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 - 2014
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: All students accepted into the 2014 edition of Marching Mizzou are expected to attend full band camp on the MU campus August 17-24, 2014. Early check-in for those living in residence halls will be arranged by Marching Mizzou. Additional details regarding band camp and the 2014 season will be mailed to M2 members in June.
WOODWIND & BRASS - Auditions for the 2014 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 and a brief interview. Please prepare something that displays both technical and lyrical playing. All interested players should contact Brooke Danielsen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-882-3438 to set up an audition date and time. 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 - Below is the M2 drumline audition schedule and materials for the 2014 season. Incoming and current Mizzou students are invited to audition. Veteran members must re-audition for placement every year. There will be two (2) required audition dates and five (5) optional – although highly recommended – help sessions covering the required audition material. The purpose of these sessions is to give everyone an equal chance to practice and learn the technique and music of the Marching Mizzou Drumline. These sessions are open to anyone and will be a great way to become familiar with the audition material. Students selected for the 2014 M2 Drumline are expected to attend Drumline Camp July 11-13, 2014 in addition to the full band camp in August.
2014 Snare Audition Packet
2014 Tenor Audition Packet
2014 Bass Audition Packet
2014 Cymbal Audition Packet
Thursday, January 30, 2014: 7-9 PM*
Thursday, February 13, 2014: 7-9 PM (Access Percussion, 1203 Rogers Street, Columbia, MO)
Thursday, February 27, 2014: 7-9 PM*
Thursday, March 13, 2014: 7-9 PM*
Thursday, April 10, 2014: 7-9 PM*
Saturday, March 29, 2014: 9 AM - 5 PM (Missouri Theatre, 203 S. 9th Street, Columbia, MO)
Saturday, April 12, 2014: 9 AM - 5 PM*
*Held at Loeb Hall (303 S. 6th Street, Columbia, MO), room 201.
If you are interested in auditioning, please fill out the Audition Registration Form and return it to drumline instructor Ben Gervais (email@example.com) no later than Monday, March 24, 2014. If you are unable to attend in person or have questions about the audition process, please contact Ben Gervais.
COLOR GUARD - Auditions for the 2014 Marching Mizzou Color Guard are scheduled for Saturday, April 26, 2014 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. Students accepted into the 2014 M2 Color Guard will be expected to attend Color Guard Camp July 11-13, 2014 in addition to the full band camp in August.
M2 Color Guard Fundamentals Training Videos:
TWIRLERS - Twirler auditions for the 2014 edition of Marching Mizzou are scheduled for Saturday, April 26, 2014. All interested twirlers must submit application materials by March 28, 2014 in order to be considered for an audition. Upon review of submitted applications, invitations for the April 26 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 2014 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. 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 ($20.00). 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.