The “Spirit of Northwestern” Marching Band is a focal point of pride at athletic events, in parades and at other University functions throughout the year. On the street or on the field, their regal purple and white uniforms reflect the class and spirit of one of the South’s oldest and finest educational institutions. Music and marching formations are a unique blend of traditional and contemporary styles. The development of leadership skills through excellence in musical performance, marching performance, scholastic achievement and social opportunity is merely one of the fringe benefits of membership. Band members have consistently won recognition on campus, are active in many campus organizations, and have traditionally had the highest grade point average among campus organizations.
Our ‘SON’ Marching Band boasts well over 300 members annually. Membership in the “Spirit of Northwestern” is open to all students, regardless of major. Approximately 60% of the members are not music majors. Other university bands open to membership are the Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band, and numerous chamber groups.
Open to University students by audition and with the prior approval of the Conductor. The Wind Symphony meets both in the fall and spring semesters and rehearses MWF, 12:00 to 1:50PM. This ensemble presents several concerts on campus, as well as often performs off-campus at conferences, on tour at high schools, and around the globe. The Wind Symphony was selected to perform at the 2019 World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) in Buñol, Spain and hosted and performed at the 2020 College Band Directors National Association/National Band Association Southern Division Conference.
Open to University students by audition and with the prior approval of the conductor. The Wind Ensemble rehearses MWF, 3:30 to 5:20PM, and presents several concerts on campus during the spring semester. The Wind Ensemble participated in a presentation given by Allan McMurray at the 2020 College Band Directors National Association/National Band Association Southern Division Conference.
Magale Concert Band
Open to University students by audition and with the prior approval of the Conductor. The Symphony Band rehearses TR, 2:00 to 3:30PM and presents several concerts on campus during the spring semester.
Fredericks Concert Band
Open to University students by audition and with the prior approval of the Conductor. The Symphony Band rehearses TR, 3:45 to 5:20PM and presents several concerts on campus during the spring semester.
Open to University students by audition and with the prior approval of the Conductor. Members of the Jazz Ensemble are required to adhere to all attendance, performance and conduct rules of the University Bands.
Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band
Open to University students by audition and with the prior approval of the Director. Spirit of Northwestern rehearsals are held on MWF, 3:30 to 5:20PM. During the fall semester, band students should also enroll in MUS 1300-45N (Pep Band) to receive credit for pre-school rehearsals.
Open to University students by audition and with the prior approval of the Conductor. Members of the Pep Band are required to attend all NSU Men’s and Women’s Basketball games and rehearsals as announced by the Conductor.
NSU Audition Information
NSU Audition Information for 2021-2022
I am so pleased to hear that you are interested in the colorguard at Northwestern State University. Our Demon Heat Colorguard is an active part of the Spirit of Northwestern marching band, and select members represent the university in winterguard competitions throughout the spring semester. Scholarships are available for both marching band and winterguard.
Auditions for the Demon Heat colorguard will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Registration is on site the day of the audition.
Saturday, April 24, 2021
326 Caspari Street
Audition candidates are not expected to prepare a routine of their own. We teach a movement combination as well as a flag combination that day, then we assess candidates based on their learning ability and both technical and expressive performance of those two combinations. There is not a separate weapon audition at that time-we select our weapon line from students who are on the team in August during band camp. Candidates should wear basic black fitted dance clothes.
Individual auditions prior to the full team auditions are available upon request for a variety of situations that render a candidate unable to attend our full team auditions. To be considered, candidates should electronically submit a video demonstrating 1) a movement phrase, 2) flag basics including a minimum of drop spins, carves, vertical tosses, and pitch tosses, and 3) a flag phrase set to music demonstrating rhythmic proficiency, expressive qualities, and a combination of flag and body in tandem. Videos or video links should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarships begin at $1000 per semester, and 100% of performers who make our team are given at least the minimum scholarship. We also provide out-of-state tuition fee waivers for all colorguard members not from Louisiana.
If you have any additional questions, I can be reached via text or call at 817-965-4935 or via email at email@example.com.
Thanks! And GO DEMONS!!
Dr. Estelle Gravois Murr
Demon Heat Coordinator
For More Information:
Mr. Dan McDonald
Interim Director of Bands
Office: Bldg. 025A–Rm. 112A
Dr. Oliver Molina
Assistant Director of Bands
Office: Bldg. 025A–Rm. 120
Dr. Estelle Gravois-Murr
Director of Demon Heat Colorguard
Mr. Michael Lomeka, MFA
Director of Demon Dazzler Danceline
Office: CAPA – Theatre, Rm. 109
Dr. Jeffrey Mathews
Director of Wind Ensemble
Office: Bldg. 025A–Rm. 112B
Mr. Kenneth Green
Associate Professor of Percussion
Associate Director of Bands
Office: Bldg. 025A–Rm. 114B
Bldg. 025A-Rm. 110