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Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band

Upcoming Events!

Come perform with the Spirit of Northwestern in our annual Young Performer’s Day and/or Classic on the Cane Marching Festival.

YOUNG PERFORMERS DAY

Thank you so much for your interest in our 2022 Young Performers Day!

Please click here to access the PDF which now has active links to the music When the Saints Go Marching In and our Pregame Sequence #2 that contains the NSU Fight Song. Students should plan to download those two files and print off for their use. For students who have options on a 1st part, 2nd part and possibly a 3rd part, please use your discretion as to what part you might be most comfortable (students who may not feel they contribute most in the upper register might wish to read 2nd or 3rd part, etc.)

We look forward to working with you and hosting you for one of the most exciting days of our fall semester.

Summer Camps 2022!

REGISTER HERE Click on the links below for more information on each camp: Colorguard Camps Drum Major & Leadership Camps Drumline Camp Percussion Camp

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.

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Concert Bands
Wind Symphony
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.

Wind Ensemble
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.

Jazz Band
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.

Pep Band
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.

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NSU Audition Information

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.

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Conductors

Mr. Dan McDonald
Assistant Director of Bands
Office: Bldg. 025A–Rm. 114A
Phone: 318-357-6722
Email: mcdonaldd@nsula.edu

Dr. Oliver Molina
Assistant Director of Bands
Office: Bldg. 025A–Rm. 120
Phone: 318-357-5989
Email: molinao@nsula.edu

Ms. Jena Elfer
Director of Demon Heat Colorguard
Email: elferj@nsula.edu

Mr. David Steele
Director of Demon Heat Colorguard
Email: steeled@nsula.edu

Anthony Pursell
Director of Bands
Office: Bldg. 025A-Rm.
Phone: 318-357-5825
Email: pursella@nsula.edu

Ms. Brandi Chasteen
Director of Demon Dazzler Danceline
Email: chasteenb@nsula.edu

If you are a high school or junior college band student looking for a truly outstanding college band with which to continue performing, now is the time to consider joining the “Spirit of Northwestern” Demon Marching Band! Please feel free to use the link below to request additional information.

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Horn Line Auditions
Auditions for membership in the “Spirit of Northwestern” may be arranged on an individual basis.   There are no set dates for auditions but students are encouraged to audition at the fall “N-Side View” (usually held in mid-November) or the spring “N-Side View” (usually held in early March).  Otherwise, auditions may be arranged on an individual basis by emailing Mr. Dan McDonald or Dr. Jeffrey Mathews

If you are planning on majoring in music, we prefer to arrange a “lesson” with the Northwestern State studio faculty member who is the professor of your instrument.  The faculty member will meet you for about 45 minutes to hear you play music that you have prepared and to explain the requirements for performing in his/her studio.  Students should be prepared to perform the etude or solo of their choice, as well as the 12-major scales and to sightread.

For future SON members who are majoring in an academic area other than music, a solo or etude that you feel demonstrates your finest performance is all that is required.  The playing of scales and sightreading is not a part of the audition process for non-music majors.

Band performance scholarships, as well as out-of-state fee waivers, are available to all students who qualify.  To receive the out-of-state fee wavier, students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA upon graduation from high school.

EXPENSES FOR MEMBERSHIP: All SON band members are expected to provide black marching band shoes, to purchase at least one set of “spirit socks” to be worn with the summer uniform and to pay an annual small “Social Fee” that provides soft drinks and food for some band parties.  Northwestern State University provides instruments and uniforms as well as paying for all transportation and meal expenses when the “Spirit of Northwestern” travels.

2021 NSU Drumline Auditions
Drumline audition clinics for the Fall 2021 season will be held on April 17 and May 1. The auditions will begin at 9:00 am in the NSU Band Room. All auditioning members are required to attend one of the the audition days but are encouraged to attend both dates. Register for the audition clinics here.

Audition materials can be found here.

Please Contact Dr. Oliver Molina at molinao@nsula.edu or 318-357-5989 for additional information.

Scholarships
Scholarships are available to all students who participate in the “Spirit of Northwestern.” Band scholarships amounts are based on an audition, high school achievement and letters of recommendation. Working with the Financial Aid office and the Office of Admissions, students may be eligible for additional help that would cover the majority of their college expenses. Out-of-state fee waivers are also available to students who maintain a 2.5 GPA. For more information, contact Dan McDonald, Interim Director of Bands, Oliver Molina, Assistant Director of Bands/Percussion, or Jeff Mathews, Director of Wind Ensemble.

2021 Demon Dazzler Auditions
Auditions for the 2021 “Demon Dazzlers” will be held on April 17, 2021 in the dance studio (Room 132) of the CAPA building at Northwestern State University. Please see Northwestern State Spirit Group Auditions page for more information. Please email Mr. Dan McDonald, or Mr. Michael Lomeka for immediate additional information.

Scholarships
Scholarships are available to all students who participate in the “Spirit of Northwestern.” Band scholarships amounts are based on an audition, high school achievement and letters of recommendation. Working with the Financial Aid office and the Office of Admissions, students may be eligible for additional help that would cover the majority of their college expenses. Out-of-state fee waivers are also available to students who maintain a 2.5 GPA. For more information, contact Dan McDonald, Interim Director of Bands, Oliver Molina, Assistant Director of Bands/Percussion, or Jeff Mathews, Director of Wind Ensemble.

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.