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Student Auditions

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Undergraduate Music Majors and Music Minors
February 11, 2023 • February 18, 2023

We will offer both in-person and virtual auditions for Fall 2023 admission. Auditions for band scholarships (stipends), as well as entrance into the band program for those students who wish to Major in Music, will be held on the dates above in Knoxville, TN on The University of Tennessee Campus. If you are interested in auditioning on one of these dates, please call the School of Music Office at 865-974-3241, or visit the UT School of Music Website at: to schedule an audition time.

Undergraduate Non-Music Majors *
February 18, 2023 • February 25, 2023

*Color Guard Auditions:  April 2, 2023 (see below)

Live auditions for Non-Music Majors (including Color Guard) interested in band scholarships (stipends), as well as entrance into the band program will be held on the dates above in Knoxville, TN on The University of Tennessee Campus.  If you are unavailable on these dates, please contact us to schedule an individual audition or submit a video audition as a YouTube link or Google Drive.  To set up an audition date or submit a video audition, please contact the band office at 865-974-5031 or   If you are currently a senior and will graduate this year, apply as early as you can to UT!! Applications are available on-line from the admissions office. The Admission Application Deadline for UTK is December 1 (November 1 for scholarship consideration).

For non-music majors, auditions are very simple!  We just need to hear 2 contrasting excerpts (one technical and one lyrical).  These can be out of a method book, excerpts from a solo piece, or music that you have used on prior auditions.  There are NO scales and NO sight reading.  We encourage everyone to try out for the Pride of the Southland, but if you are interested in concert ensembles only, then you will only need to audition for the bands during the first week of classes (not during the spring).  You can find more information regarding our concert ensembles under the “current student” tab as we near the end of each semester.

Non-Major Percussionists, we would like to hear a snare solo (concert OR marching) and, if possible, a piece on mallets and/or timpani.

For more info on Color Guard Auditions, see below.

Majorette Auditions

For information on majorette auditions, visit our Majorette Page.

Color Guard Auditions
April 2, 2023

For information on color guard auditions, please click here.

Drumline Auditions

To be a part of the Pride of the Southland drumline, you must first audition during our Music Major/Minor and Non-Major audition dates (see above).  If you are interested in auditioning as a Music Major or Minor, you may register at the School of Music Audition site.

If you are NOT going to major or minor in music, you will follow the same procedure listed above for non-music majors.

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