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Auditions and Scholarships

Auditions

No audition is required for students wishing to perform on wind instruments or in the color guard.  Participation in the drumline will require an audition in late spring for the following fall season.  For all details about drumline specific dates, including an help sessions, music, auditions, and a required spring rehearsal, please visit the drumline page.

Scholarships

Many members of the Maverick Stampede receive a marching band specific scholarship for their participation.  Scholarships typically range from $200-$500 depending on the student's ability, positive contribution to the ensemble, previous experience, and prior years of service with the Maverick Stampede.  You do not need to be a music major to receive a marching band scholarship.  With the large size of this ensemble, it is not possible for everyone to receive a scholarship, and thus will be offered to select students and/or students who specifically seek this opportunity (via a simple video audition, see below).

Dr. Hinkle reserves the right to award scholarships to students directly.

Additional award money for participation in CMU Athletic Bands can be earned by applying for and becoming an official student leader or by participating in the Maverick Sound (pep-band, January-March) or the Rowdy Brass Band (August-May).

Students interested in receiving an athletic band scholarship should complete the following steps ASAP (for best consideration) or before the deadline of 5pm on July 1 for consideration in the Maverick Stampede.

  • Using a smartphone or personal computer, record a short 30-60 second video demonstrating your best performance ability. Music performed does not need to be solo literature, but could simply be a part or section of music that was previously performed with a marching, concert, or jazz ensemble. As example, 32 measures of a marching band song or cadence would be sufficient. A chromatic scale to demonstrate your playable range is also recommended.

  • In your video, you should be performing alone and not with others, but otherwise this can be very informal.

  • Total video time should not exceed 60 seconds, and you should start by introducing yourself and your preferred marching band instrument.

  • Videos should be emailed directly to Dr. Hinkle (jhinkle@coloradomesa.edu) and should include your full name, instrument, and "Maverick Stampede Scholarship" in the Subject.

  • In order for the successful submission of videos, file sizes should not exceed 25MB (megabytes), and students are encourage to send much smaller files if possible. High definition resolution is not necessary.

  • Students who cannot send a video via email may choose to submit a link for a 30-60 video that is posted on youtube.com or similar websites.

  • Submit your video for scholarship consideration ASAP and before the deadline of 5pm on July 1.

  • If eligible, you will be notified via an email response within 30 days.