Liberty University Marching Band Application and Audition

Marching Band Application Form

Thank you for your interest in the Liberty University Marching Band: The Spirit of the Mountain!

Marching Band Application - Start Here!  All persons interested in joining the Liberty University Marching Band must first submit the Marching Band Application Form.  After completing this application, you may proceed immediately to the audition as described in the Audition Process section below.  Please know that you will be prompted from the application through an audition link which is duplicated below.  The final date to confirm your membership and secure your position in the show drill is June 1st.  Please submit your application early enough to allow time to complete all steps in the process by June 1st.  Your $65.00 band camp fee is the final step in your online application.  Please know that this payment secures your position in the show drill, and you must pay by June 1st in order to be included in the drill writing process.  Please notify Dr. Kerr or the band office of any changes to your membership immediately.

Marching Band Audition Instructions

(this is now a duplication of the Application-to-Audition pages process shown above)

I. Complete and submit the Marching Band Application Form (above).

Find and follow the instructions for your specific instrument.

Marching Band Brass and Woodwinds

II.  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 Assistant Director, Shelby Jones, at, or the director, Dr. Stephen Kerr at   

Brass and Woodwind Audition Music
This is our Fight Song.  Please memorize and play while marching a "Box in 8" for the 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: 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.  (The steps will be in 'cut-time' with the music).

NOTE: Please do not submit a video before you fill out the student information form in Step One.

C.  Video Record.  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.”

Additional Details:

  • 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, march this box while playing the music.  You will find that the music will require marching just one complete box.*

*refer to video below for further instruction on how to complete your audition video. 
Marching Instruction Video

III. Send us your finished video.

Upload the finished video to YouTube as a UNLISTED video. By doing this no one can see the video with the exception of whoever has access to the link. Copy and paste the entire URL (the YouTube web address) from the address bar to the box below labeled “Video URL.”   We will correspond with you promptly regarding your entrance into our band program after we have reviewed your completed video.  The final step, your Scholarship/Commitment agreement, will be assigned accordingly following your audition video submission.

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:

  1. To begin, click “Sign In” on the YouTube homepage in the upper right corner.
  2. Select the option to “Create An Account”
  3. You will need to establish a Google account, if you already have a Google email you can use that email as your username.
  4. Fill in the required information to finalize your YouTube account.
  5. Once your account has been set up and you are logged in, select the “Upload” Button on the YouTube home page, located to the right of the search engine.
  6. Select the Arrow to upload your video.
    1. There will be a drop down menu with options to make the video Public, Unlisted, or Private. Select the option for UNLISTED (This ensures only those who have the link can view the video).

  1. Title the video with your Name (i.e. John Smith Marching Band Audition)
  2. Copy and paste the entire URL (the YouTube web address) from the address bar to the box labeled “Video URL” on the Application/Audition link: Application/Audition Link (you will need to log-in to this link again exactly as you did previously for the Application portion).


Marching Band Drum Line and Front Ensemble

II.  Audition date and time: TBA.  Location: TBA.  If you find you will be unable to attend, contact Tyler Loftin to determine an alternate 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 Tyler Loftin by email at:, or by telephone at (434) 582-4363 to sign up for an audition time.

Audition Music

All wishing to audition on a battery instrument must perform the exercises marking time.

Mallets - please choose one exercise for 2 mallets, and one for 4 mallets.

Drumline/Front Ensemble Audition Music



III. Follow step III above.


Marching Band Colorguard

II.  The Liberty University Marching Band includes an advanced ladies-only colorguard.  Auditions are planned during the April College for a Weekend (CFAW), exact date and time TBA. Location: TBA.  If you find you will be unable to attend, please contact Bryanna Tester to determine an alternate means/date of auditioning.  Please prepare a 2-3 minute audition routine with music accompaniment. Usually, auditionees perform a routine from high school with their own 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, and get to know the Marching Band staff a bit.  Please contact Bryanna Tester, guard instructor, at, in order to be placed on the audition list.

III. Follow step III above for an online video audition if you cannot audition during CFAW.