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.
This year, our “SON” Demon Marching Band boasts a total membership of 309. 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.
The Alumni Band was originally formed back in the 1970’s and was called the “Old Timer’s Band”. Over the years the Alumni Band disappeared, then re-emerged in 1990, when some alumni members got together to form an organization that would support the “Spirit of Northwestern” through scholarships. This band did not perform at any games and lived only a couple of years.
Open to University students by audition and with the prior approval of the Conductor. The Spring Wind Symphony rehearses MWF, 12:00 to 1:50, presents several concerts on campus, as well as a tour of area high schools during the semester. In addition, the Wind Symphony participates in the NSU Conductor’s Conference in March. The Wind Symphony frequently performs for the NSU Commencement Ceremony.
Open to University students by audition and with the prior approval of the conductor. The Wind Ensemble rehearses MWF, 3:00 to 4:50 p.m., presents several concerts on campus, and participates in the NSU Conductor’s Conference in March. The Wind Ensemble frequently performs for the NSU Commencement Ceremony.
Magale Concert Band & Fredericks Concert Band
Open to University students by audition and with the prior approval of the Conductor. The Symphony Band rehearses TR, 2:00 to 3:50 p.m. and presents several concerts on campus during the 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, 3:00 to 4:50 p.m. 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
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, May 2, 2020. Registration is on site the day of the audition.
Saturday, May 2, 2020
Health and P.E. Majors Building
170 Tarlton Drive
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks! And GO DEMONS!!
Estelle Gravois Murr
Demon Heat Coordinator
Estelle Gravois Murr
For More Information:
Dr. Jeffrey Mathews
Director of Bands
Office: Bldg. 025A–Rm. 112B
Mr. Kenneth Green
Associate Professor of Percussion
Associate Director of Bands
Office: Bldg. 025A–Rm. 114B
Mr. Dan McDonald
Assistant Director of Bands
Office: Bldg. 025A–Rm. 114A
Mr. Oliver Molina
Assistant Director of Bands
Office: Bldg. 025A–Rm. 120
Demon Heat Colorguard Coordinator
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org