale in half notes at a tempo of Quarter Note = 100

In-Person Auditions

  1. Fill out and submit the "Online Woodwind/Brass Audition Form". Select the desired day for your in-person audition
  2. Prepare the audition materials ahead of time
  3. Arrive at the Haas Center for Performing Arts approximately 30 minutes before your scheduled audition time. There will be a couple of practice rooms available for you to warm up in before your audition
  4. Perform your audition

Recorded Video Audition (due before May 1, 2018)

  1. Record one (1) "unlisted" Youtube video or other site (that does not require a password to view) that contains two (2) parts:
    • Facing the camera, play the "LMB Woodwind/Brass Audition Music" (total of 4 songs) posted below. The music does not have to be memorized for the audition video
    • Your Bb Concert Scale beginning with your lowest concert Bb and continuing as high as you can play without descending. Please play your Bb Concert Scale in half notes at a tempo of Quarter Note = 100
  2. Fill out and submit the "Online Woodwind/Brass Audition Form"
    • Select "Recorded Video Audition" for the audition date
    • Submit the link to the video at the bottom of the form

Audition Form Deadline

May 1

Online Woodwind/Brass Audition Form

To register for an audition day or submit your audition video after it has been uploaded, please click the button below.

Online Woodwind/Brass Audition Form

Notification of Acceptance
Notification of acceptance into the LMB and part assignments will be made on May 4th.

**All accepted members must register for MUS 107 (marching band). This is a one (1) credit class.
**Full-time students at area colleges/universities may audition. Accepted members not attending GVSU will have to pay $120 for a GVSU parking pass.


All LMB Returners

Preparation and Submission of Required Audition Music

 **You may audition on a concert or marching instrument. Please note that the LMB only marches piccolos and all accepted members must provide their own piccolo.

  1. Record one (1) "unlisted" Youtube video or other site (that does not require a password to view) that contains two (2) parts:
    • Facing the camera, play the "LMB Woodwind/Brass Audition Music" (total of 4 songs) posted below. The music does not have to be memorized for the audition video
    • Your Bb Concert Scale beginning with your lowest concert Bb and continuing as high as you can play without descending. Please play your Bb Concert Scale in half notes at a tempo of Quarter Note = 100
  2. Fill out and submit the "Online Woodwind/Brass Audition Form"
    • Select "You are auditioning as a returning LMB member"
    • Submit the link to the video at the bottom of the form

Audition Form Deadline

May 1

Online Woodwind/Brass Audition Form

After you have uploaded your video for viewing, please complete the "Online Woodwind/Brass Audition Form" by clicking the button below.

Online Woodwind/Brass Audition Form

Notification of Acceptance
Notification of acceptance into the LMB and part assignments will be made on May 4th.

**All accepted members must register for MUS 107 (marching band). This is a one (1) credit class.
**Full-time students at area colleges/universities may audition. Accepted members not attending GVSU will have to pay $120 for a GVSU parking pass.


Required LMB Woodwind/Brass Audition Music

*Any person auditioning on Piccolo, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, or Baritone may chose 1st or 2nd parts or upper/lower notes when divided.
*Part assignments will be made with the announcement of auditions results.

LMB Woodwind/Brass Audition Music Tempos:

  • Pregame A (half note=140)
  • Alma Mater (quarter note=88)
  • Pregame C (half note=104)
  • GVSU Fight Song (half note=140) 

Piccolo Clarinet Alto Saxophone Tenor Saxophone

Mellophone Trumpet 1 Trumpet 2 Trombone 

Treble Clef Baritone Bass Clef Baritone Sousaphone


Incoming (New) Music Majors

Those auditioning for entrance into the GVSU Music Department as music majors must schedule their audition through the Music Office. More information concerning dates and auditions can be found at www.gvsu.edu/music. Your audition will count as an audition for the Laker Marching Band.


**GVSU provides instruments ONLY for the following: Mellophone, Baritone, and Sousaphone.

If you would like to get more information about the Laker Marching Band, please contact the Band Office at (616) 331-2942 or at gvsulmb@gvsu.edu. Please leave a voicemail if your call is not answered!



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