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Marching Band Auditions & Requirements

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Auditions for Music Majors

If you are planning on becoming a music major your audition to be accepted into your program can count as your audition to enter the Pride of Acadiana.

When you submit your School of Music Audition/Scholarship Application Form, be sure to check Marching Band in the Ensemble Interest section.

To find out about specific requirements for your instruments view the audition requirements for music majors.

Auditions for Non-Music Majors

UL Lafayette Pride of Acadiana members at a home football game

Anyone is welcome to be a member of the Pride of Acadiana Marching Band, regardless of their major. To audition as a non-major, you will need to fill out the Pride of Acadiana Scholarship Application.

To set up your audition, please call the band department at 337-482-5157.

The audition requirements are the same as for music majors, except that you can bring your scale sheet to the audition.

Auditions for the Ragin' Cajun Drumline  

Drumline Audition Day is set for Saturday, April 27th, at the UL Band Hall (Angelle Hall) on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Students should arrive by 8:30am, with the auditions starting at 9:00am. All portions of the audition process should be concluded by 3:00pm.

Students intending to audition for the drumline should fill out our Audition Registration Form. Housing award recipients are required to play in a Spring ensemble.

If you are unable to make this date, please contact Dr. Brett Landry.

Percussion Music

The audition process will be conducted in two parts – an individual "Primary Instrument" audition and a ensemble "Secondary Instrument" audition. The individual audition (to be played on your Primary Instrument) is your opportunity to showcase your technique, style, and musicality to the judges. In the ensemble audition (played on both Primary and Secondary Instruments), students will be judged on their ability to adapt when playing as part of a group, be it in sections or as the full ensemble. Success in this portion of the audition will be determined by the ability to identify various aspects of one’s playing such as balance, blend, timing, etc. and quickly make adjustments. Students are encouraged to audition on all instruments (snare, tenors, bass drum, and cymbals).  All necessary information for the audition can be found in the audition packet.

IMPORTANT – memorization of audition materials is NOT required. It is highly suggested that students bring the audition materials in a 3-ring binder with page protectors.

Materials You Will Need

Sticks: You should bring your own sticks. Bass Drum mallets can be supplied for the audition.

Instrument of Choice: Snare drums and Tenors with carrier are not required, but are encouraged.  Practice pads are required. Cymbal players are required to audition on both cymbals and drums (short rhythmic excerpt).

***One final note: Students wishing to major in music who have not yet auditioned may also audition at this time and should visit here for more information.  If you are a music major and want to audition for the drumline, you must have two separate auditions: one for drumline and one for your School of Music program.


Questions? Please contact Dr. Brett Landry.

Auditions for Color Guard

View the Audition Requirements for Color Guard and Feature Twirler.

Rehearsals, Classes & Other Requirements

All Pride of Acadiana members are required to attend band camp before the semester officially begins in August.

After the semester begins, rehearsals take place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:15-2:15 pm in the fall semester only.

Woodwind section of the Pride of Acadiana

Color guard attends one evening sectional per week on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Percussion sectionals are every Monday from 7 p.m.-9 p.m., and wind sectionals are every other Monday from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

If you are in the Pride of Acadiana, you earn course credit. If you're in junior division, register for AMUS 152. If you're in upper division, register for AMUS 352.

Game Days

For football home game days, you'll need to reserve the full day for Pride of Acadiana activities. That includes rehearsal in the stadium, followed by time to clean up, eat, and change before the game. Game day schedules are set when final kick-off times are announced.