How Do I Join?

Welcome to our Audition webpage! Here, you will find answers to most questions about auditioning for any part of the Famous Maroon Band Program. Information found on this page includes:

Scholarship Audition Dates / Information

Contact the Band Office at 662-325-2713 to schedule your audition.

  • Friday, January 26, 2018 (for students attending the MSU Honor Band Clinic)
  • Saturday, February 17, 2018 (also the preferred audition date for students majoring in music or music education)
  • Saturday, March 17, 2018
  • Weekday auditions are available by appointment from January–May

Brass & Woodwind Scholarship Audition Requirements

  • 5 major scales (Student's choice. 2 octaves where appropriate.)
  • A chromatic scale
  • A 1-2 minute prepared piece that demonstrates your best qualities as a musician
  • Sight reading

Percussion Scholarship Audition Requirements

Percussionists are encouraged to audition on multiple instruments, but this is not required.

  • Snare Drum
    • 5 rudiments (Student's choice. Open-Closed-Open)
    • Long Roll
    • A 1-2 minute prepared piece (on concert or marching snare) that demonstrates your best qualities as a musician
    • Sight reading
  • Mallet Percussion
    • Same as Brass & Woodwind requirements
  • Timpani
    • Etude or solo
  • Percussionists must also be placed successfully on the drumline to receive a scholarship award. See below.

Drumline Auditions

  • Saturday, May 5, 2018. Click here for the audition information and requirements.

Auxiliary Auditions

  • Saturday, April 21, 2018. Click here for more information.
  • Students must be admitted to MSU at the time of the audition. Visit the admissions website to apply online.


If you have any questions about auditioning for the Famous Maroon Band, please contact the band office at 662-325-2713 or submit an online message to us.