Audition Information


Woodwinds & Brass

Woodwinds and Brass

Prospective students interested in joining the Marching Illini Woodwinds and Brass sections must complete a two-part audition process.  The first round is a playing audition.  If you are a music major and you have auditioned for the School of Music, you still need to set up an audition. All playing auditions begin in January and run through May.

The second round is a marching and playing audition that takes place during Preseason Camp in August.  A detailed schedule is posted on our website under Preseason Camp for all prospective members who are invited to Preseason Camp based on their first round audition.  All woodwinds, brass, and drumline members must memorize all traditional music for the second round and complete a marching audition during Preseason Camp.  On Thursday night of Preseason Camp, the Performance Block will be set and posted!

 

Audition Requirements for Woodwinds and Brass

  • Two one octave major scales of your choice
  • Chromatic scale––lowest note to highest note ascending only to demonstrate range
  • Prepare a solo or etude two-three minutes in length which demonstrates your technical and lyrical abilities
  • You may audition on your concert or marching instrument for this round
  • See the Video Auditions tab if you cannot make an on campus audition date

Drumline

Marching Illini Drumline

  • Drumline Clinics are not mandatory to attend but they are recommended
  • Prospective students interested in joining the Marching Illini Drumline must participate in our on-site audition day in April
  • You do not need to memorize these exercises or cadences however it is helpful – bring a copy with you to the clinics & audition
  • Prepare what instrument you would like to audition on even though you may be moved to another instrument for best ensemble results
  • Round 1 AUDITION: Individual Playing on excerpts of Long and SCV, 30 seconds of an individual prepared piece
  • Bass Drummers may use a simple snare solo that includes diddles and rolls
  • Cymbals will be evaluated on two portions of the cadences
  • Round 2 AUDITION: Full Ensemble playing of the exercises below along with marching technique
  • Check out more information on the Marching Illini Drumline, HERE

Audition Requirements for Drumline

Colorguard

Marching Illini Colorguard

Prospective students interested in joining the Marching Illini Colorguard must participate in our on-site audition day in April.  The Marching Illini Colorguard Audition Day will consist of technique, fundamentals, and learning the audition routine.  You will not be required to choreograph routines during the audition.  In addition, all materials, routines, music, and equipment will be taught by the MICG staff.  To check out more info on the Marching Illini Colorguard, click HERE

Audition Requirements for Colorguard

  • Be prepared to work on overall fundamentals and technique including drop spins, peggy spins, pop tosses, single, single and a half, double, and technique 45 tosses
  • Specific routines will be taught on the audition day.
  • Please make sure that you wear clothing that allows for movement and isn’t too loose on the body…wear proper footwear.
  • You do not need to bring your own flag and pole.  There will be some available
  • Bring proof of UI student status or acceptance into the University (acceptance letter or an I-card).
  • Bring a non-returnable photo of yourself.
  • You may participate in several Audition Practice Clinics throughout the spring semester to prepare for the Audition Day. No final decisions are made during these Auditions Practice Clinics and these are not required to make the team.
  • See the Video Auditions tab if you cannot make an on campus audition date

Illinettes

Illinettes Dance Team

Prospective students interested in joining the Illinettes Dance Team must participate in our on-site audition day in April.  The Illinettes Audition Day will consist of technique, fundamentals, and learning audition routines.  For more information on the Illinettes Dance Team, click HERE

Audition Requirements for Illinettes

  • Wear a black sports bra and black dance shorts ––if you wish to wear tights they must match your skin tone. Please wear proper dance footwear as well.
  • Come with your hair styled, fully down or half-up.  Make-up should be “performance ready” (eyeshadow, lipstick, blush, fake eyelashes, etc.)
  • Be prepared to work on overall fundamentals and technique consisting of flexibility, double & triple pirouettes, leaps consisting of regular, second, and reverse, calypso/capezio, fouette turns, and various other skills
  • Round One will consist of performing an original 1 minute routine prepared by each candidate as well as technique taught in the practice audition clinics
  • The Final Round will consist of a routine of pom, jazz, and hip hop taught by our captains, a Marching Technique portion, and an interview with the judging panel.
  • Bring proof of UI student status or acceptance into the University (acceptance letter or an I-card).
  • Bring a non-returnable photo of yourself.
  • Please note that if you make the team and the Illinettes attend the UDA camp, attendance during the summer is mandatory. This camp is paid for by the Marching Illini & Fighting Illini Athletic Bands.

