Scholarship Information


Each year, Purdue Bands & Orchestras awards over $250,000 in scholarship support. With a department of 1000+ students, we want to be sure no student is denied the opportunity to continue playing and performing at the collegiate level.

Incoming freshman instrumentalists have the opportunity to audition for the Leath Scholarship in February.

Upperclassmen (sophomores-seniors) apply for scholarships via an online application form each semester.  Selection is determined by the faculty. This opportunity is open to every student who is enrolled in one of our classes at the time applications are due.

Leath Scholarship

Incoming freshman instrumentalists will have the opportunity to audition virtually for the Leath Scholarship. The Leath Scholarship is an all-virtual audition. All video audition submissions will be due by Friday, February 26th, 2021 at 11:59 PM. For more information regarding video submissions, see below.

This scholarship opportunity is open to instrumentalists only. Auditions for pianists are strictly limited to jazz piano.

Members of the faculty will review all auditions and select recipients. All scholarship offers will be made on or near April 1. Approximately 25-30 students will receive a one-time scholarship gift (maximum of $1,500 for in-state recipients and $2,500 for out-of-state recipients.)

Deadline to Apply is January 31st, 2021:

Audition Material Information:

  • Jazz Auditions: Students wishing to audition as a jazz instrumentalist will need to prepare the following. Access the required etudes here and carefully read instructions. The password is “audition.”  
    • Jazz Trumpet, Saxophone, Trombone Instructions:
      • Play through the entire required etude with the accompaniment recording, playing the etude as written the first time and improvising using the chord changes the second time.
      • Play scale requirement on the second page.
    • Jazz Piano, Guitar, Vibe Instructions:
      • Play a short prepared piece of your choice to demonstrate your skill level.
      • You should also play the following required etude as written with the accompaniment track the first time through and improvise over the changes the 2nd time through.
    • Jazz Bass Instructions:
      • For either String or Electric bass play a short piece of your choice to demonstrate your skill level. 
      • You should also play the following required etude with the accompaniment track as written the first time and with a walking bass line the second time following the chord changes.
    • Jazz Drums Instructions:
      • Play 8 bars of the following time feels:
        • Medium Swing
        • Fast Swing
        • Bossa
        • Samba
        • Funk or Hip Hop
      • You should also play the following required etude as written the first time, then trading fours the second time.
  • Concert Band & Orchestra Auditions:
    • Students wishing to audition as a classical instrumentalist should prepare an advanced, professional level solo piece, without accompaniment. Your piece should be a few minutes, showing contrasting styles. You may make any necessary cuts. Please direct questions regarding what would be considered suitable advanced repertoire to your private teacher or band/orchestra director.
    • Concert Band instrumentalists should also prepare two, two octave major scales.
    • Violin players should choose two from A, C, or E-flat major
    • Viola/Cello players should choose two from D, F, or A major
    • Bass players should choose two from E, F, or G major. Three octaves, ascending and descending.
  • Can I audition for Jazz and Concert/Orchestra?
    • If you would like to audition as a jazz and classical instrumentalist, you may prepare for both auditions.
    • You will be required to submit 2 separate audition videos. Please answer the appropriate questions in each video submission, since different directors will be reviewing each submission.

Virtual Auditions:

  • All video audition submissions will be due by Friday, February 26th, 2020 at 11:59 PM to Recruitment & Communications Specialist, Caitlin (caitlin@purdue.edu).
  • All video submissions must be unlisted YouTube links. Links via Dropbox or mp4/audio attachments will not be accepted.

Please include the following in your Video Audition, before you begin to play:

  • Name
  • Instrument
  • Hometown/State
  • Have you been accepted to Purdue?
  • Have you accepted your admit to Purdue?
  • Name and composer of the piece you are playing

Tips for a Successful Video Audition:

  • Focus on sound quality of the recording space. We recognize everyone is limited with where they can record, but try to choose a space in the house that will be conducive, and do a few audio tests to make sure your sound is clear.
  • Check the lighting in your recording space to be certain you are visible and not obstructed by shadows or bright light.

Questions? Email Caitlin (caitlin@purdue.edu).


Thank you to our donors!

Al & Gladys Wright Hall of Fame Award
Bill and Gail Cordier Scholarship
Bill Moffit Awesome Band Member Scholarship
Black & Gold Legacy Scholarship
Bob and Trudy Hull Band Scholarship
Carlyle and Louann Sims Purdue “All-American” Marching Band Scholarship
Carolyn Gephart Oboe Scholarship
Chameleon Jazz Band Scholarship
Charles Hass Memorial Scholarship
Charles and Anna Mae Miller Band Scholarship
Concert Band Scholarship
David Foertsch Memorial Brass Award
David M. Martin Band Scholarship
David and Ashlea Varca Principal Cello Scholarship
Dingledine Twirling Line Scholarship
Emery Steiner Memorial Scholarship
Gordon and Carole Mallett Orchestra Scholarship
Hagle Scholars
Herb & Janice Wilson Band Student in Engineering Scholarship
Howard Family Big Bass Drum Scholarship
Jesse O. Ballard Band Scholarship
Joe & Kathleen Berger Jazz Band Scholarship
John W. Dudley Sousaphone/Tuba Scholarship
John W. Ryan Scholarship
Dr. Judith Pounds Sindlinger Band Scholarship
June & Jerry Lauer Golden Girl Scholarship
Karen Steinhoff Price Memorial Scholarship
Kohl Chief of Staff Scholarship
Lillian & R.B. Stewart Award of Musical Excellence
Lisa Todd Girl-in-Black Scholarship
Lynn Michelle LeMay Memorial Flute Award
Martin-Dodd Jazz Band Scholarship
Maxine Lefever “All-American” Percussionist Award
Mike Allen Drum Major Scholarship
Molly Barber Memorial Band Scholarship
Morikis Family Percussion Leadership Scholarship
Paul “Spotts” Emrick Award
Paul Towner Outstanding Trombonist Award
Pauline & Suzanne Wiscaver-Alston Scholarship
Purdue Orchestra Scholarship
R. Owen Severance Scholarship
Richard & Connie Grade Award of Honor
Rick Wunder Memorial Scholarship
Robert & Trudy Hull Band Scholarship
Robert H. Booth Memorial Scholarship
Silver Twins Scholarship
Stephen A. Moyer Marching Band Scholarship
Threatt Marching Band Scholarship
Tom Riley Principal Trumpet Scholarship
Tom Miller “All-American” Marching Band Scholarship
Vanessa Dingledine Twirling Scholarship
Wilson Student Leader Band Scholarship

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