“All-American” Marching Band Audition Information

  • Band Camp 2019 Dates:  August 11th-17th, 2019
  • Access audition etudes. Please email bandsinfo@purdue.edu for the password. Openings for Piccolo, Clarinet, Alto and Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet, Mellophone, Baritone, Trombone, Tuba, Snare Drum, Multi-Tenor, Bass Drum, Cymbals, Big Ten Flags, and Big Bass Drum Crew.Brass and Woodwinds
    • How do I sign up for Band Camp?
    • When are music auditions?
      • Incoming freshmen woodwind and brass players: The music audition is a “Gateway” audition for any incoming brass or woodwind player interested in marching band.  Incoming brass and woodwind players will complete a Virtual Audition Submission. Once a successful music audition is complete, students will be notified shortly whether or not they are invited to complete the marching band audition process at Band Camp, August 11th-17th.
      • Once incoming woodwind and brass players are notified of music audition results, those NOT attending band camp will be immediately assigned to one of the Fall Concert Bands and are free to register for Boiler Gold Rush.
      • Some incoming brass and woodwind players may be required to REPLAY the music audition on the first day of band camp.
      • Upperclassmen: Returning brass and woodwind players will perform a music audition on Tuesday, August 13th.
    • When are marching auditions?
      • The entire week of band camp is part of the marching audition process. Band Camp for incoming woodwinds and brass players will be invitation-only based on the music audition.
      • Being invited to Band Camp does not guarantee placement in the marching band. Students will be notified whether or not they will march for the season by Friday of camp week. We do our best to place all non-marching students in an indoor ensemble.


    • Drumline auditions?
      • ALL drumline candidates will report to Band Camp for auditions.
      • There is an optional Tech Weekend in mid-July for more drumline assistance. Continue to check purduedrumline.com for more information later this spring.
    • How do I sign up for Auditions/Band Camp?
      • Upperclassmen Only – Registration Data Base coming soon.
      • Incoming freshmen woodwind and brass players Auditions take place during STAR. Register Here.
    • What should I prepare for my audition?
      • You are to prepare the following provided music in advance.
      • Access audition etudes. Please email bandsinfo@purdue.edu for the password to access the audition etudes. 
      • The entire week of band camp is part of the marching audition process for the Drumline as well.
    • What if I cannot attend Band Camp? Can I still audition?
      • Attendance is mandatory. All students auditioning for marching band are required to attend band camp.
      • Incoming brass and woodwind players along with ALL drumline and auxiliary students are required to report on Sunday, August 11th. All Upperclassmen woodwind and brass players will report Tuesday, August 13th If you are in DCI, you are still required to report on the designated date.
    • How do I enroll in Marching Band? 
      • Enroll with your academic advisor during STAR. Schedule BAND 11000-001. (There are two different sections of BAND 110 – you need to schedule the one that meets daily from 3:30-5:20 plus the linked Saturday time.)
  • Band Camp questions? Contact bandsinfo@purdue.edu.Drumline questions? Check out purduedrumline.com or contact Dr. Pamela Nave.CAN I AUDITION FOR MARCHING BAND AND A CONCERT BAND/ORCHESTRA/JAZZ BAND?
    • The answer is YES?
      • Any instrumentalist can audition for multiple ensembles during STAR.  See the concert band, wind ensemble, orchestra and jazz band audition information and come prepared to play 2 separate auditions during your STAR visit.


    • Boiler Gold Rush:
      • The Purdue “All-American” Marching Band provides a similar experience to Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) during the week of band camp, including presentations from important departments on campus, tours, and activities within your section.
      • Since Band Camp and BGR are the same week, please DO NOT SIGN UP FOR BGR IF YOU INTEND TO MARCH. You will not miss out by not attending BGR and will still acclimate to campus life and make plenty of new friends.
      • If you sign up for BGR and then decide to participate in band camp, you may request a full refund prior to July 31st, 2019. Contact studentsuccess@purdue.edu or (765) 494-9328 to determine if your circumstance qualifies.
        • Through July 31: Full refund of $320
        • Aug. 1 and later: No refund
    • Residence Hall Move-In:
      • Residence Hall move-in will be Friday, August 9 from 8:00 am-4:00 pm, Saturday, August 10 from 8:00 am- noon, and Sunday, August 11 from 8:00 am- noon. Sign-ups will take place in the Online Portal. When the online portal asks for a program, please select “Band Camp.” You will receive an email with instructions on how to sign up for a move-in time once the site opens in mid June. 
      • Cost per night is $22 for the room through Friday, August 16, 2019 when the academic year contract begins. This cost will be billed to your MyPurdue account.
      • Those who wish to eat in the residence halls will have to pay on a per meal basis (breakfast $7.50, lunch $11.50, and dinner $11.90). Dining halls will be closed on Tuesday – Dinner on your own. Most students eat off campus with their sections and stock their residence halls with breakfast items to save money.


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