Meet the

COUGAR MARCHING BAND

For over a century, the Cougar Marching Band, an essential part of the tradition and atmosphere of BYU athletics, has captivated audiences with the excitement and pageantry of spectacular pre-game and halftime performances they bring to LaVell Edwards Stadium and through national TV performances.  Consisting of 225 dedicated musicians from all over the United States and the world, the Cougar Band takes its nickname, “The Power the Wasatch”, from the Wasatch mountain range, a stretch of the Rocky Mountains passing through Provo and providing the beautiful backdrop for BYU’s campus.  The BYU Cougar Marching Band also features a dynamic and highly accomplished Drumline Battery and an excellent Color Guard and Flag/Rifle Line.

Requirements

Prerequisites

Audition or Director’s consent

Participation in band camp the week before Fall semester begins

NO prior marching experience required.

Audition Dates

Auditions are complete through mp3/video submission from April 15 – May 1 each year. Additional auditions will be accepted until the band is completely staffed. Following completion of an Intent to Audition form, the audition materials packet is emailed to interested individuals at the beginning of March. After the beginning of March, this packet will continue to be emailed out as new Intent to Audition forms for the upcoming season are received.
Students will be notified on whether or not they have been accepted after May 15.

Class Information

Course Number

Credit Hours

Rehearsal Schedule

Location

MUSIC 323R

1 credit hour

Tues, Thurs, & Fri.

4:10 – 6:00 PM

LaVell Edwards Stadium

Mission Deferments & Talent Awards

Mission Deferment

Students who are preparing to serve an LDS mission are invited to complete the audition process before departing and while your playing abilities are still prime.  We will retain your audition recording and review them for the first marching band season after returning from a mission.

Talent/Service Awards

Available to all members of the Cougar Marching Band.  These awards begin at $600 for the Fall semester with increasing amounts determined by ability, instrumentation needs, prior service, and leadership responsibilities.  Additional awards are given to members majoring in the School of Music, concurrently enrolled in Symphonic Band or Wind Symphony with the expectation that their enrollment in these concert bands continue into Winter semester.

Learning Outcomes

Student should be able to apply the musical principles of individual, section, and ensemble musical tone production, correct notes, rhythms and dynamics, balance and blend, and correct marching execution. Students should be able to demonstrate application of these principles by successfully performing college-level marching band repertoire in rehearsal and performances.

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