JSU Marching Southerners


Audition Information

Band scholarship auditions will be held during the spring semester. Anyone wishing to audition should fill out this online scholarship application. Scholarships are granted to both music majors and non-music majors, so everyone has a chance to audition.

Incoming Students

Instrumental (Brass, Woodwinds)

1.  Play two contrasting etudes (lyrical and technical) OR a Solo piece for your instrument.

2.  Follow your state’s scale requirements including arpeggios. (Minimum of two chromatically adjacent major scales).

3.  Chromatic Scale

4.  Sight-reading



  1. Perform a solo on the snare drum, timpani, and a mallet instrument.

  2. Be prepared to play all major scales (two octaves) including arpeggios.

  3. Be prepared to play any of the 40 PAS rudiments on the snare drum.

  4. Sight Reading on the snare, timpani, and a mallet instrument.

  5. OPTIONAL-Demonstrate a variety of styles on drumset (rock, funk, jazz, Latin, etc.).


The band scholarship audition may also serve as your audition for admission into the Department of Music. Formal admission into the Department of Music is required if you plan to major in Music or Music Education. For further information on admission into the Department of Music and for information on sample audition pieces, repertoire and requirements, please visit the JSU music department website at www.jsu.edu/music and click on the scholarships link.

Auditions for incoming students will be held on campus on February 4-5 and 11-12. Auditions are scheduled through the online scholarship application above.

For questions about the band scholarship audition process, please contact Sandy Duval at the University Bands Office (256) 782-5562. GOOD LUCK! We look forward to hearing you play.

Returning JSU Students

Returning JSU students will be required to submit a video audition.

Please prepare a (maximum of 2 minute) piece that displays your lyrical and technical playing ability.  If you choose to do excerpts from multiple pieces, please edit them into a single video.

In order to be considered for a scholarship, you MUST fill out the JSU online scholarship application above in addition to the submission form below.

2022 band scholarship audition videos are due February 12 by 11:59PM.

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