About The Band
The LSU Tiger Marching Band, or "The Golden Band From Tigerland", is the largest and most visible single organization on campus with a closed membership of 325 students. Recognized nationally for its outstanding achievements by the John Philip Sousa Foundation in 2002, the Tiger Band is comprised of students from all over the LSU campus. Even though Tiger Band members display a wealth of musical talent, we desire players who possess a strong sense of dedication and pride in their work. Approximately 80% of Tiger Band members are majoring outside of music.
Tiger Band is an accredited one-hour course that meets from 3:50 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Home game Saturdays require additional rehearsal time and attendance at the football game. All members also attend full-band away games, including bowl games. Participation in Tiger Band involves less time than most high school band rehearsals.
All students selected for membership in the LSU Tiger Marching Band, including Colorguard and Golden Girls, receive a $1,000 service award stipend and must be registered as full-time students in the fall semester (12 semester hours) with a minimum 2.0 GPA in order to participate. There are no fees required for membership, and the University pays for all road trips and most uniform costs. Most of the instruments for Tiger Band are available for use at no cost to the student.
The Tiger Marching Band is under the direction of Dr. Kelvin Jones, Interim Associate Director of Bands, and Cliff Croomes, Interim Assistant Director of Bands.
There are two rounds of auditions for new wind players. Round One consists of a multi-faceted audition day on the LSU campus with Q/A sessions, brief instruction, and an individual musical audition. Multiple dates are available throughout the spring and early summer, but you only need to attend one. For the audition itself, you will be asked to play your full range chromatic scale, an excerpt of your choice (e.g. an audition etude for All-State or similar ensembles), and a piece we will give you to sightread.
At the end of the first-round auditions, we will determine if we will invite you to Round Two, the Tiger Band Camp, an immersive week-long training camp held just prior to the start of classes in August. During this camp, we will teach you our two marching styles for halftime shows and the pregame show, practice drill, and learn school songs. We will evaluate your marching and playing throughout the camp, and determine the final 325-member roster of the Tiger Band through rounds of cuts at the end of the camp.
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Percussionists do not need to schedule an individual audition to become a part of the Tiger Band, but instead will participate in a single audition just prior to Tiger Band Camp. Leading up to this audition will be approximately 4 percussion camps that will take place at various points throughout the summer. While they are not required, they are encouraged for students who wish to be part of the drumline. At these camps, the drumline technique, warm-ups, and cadences will be taught. Students will receive instruction from the LSU Drumline student staff to better prepare themselves for the official audition.
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Colorguard & Golden Girls
Golden Girls and Colorguard auditions take place in April. There will be approximately four camps that will take place between January and March where students will be prepared for their audition. At these camps, students will be taught by the staff/student staff the basic routines and material pertinent for the audition.