Audition Requirements

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Feeling nervous? Not sure of what to expect?

Please refer to the following mock audition videos performed by current MBB members to prepare for your Marching Bearcat Band Scholarship Audition. Your entire playing time should be less than 5 minutes and only 1 minute and 30 seconds if you are in guard.

While the requirements are similar, there are some slight differences when auditioning for entry into the Music Department as a Music Major or Minor.

Contact David Boggs at or (618) 537-6492 with all music audition or scholarship questions.

We expect ALL McKendree University Music Scholarship Applicants to:

  • Follow the McK Music Audition Guidelines as specified in the Audition Registration Confirmation Email

  • Be Prepared Musically

  • Dress and Perform Professionally


Marching Band Scholarship Audition- Trombone

Marching Band Scholarship Audition- Alto Saxophone

Marching Band Scholarship Audition- Tuba

Marching Band Scholarship Audition- Color Guard (Flag & Rifle)

Marching Band Scholarship Audition- Color Guard (Flag Only)

*Videos of current Winter Guard performances are also acceptable for color guard audition submissions as long as your individual placement is easily pinpointed within the performance.*



Required Music for Marching Band Scholarship Auditions:

Part 1: The Fight Song - "Our McKendree" Links



Clarinet 1

Clarinet 2

Alto Saxophone

Tenor Saxophone

Bari Saxophone

Trumpet 1

Trumpet 2

Mellophone (Horn in F)



Baritone/Euphonium (Bass Clef)

Tenor Drum

Bass Drum


Snare Drum

MP3 File


Parts 2 & 3: Prepared Etudes and Chosen Excerpts

  • Choose and perform ONE of the following etudes as well as ONE additional 16 bar excerpt from a piece of your choice.

  • If your instrument is NOT LISTED BELOW, you will perform TWO contrasting 16 bar excerpts (1 technical and 1 lyrical) from something you have studied in private lessons or worked on in band.

  • PERCUSSIONISTS are encouraged to perform their chosen excerpts on TWO different instruments (e.g. snare and drum set).

Concert Etudes



Alto Saxophone


Tenor Saxophone



Jazz Etudes

Alto Saxophone

Tenor Saxophone



Full Score