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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 318-357-5989 for additional information.
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.