Congratulations to Courtney Chandler and Halie Hart for being selected as the 2013-14 Marching Mizzou Feature Twirlers. Thank you to all that auditioned this year.
Marching Mizzou, also known as the "Big 'M' of the Midwest," is the most visible ensemble in the School of Music and is the largest student organization on campus. Marching Mizzou is comprised of over 300 students from nearly every major within the University. This time-honored organization combines "Tiger" pride, quality musicianship, unrivaled dedication and over 110 years of tradition to create their nationally renowned gridiron excitement.
In addition to performances across Missouri and the United States, Marching Mizzou was recently invited to perform at the 2012 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. While in Ireland, Marching Mizzou also performed in the Limerick International Band Championship where they were distinguished as the International Band Champions.
The marching and musical style for which Marching Mizzou has become famous blends the great traditions of MU with the exciting performance styles of today. Marching Mizzou is well known for the unmatched excellence of its musical performances along with a marching style that is quick moving and entertaining.
Marching Mizzou is under the direction of Dr. Brad Snow.
HOW TO AUDITION FOR MARCHING MIZZOU
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: All students accepted into the 2013 edition of Marching Mizzou are expected to attend full band camp on the MU campus August 11-18, 2013. Early check-in for those living in residence halls will be arranged by Marching Mizzou. Additional details regarding band camp and the 2013 season will be sent to M2 members in June.
Woodwind and Brass - Auditions for the 2013 edition of Marching Mizzou will take place in the spring and during Summer Welcome. Auditions consist of a short, prepared piece (16-24 bars) of your choosing, two scales of your choosing, sight reading and a brief interview. All interested wind players should contact Brooke Danielsen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-882-3438 to set up an audition. All woodwind and brass auditions will take place at 202 Loeb Hall. If you are unable to audition in person, you may submit a CD of your selected audition materials. You will be informed of your audition results by letter.
Drumline - The Marching Mizzou Drumline holds auditions each year. The first round of 2013 auditions takes place Saturday, April 27, 2013 and the audition process concludes with a full weekend rehearsal camp July 12-14, 2013. Incoming and current Mizzou students are invited to audition. Veteran members must re-audition for placement every year. For the audition schedule and music, visit mizzoudrumline.com/join. Please fill out and return the Mizzou Drumline Audition Form to drumline instructor Erich Spaeth in order to reserve your spot! Additional information regarding drumline auditions can be downloaded here. If you have any questions, please contact Erich Spaeth at email@example.com.
Color Guard - Auditions for the 2013 Marching Mizzou Color Guard are scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Audition information can be downloaded here. Please contact Brooke Danielsen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-882-3438 to reserve your spot. Please Note: All prospective color guard members must compose a short, 250-word essay answering the following question: "Why do you want to be a member of the Marching Mizzou Color Guard?" Essays should be typed into either (a) a Word document or (b) the body of an email, and sent to Dr. Brad Snow (email@example.com), Director of Marching Mizzou, PRIOR to the April 27 audition date. Students accepted into the 2013 M2 Color Guard will be expected to attend Color Guard Camp July 12-14, 2013 on the MU campus.
Twirlers - Twirler auditions for the 2013 edition of Marching Mizzou are scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2013. All interested twirlers must submit application materials by April 1, 2013 in order to be considered for an audition. Upon review of submitted applications, invitations for the April 27 audition will be extended. Application and audition details can be downloaded here. If you have specific questions about Marching Mizzou twirlers, please contact Dr. Brad Snow.
Golden Girls - For information about 2013 Golden Girl auditions, visit mutigers.com.
FAQs ABOUT BAND MEMBERSHIP
Q. Do I have time to be in band if I don't major in music?
A. YES! Rarely is band the cause for poor academic performance, and it does enhance the college experience. In fact, most members of Marching Mizzou have a major other than music. The marching band only rehearses Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 4:15 – 6:00 pm, leaving time for students to focus on their studies.
Q. Does band cost anything?
A. Uniforms are provided free of charge to everyone in the band. Each member of Marching Mizzou is also given an official Marching Mizzou T-shirt, Marching Mizzou Polo shirt, and a Marching Mizzou Baseball Cap. In addition, the University of Missouri waives the cost of the one-hour credit class for Marching Mizzou members. The band covers the cost of your flip folder, music, and drill charts. However, members must purchase their own marching shoes ($17.50) and pay a small uniform cleaning fee ($15.00). There is also a rental fee ($25.00) for all university instruments (piccolo, tenor saxophone, mellophone, trombone, baritone, sousaphone, drumline).
Q. How much does Marching Mizzou travel?
A. The full band typically travels to one away game each season. As Mizzou enters the SEC, we will additionally send a smaller pep band to each conference game to support the Tigers. When the band travels, all expenses are covered through the University. The band also accompanies the football team on any post-season bowl trips. Lastly, every three to four years, Marching Mizzou takes a major trip not associated with athletics. Most recently, Marching Mizzou performed in Dublin and Limerick, Ireland, where they were crowned the 2012 International Band Champions.