Marching Hornets to Hold Online Auditions

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ASU’s Mighty Marching Hornets Band

By Timothy C. Ervin

When it comes to Alabama State University football games, the Mighty Marching Hornets Band is essential to the game day atmosphere. 

ASU’s Mighty Marching Hornets Band usually recruits new members for the fall season during the spring, but the coronavirus spread has changed the way the band will find new members.Band audition flyer

ASU Band Director, Dr. James Oliver said he is sending a call out to all incoming freshmen and transfer students to audition for the band online.

“We are asking all incoming students that are interested in the becoming members of the band to submit videos online,” Oliver said. “We want to be ready to go whenever we are cleared to start practice.”

All interested students will need to post their audition videos to YouTube and email the link to joliver@alasu.edu or eharris@alasu.edu.

The deadline for video auditions is June 30,2020.

Below are the audition requirements for incoming freshmen and transfer students:

All Brass and Woodwind Instrumentalists should be prepared to perform with proficiency:

  1. All Major Scales for memory: (C,F,Bb,Eb,Ab,Db,Gb B,E,A,D,G) in eighth notes, two octaves (where possible) at m.m.=120.
  2. Chromatic Scale from lowest pitch up to a minimum of two octaves.
  3. Prepared piece (Solo or technical study/etude)

All Percussionists (Snare): 

  • Snare drum 26 Basic Rudiments
  • Prepared solo material for snare drum
  • All other percussionist must audition during Predrill Band Camp