University of Charleston

Whether your style is funk or jazz, you prefer a bit of swing, or your passion lies in performing in front of the crowd at half time, we offer several options as an outlet for your musical side.

 

UC Bands are open to any student through an audition process and provide many opportunities to perform, learn, improve and enjoy. There are three band options available.

Marching/Pep Band

The UC Marching Band represents the University through athletic and community events with a high level of performance. Students perform in a variety of sections such as winds, drumline, color guard and twirlers. Students explore modern corps style drills, a variety of musical repertoires and embrace UC traditions.

 

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble is a concert ensemble for advanced woodwinds, brass, and percussion performers who entertain and expose audiences to contemporary, historic and popular repertoire of the modern wind band. This ensemble has two to four performances throughout the semester.

Performers are expected to elevate their instrumental and performance skills, develop an advanced understanding of the performance process, and establish emotional connections between themselves, the ensemble and our audience.

 

UC Jazz Orchestra

The UC Jazz Orchestra is a modern big band committed to performing classic jazz literature to modern styles such as Latin, Funk and Rock. This ensemble has two to four performances throughout the semester.

Performers are expected to elevate their instrumental and performance skills, develop an advanced understanding of the performance process, and establish emotional connections between themselves, the ensemble and our audience.

Scholarship Auditions

You can earn a scholarship by auditioning and being accepted into the band. To set up an audition, contact the Director of University Bands.

Auditions are scheduled in 15-30 minute time frames. During the audition, you will demonstrate your ability with:

  • 4 Major Scales from the Circle of 5ths, as many octaves as you know
  • Woodwinds, Brass and Double Bass – Two Octaves
  • Violin, Viola, and Cello – Three Octaves
  • Percussion – Two to Three Octaves
  • Part of a standard solo or etude (technical and lyrical – your choice)
  • Prepared excerpt provided by UC
  • Basic sight reading (provided at the time of audition)

 

Percussion students should perform a 2-3 minute solo or etude of their choice on three of the following:

  • Snare drum
  • Timpani
  • Marimba or xylophone
  • Drum Set – demonstrate swing, rock, bossa nova, shuffle and jazz waltz (Students who wish to be considered for Jazz Orchestra or Pep Band only)

 

Ask your band director, private lesson teacher or email our Director of University Bands for suggestions if you are unsure what to select. Solos/etudes can be something recently performed at a Solo & Ensemble Festival or a piece that you are studying.

Students who live more than 250 miles from an audition site may submit a video audition. Each audition is to be recorded and uploaded to YouTube and the link submitted to the Director of University Bands. (Contact us for directions.)

You may also choose to take the Music Theory Exam and Proficiency Test to strengthen your scholarship candidacy.

John Christian

Director of University Bands