New Member Interest Form - Start Here!
All persons interested in joining the Liberty University Marching Band must first submit the Marching Band Student Information Form. Please contact Christopher Coker, Assistant Director, with your name and mailing address for this form. As a result, you will receive an application, DVD and scholarship information via USPS mail. In the meanwhile, please proceed to the audition information below.
I. Step One: Complete and return the Marching Band Student Information Form. (If you have not completed this form, please email the Assistant Marching Band Director, Chris Coker, at firstname.lastname@example.org .)
II. Step Two: Prepare your music, marching, and video.
A. Download the appropriate music for your video. Auditions must be for the instruments represented in the audition music below. If you do not see your instrument and have questions, please email either the Chris Coker, at email@example.com, or the director, Dr. Stephen Kerr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brass and Woodwind Audition Music
This is our Fight Song. Please memorize and play with "Box in 8" audition video.
"Fan The Flames" Complete LU Fight Song MP3 with drum breaks sample (you are welcome to include this as a background for your video, but is not necessary, and just as long as your instrument playing is dominantly heard). Your audition is only to include one verse, one marching box.
B. Prepare the Drill: For this audition we will ask you to perform a "box in 8" while playing our fight song, Fan the Flames. To complete the "box in 8," march forward 8 steps, left 8 steps, back 8 steps, and right 8 steps, ending at the position where you started--just one time through the music and box. NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT SUMBIT A VIDEO BEFORE YOU FILL OUT THE STUDENT INFORMATION FORM in step One!
C. Shoot your video. While your video must be in 'one take,' you can make as many videos as you like and just send us your best take—only one version, please. You can use any means of recording the video that you like. The product will be uploaded by you to YouTube per the instructions in “III. Step Three.”
Begin at attention. Our marching style is a “heel-to-toe” roll step. You will march forward 8 counts with the first 4 cut time measures of the piece.*
Next, transition into a left slide for 8 counts. During a slide, your feet point and move in the direction of the slide, but your upper body and shoulders remain straight ahead, pointed toward the side line.*
Next you will march back 8 counts. Backwards marching is up on the toes, and you drag the forward part of your foot gently along the ground, balancing on the balls of your feet. *
Finally, a right slide, very similar to the left slide, has your feet pointed and moving in the direction of the slide while your upper body and shoulders remain straight ahead as in the Left Slide.*
For the audition, continue this box until the music is complete.*
*refer to video below for further instruction on how to complete your audition video.
Marching Instruction Video
III. Step Three: Send us your finished video.
Upload the finished video to YouTube as a private, or offline video. By doing this no one can see the video with the exception of whoever has access to the link. Copy the link for your video and email it to either Chris Coker at email@example.com or the director, Dr. Stephen Kerr, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will correspond with you promptly regarding your entrance into our band program after we have reviewed your completed video.
Students may only submit one video. If you are not selected during the audition process to participate in the marching band and wish to discuss your audition further please contact Dr. Kerr.
To create a YouTube Account & Uploading Your Video:
Thank you for your interest in the Liberty University Marching Band, The Spirit of the Mountain, and good luck!
Step Two: Auditions will take place Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 1:00p.m. Location: Band Room, Performing Arts 134. If you find you will be unable to attend, contact the percussion instructor for another means/date of auditioning. Audition materials for both battery and keyboards are posted below. In addition, you may choose to perform a prepared piece of your own. Please contact the percussion instructor by email at: Tyler Loftin, or by telephone at (434)582-4363 to sign up for an audition time.
Step Two: Auditions are planned during College for a Weekend (CFAW), Friday, April 10, 2015 at 4:00p.m. Location: Thomas Road Baptist Church, Choir Room (north end of the church building, upstairs). If you find you will be unable to attend, we can look into another means/date of auditioning. Please prepare a 2-3 minute audition with music accompaniment. Usually, auditionees perform a routine that they used in high school with their band music. You may also make up your own routine to any music selection you choose. In addition, auditionees at CFAW get to meet many other auditionees, learn a short routine together at the 4:00 p.m. session, and get to know the staff a bit. Please contact Bryanna Tester, guard instructor, at email@example.com, in order to be placed on the audition list!
Drumline/Front Ensemble Audition Music
This ensemble meets during the spring semester each year. Auditions are held in early November. Please contact the director, Dr. Stephen Kerr, at firstname.lastname@example.org, for the date that your section will audition. In addition, music specific to the audition will be provided approximately 2 weeks in advance.