Incoming 2022

Incoming 2022

THE 2022 AUDITION PROCESS WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE SPRING.  If you have questions, please write the directors at BANDS@VIRGINIA.EDU.

ALL Auditions take place AFTER you are accepted to the University of Virginia.

For your information, below are the 2021 audition requirements.  Because of COVID, we held all auditions virtually.  The materials required for 2022 will be similar, but the audition format could change significantly from what you read below.

Audition Requirements by Instrument

Woodwinds, Brass & Electric Bass

Returning Woodwinds, Brass, and Electric Bass performers do not need to re-audition for the CMB.  Rising first-year students will audition for a position in the Cavalier Marching Band.  If you intend to audition for the CMB, FILL OUT THIS FORM in order for us to learn about you and your interests!

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO AUDITION VIA RECORDING

  1. Download the Audition packet that corresponds with your instrument (individually linked below)
  2. Record a video of yourself playing Virginia Swing, Cavalier Fanfare, and Cavalier song with this Drumline MP3.  NOTE: Play the Cavalier Song while marking time in place.
  3. Next, without drumline, perform the Good Old Song.
  4. Finally, record a 1-3 minute selection of your choosing that represents your abilities as a player. 
  5. Once these recordings are completed, please compile them into one file, upload to your preferred web-based platform (Google Drive, YouTub, Vimeo, etc.), and share an accessible link with the drictors using this form-CMB AUDITION GOOGLE FORM.

Please complete and submit your CMB recorded audition by Saturday, July 31.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PERFORM A LIVE AUDITION

If you prefer an in-person audition in Charlottesville this summer, email bands@virginia.edu with the subject line “Live Audition,” and the Band Directors will respond to schedule your live audition.

FYI: Other than $50 for your marching shoes and white gloves, there are no fees to be a member of the CMB. Your instrument, uniform, uniform cleaning, gameday gear, gameday food all fees for camp and the entire season are covered by the University.

AUDITION PACKETS BY INSTRUMENT

Drumline

If you are ready to audition for the CMB Drumline, FILL OUT THIS FORM. After submitting your information, download a PDF of our audition packets are linked below.  Vivian McCoy, one of our drumline instructors, is available to offer you guidance and feedback throughout the summer. 

Auditions will occur live at our August Band Camp

You will be required to play everything while marking time.  The CMB Drumline instrumentation is snare, tenor drum, bass drum, cymbal & mallets (mallets are required to perform on cymbals as well).

FYI: Other than $50 for your marching shoes and white gloves, there are no fees to be a member of the CMB. Your instrument, uniform, uniform cleaning, gameday gear, gameday food all fees for camp and the entire season are covered by the University.

AUDITION PACKETS BY INSTRUMENT

Color Guard

If you are ready to audition for the CMB Color Guard, FILL OUT THE CMB MEMBER INFORMATION FORM.

Live auditions will be held at our August Band Camp. Throughout the summer, familiarize yourself with our Cavalier Marching Band Color Guard techniques by watching THIS VIDEO.

Submit a progress video for review by July 31 to THIS FORM. Note: This is not an audition video, but rather a means to track your progress on our techniques. Please include as much of the following in your progress video:

  • 20 counts of drop spins starting from right flat with a drop-stop ending on counts 19 + 20.
  • Full cones/figure 8 exercise with optional one handed carving exercise.
  • 10 counts of 5 pull/pole hits - 10 counts of 5 sets of thumb flips.
  • 3 sets of pop tosses - adjust to the revolution that you’re able to do.
  • 3 sets of money hand tosses - both 3 counts and 4 count tosses (or as you’re able to) - 6 total
  • 3 sets of J-tosses - both 3 count s and 4 count tosses - 6 total
  • In addition, please end the video with a short 30-45 second routine of what you feel is your best work. Whether it’s your favorite phrase from your high school guard, or a short routine you made up, this will help us understand where you are from a performance perspective. Incorporating dance and body within your choreography will help us understand your ability to combine multiple elements at once, but we know color guard programs approach both skill sets very differently.

Feel free to include music in the background, if you wish. If you have experience with rifle or sabre, you may include additional footage of your skill set on either equipment, up to 45 seconds of each CG weapon.

FYI: Other than $50 for your marching shoes and white gloves, there are no fees to be a member of the CMB. Your instrument, uniform, uniform cleaning, gameday gear, gameday food all fees for camp and the entire season are covered by the University.

Twirler

To apply for a feature twirler position at the University of Virginia, please submit a biography (PDF) that summarizes your twirling background, your past instruction, and significant performances/awards in your history.  Also submit a video that includes performance with 1 and 2-3 batons and demonstrates talented skill sets that are unique to you!  Videos may be in full costume or practice wear with twirling shoes. Some of the essential skills required to be a Virginia Feature Twirler include:

  • the ability to complete a toss illusion
  • toss three-spin
  • a variety of rolls
  • creative body work and flexibility
  • gymnastic skills are encouraged but not required. 

Send your materials or questions to the CMB directors at bands@virginia.edu.  Application deadline: July 31, 2021