Featured Twirler

Marching Illini Featured Twirler

The Marching Illini is seeking outstanding students with excellent baton twirling skills who seek to be a part of “The Nation’s Premier College Marching Band.” This student performs at all Illinois home football games with the Marching Illini and serves as a significant ambassador for the University. The Marching Illini Featured Twirler auditions comprise two rounds.  The first audition is a videotape submission and the second audition is a live audition on campus by invitation.  We are looking for candidates that are versatile and exciting!  Auditions take place on an annual basis and returning members must audition each year.If you are interested in auditioning for the feature twirler position, please follow the guidelines listed below.

Round One Twirler Audition Requirements

  • Apply to the University of Illinois
  • The first round audition is a video submission with a deadline of February 1
  • There is no required routine for this video submission
  • Include routines and performances that best represent your talents and demonstrate your potential to twirl at the collegiate level in a large stadium atmosphere
  • Include advanced skills [multiple illusions, 3+spins, walkovers, cartwheels, etc]
  • Include a resume along with all of your contact information (email, address, phone)
  • Videos should be shared electronically through dropbox with Prof. Barry Houser
  • Videos will be evaluated and from these results, candidates will be selected and invited to a second audition on campus per the audition schedule
  • Finalists will be notified by March 1 and invited to campus for an in-person audition and interview in April

Round Two Twirler Audition Requirements by Invitation Only

  • Prepare a 2-4 minute routine utilizing more than one piece of equipment choreographed to your choice of music.  Use multiple batons, hoops, etc.  Fire batons cannot be used.
  • This audition will either take place outside in the stadium or in the indoor practice facility.
  • Showmanship, speed, difficulty, poise and balance, variety, and performance will be evaluated.
  • A sound system will be provided for you.
  • You should be able to choreograph a short routine on the spot to a piece of music chosen by the panel of judges.
  • Finally an interview will take place with our panel of judges. As a significant ambassador for our program, personality, charisma, effective communication, and school spirit are musts!

Video Auditions

Video Audition Submissions

  • Students who are unable to make the scheduled audition dates may submit a video-taped audition in the areas of Woodwinds, Brass, Drumline, Guard, Illinettes and Twirlers
  • In the areas of Drumline, Guard, Illinettes, and Twirlers, it is our preference for you to be in attendance for the live audition. Those who submit a video will have less of a chance in making a spot in one of these sections typically
  • Woodwinds and Brass Video Auditions should include the candidate stating their full name, the instrument they are auditioning on, where they are from, playing 2 major scales, a chromatic scale demonstrating full range, and a prepared excerpt
  • Drumline Video Auditions should include the candidate stating their full name, the instrument they are auditioning on, where they are from, playing through the audition packet located online for their specific instrument
  • Guard Video Auditions: Please make sure that you wear clothing that allows for movement and isn’t too loose on the body.  For the audition video, start by introducing yourself, including your name, your age, and what year in school you will be for the upcoming season.  Please prepare and demonstrate a 30-60 second piece that displays your technical and performance abilities on flag
  • Illinettes Video Auditions should include the candidate stating their full name, where they are from, technique double and triple pirouette turns on the right, a jeté leap, a leap in second, a calypso (capezio) leap, and flexibility (ability to do both right and left splits, front and turned out battements on right and left), and turns in second. In addition, the candidate should include a solo routine that includes jazz, pom, and hiphop. Finally, the candidate should include a statement articulating why the candidate would like to be a member of the Illinettes Dance Team
  • Twirler Video Auditions are acceptable if an on-campus audition is not possible.  Performance tapes are acceptable if it is a solo performance and the video is of good quality.  Be certain that the video camera is framed so that both your hands and feet are visible at all times.

Instructions for Submitting a Marching Illini Video Audition

  • The Marching Illini prefers electronic submissions through drop box
  • Name the file with your last name, underscore, first name, underscore, instrument
    (Ex: Jones_Robert_Trumpet)
  • Share your video audition through dropbox with [email protected] no later than May 1; however if you are auditioning for the Drumline, Guard, or Illinettes, you must submit the video before the actual audition day on campus
  • If you choose to submit a DVD, please be certain your full name and instrument or section (and contact information) is on the DVD or DVD Label
  • Materials should be mailed by May 1 to:  University of Illinois Marching Illini, c/o Professor Barry L. Houser, Harding Band Building, 1103 South Sixth Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820
  • Remember to submit an on-line audition registration form if you have not done so already.
  • Upon receipt of your DVD, you will receive an email confirmation that your materials have arrived.