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 help sessions, music, auditions, and a required spring rehearsal, please visit the drumline page.

Scholarships

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

To submit your audition:

  • Using a smartphone or personal computer, record a short 30-60 second video demonstrating your best performance ability.
  • 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 encouraged 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 5 pm on July 1.

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

Instrumentalists- 

  • 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.

Colorguard- 

  • Colorguard members can simply prepare a choreographed solo or selection that was previously performed with a marching band, color guard, or winter guard that demonstrates choreography retention and technical proficiency.  This demonstration should include at minimum both movement (dance) and flag.  Integration of weapon is optional.