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Majorette Auditions

April 1, 2017

Audition Location: HPER Building located on the corner of Andy Holt Avenue and Pat Head Summit Dr.  (Signs will be located on the outside doors to guide you to the gym)

Eligibility: Any current UT student or incoming freshman. Incoming freshman must have applied to The University of Tennessee.

Audition Schedule :  (subject to change)

Time: Open Gym 9:00-9:45

Auditions Begin 10:00

1)    Solo Routine: (Twirling/Dance Twirl Routine): Time limit is 1:30-2:00 minutes. Judging categories include: variety, difficulty, coordination, appearance, gracefulness, twirling/dancing techniques, posture, originality and showmanship. Applicant’s routine must include a minimum of one minute of one-baton twirling. Routine may include multiple batons and dance twirl.

2)    Group Routine: All candidates will learn a group routine as well as marching and field movements.  The ability to learn, assimilate, and perform new material will be assessed.

3)    8 to 5 Marching:  Candidates will be required to demonstrate 8 to 5 marching.

Feature Twirler:  Feature Twirler tryouts will be held immediately following Majorette Line auditions.  All candidates must be selected for the 2017 Majorette line in order to tryout for Feature Twirler.  Candidates should be prepared to perform an additional solo performance.  Routine should not exceed 2 minutes and 30 seconds.  Routine may include multiple batons if desired.  You may choose any music.  Please bring your music selection on a CD.

Music: Each applicant must provide her/his own CD recording (music of applicant¹s choice). The CD should have 1:30-2:00 minutes of music for the audition routine.  A back-up CD is suggested.

Attire: All candidates should wear a twirling costume of their choice with flesh colored tights.   

Equipment: Batons as needed for your routines and audition music.

Judging Categories:
Appearance, Twirling/Dance Routine (technical ability), Adaptability to learning a new routine, Gracefulness and Showmanship.

Number of Majorettes Chosen:  No specific number of majorettes is chosen in any given year.  The number of majorettes has ranged from 7-15 in past years and depends on the caliber of applicants as determined by the judges. UT Majorettes must audition each year. Should a selected majorette withdraw from school or leave the majorette line for any reason, the first alternate may be moved up to twirl with the squad. The list of alternates will be kept confidential and used at the discretion of the Director of Bands.

Auditions are not open to the public. Only candidates and judges will be admitted to the tryout/band room. During auditions, parents and friends may wait in the building lobby, however, only those twirlers auditioning will be allowed in the actual band room lobby.

Majorettes chosen for the line will receive a scholarship award of $800 per year.

The Judging Panel:  The judging panel will consist of UT Band Directors and expert twirling adjudicators. Please note: Judge’s comments and scores are confidential and will not be disclosed.

Following Auditions:  Those that are selected for the 2017 Majorette line will have a mandatory meeting following the conclusion of tryouts.

APPLICATION (due Monday, March 27, 2017)


April 1, 2017


Natalie Haslam Music Center
1741 Volunteer Blvd
Knoxville, TN 37996 United States

The University of Tennessee Bands

University of Tennessee Bands
1741 Volunteer Blvd.
227 Natalie L. Haslam Music Center
Knoxville, TN 37996-2605
Phone: 865-974-5031