“The Power of the Wasatch”
— Cougar Marching Band
Execution with energy; Entertainment with class
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 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. Marching Band rehearsals begin one week prior to Fall Semester. Here individuals learn fundamentals and prepare halftime and pre-game shows.
|MUSIC 323R||Fall Semester|
|Rehearsals:||4:10 PM – 6:00 PM Tuesday, Thursday, Friday LaVell Edwards Stadium|
Auditions are held April 15th – May 1st are completed through mp3/video submission online. Additional auditions will be accepted until the band is completely staffed. Following completion of the INTENT TO AUDITION FORM, the audition information 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.
|Mission Deferment Auditions:||Due to the recent Church policy changes in mission age, those students who are preparing to serve an LDS mission are invited to complete the audition process now while your playing abilities are still prime. To accommodate these age changes, we will retain your audition materials and process/review them for the first marching band season after returning from a full-time mission. Following completion of the INTENT TO AUDITION FORM, the audition information packet is emailed to interested individuals who marked the Mission Deferment Option on the form. The packet is usually emailed at the beginning of March.|
|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 Talent/Service Awards are given to Marching Band members for each of the following criteria: a) students majoring in the School of Music b) Concurrent enrollment in Symphonic Band or Wind Symphony with the expectation that their enrollment in these concert bands continue into the Winter Semester.|
The ROC Bands
The two ROC Bands are highly visible at both men’s and women’s basketball games. These bands begin with basketball season at the end of Fall Semester and continue into Winter Semester, generally ending with post-season tournament appearances. Both select groups are drawn from those participating in the concert and marching bands. Each member receives a financial award for their service.
Due to COVID-19, auditions for the ROC Bands will be held during mid-October. For more information and to submit an application, please visit /roc-band-auditions
Cougar Band (class name for ROC Band)
|MUSIC 324R||Winter Semester|
|Rehearsals:||4:10 PM – 6:00 PM Thursday LaVell Edwards Stadium|
|Auditions:||Auditions held in mid-October.|
|Talent/service awards:||Available to all members of the ROC Bands.|