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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 MajorsUL 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 Drum Line and Front Ensemble

Drumline Audition Day is set for Saturday, April 29th. Register now!

If you're a music major and want to audition for the drum line and front ensemble, you must have two separate auditions: one for Drum Line and one for your School of Music program.  

Fill out the Audition Registration Form Here. Housing award recipients are required to play in a Spring ensemble.

 If you are unable to make this date, please contact Mr. Troy Breaux.

Percussion Music

Download the Marching Band percussion materials:

Individual Auditions:

The individual audition will consist of exercises from the packet and the cadence “Buttah”.  Bass drummers should pay particular attention to all unison, timing, and grid type exercises.

Students wishing to audition for the year-long housing scholarship will be required to play in a Spring ensemble and should also include a short solo or etude of your own choice on concert snare drum, mallets, and timpani.  All-State or Honor Band audition material would be sufficient.

Students wishing to major in music may also audition at this time and should visit here for more information.

Materials You Will Need

  • Sticks: You should bring your own sticks.  Bass Drum mallets can be supplied for the audition.  Front Ensemble players should bring a set of 4 general or medium hard marimba mallets.

  • Instrument of Choice:  Snare, Tenor, or Bass Drum with carrier are not required, but are encouraged. If everyone is able to bring their own instrument, we will have more playing time. Cymbal players are required to audition on drums.

  • Audition Packet:  Does not need to be memorized....but it helps.

Sectional Audition

We will spend the majority of time in small groups explaining the techniques we would like for you to use and evaluating your ability to adapt and play cleanly with others.  Successful musicians will posses the ability to identify various aspects of their playing such as balance, blend, timing, etc. and quickly make adjustments.  Self-evaluation, self-discovery, and self-correcting are extremely valuable and crucial to ones success.

Some of the skills upon which we will be evaluating you in the audition process are:

  • Sound Quality
  • Flow   
  • Touch and Sensitivity
  • Timing    
  • Dynamic Control 
  • Presentation
  • Rhythmic Accuracy/Precision    
  • Overall Musicianship

UL Lafayette Pride of Acadiana Drum Line Audition Schedule

9:00 - 9:30  Registration
9:30 – 1:00  Ensemble and Individual Auditions will run simultaneously during this time.


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.

Pep Bands

The Pride of Acadiana appears at many events outside of pre-game and halftime performances. To make sure we can make all outside appearances, the wind and percussion sections are divided into three pep bands that perform on a rotating basis. Assignments to pep bands are made during band camp. One pep band performs at Cajun Walk before each home football game.