Audition Information for the 2022 Hawkeye Marching Band is now closed. If you are interested in auditioning for the 2023 Hawkeye Marching Band, please click below to request more information.

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Audition Information for Brass + Woodwinds:

In 2022, students auditioning for the Hawkeye Marching Band have the option to audition in person during their Becoming a Hawkeye Orientation Session. In-person auditions are encouraged, but students will also have the option to submit a video audition.

Students auditioning in person during a Becoming a Hawkeye (BAH) Orientation Session must indicate on their audition registration form which date they are attending. Please note that the final two BAH session dates (July 11 and 12) are not an option for auditioning for the HMB. Please choose from one of the following dates, and be sure to  register for Becoming a Hawkeye Orientation Session as soon as registration opens on March 21:

June 7 June 10 June 13 June 15
June 21 June 23 June 24 June 29
June 30 July 6 July 7  

*Please note that we highly recommend that families not solidify their travel arrangements to campus (flights, hotel rooms, etc.) until the student has received confirmation of their Becoming a Hawkeye Orientation Session.


To audition for the Hawkeye Marching Band follow these procedures:

Step 1Accept your admission to the University of Iowa. Only accepted students are eligible to audition. Current UI students who wish to audition in person must set up an audition with Dr. Bush between April 25 and May 6.

Step 2Fill out your audition registration form online as soon as possible. Someone from the UI Bands Office will contact you to confirm the details of your audition.

Register for Brass + Woodwind Audition

Option 1: Live Audition
Auditions during Becoming a Hawkeye Orientation Sessions will occur at 3:00PM CDT, in Voxman Music Building (4th floor). Students should be prepared to perform the following:

  1. Ascending Chromatic Scale (slowly, in quarter notes, breathing when necessary; starting with your lowest comfortable note, and ending with the highest note you can play with a great sound)
  2. 2-3 minutes of prepared music that demonstrates both technical and lyrical ability (this may come from the same piece or two different pieces; whatever you choose, be sure to feature your best playing)
  3. Sight-reading

Option 2: Video Audition 
In the video, perform the following on your instrument:

  1. Ascending Chromatic Scale (slowly, in quarter notes, breathing when necessary; starting with your lowest comfortable note, and ending with the highest note you can play with a great sound)
  2. 2-3 minutes of prepared music that demonstrates both technical and lyrical ability (this may come from the same piece or two different pieces; whatever you choose, be sure to feature your best playing)
  3. A member of the HMB staff will contact you after you register to audition to arrange for a sight-reading audition on Zoom.

Video recording requirements:

  • The video should be a single, unedited take – please no clips or fades, no audio enhancement or filtering.
  • Please perform the chromatic scale and prepared piece back-to-back as a single video. You must be visible and seen playing your instrument in the audition video.
  • Upload the video to YouTube as an unlisted video, and make sure it has the appropriate privacy settings so that it may be accessed by the HMB staff. Please include your name and instrument in the title of the video.
  • Sousaphone players have the option to audition using a tuba; baritone players may use a euphonium; mellophone players may use a French horn; piccolo players may use a flute. 
  • If you are auditioning on more than one instrument, please submit separate video auditions for each instrument.

All video auditions must be submitted by 11:59 PM on July 1, 2022.

Submit Your Video Audition

For any other questions you can consult the HMB FAQs below, contact administrative coordinator Kathy Ford or HMB director Dr. Eric Bush.

Audition Information for Drumline:

The Hawkeye Drumline is one of the most visible and exciting sections of the Hawkeye Marching Band. Earning a spot in this group is only the beginning of an amazing journey throughout your time at the University of Iowa. The HMB Drumline marches snare drums, bass drums, quads, and cymbals. Membership in the HMB Drumline is by audition only. Auditionees will be judged on playing and marching ability, attendance, attitude, and work ethic.

In summer 2022, The HMB Drumline is offering three in-person clinics, in which prospective members are highly encouraged to participate. These clinics, as well as the audition, are held on campus. You will need drumsticks, a drum pad, and a metronome. If you do not have one of these items, please contact us ASAP and we will work with you to procure them.

Clinic #1: June 4, 2022 // 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM CDT

Clinic #2: June 18, 2022 // 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM CDT

Clinic #3/Mock Auditions: June 25, 2022 // 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM CDT

Hawkeye Drumline Audition: July 9, 2022 // 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM CDT

Visit the DrumHawk website to obtain the 2022 audition materials and video submission requirements (click on the Audition tab > Audition Materials).

Email HMB drumline instructor Nick Miller or HMB director Dr. Eric Bush if you have any questions.

Register for Drumline Clinics + Audition

Frequently Asked Questions

The Hawkeye Marching Band is made up of 270 marching Hawkeyes who perform on Piccolo, Clarinet, Alto and Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet, Mellophone, Trombone, Baritone, Sousaphone, or on the Drumline.

Basic rhythm and average technical facility are the primary qualifications. You do not have to be a music major, as non-music majors make up approximately 80% of the Hawkeye Marching Band. Most students with high school band experience qualify. As part of their degree program, all brass, woodwind and percussion Music Education majors must participate in the Hawkeye Marching Band during their first year in residence at Iowa.

Woodwind + brass auditions take place during summer orientation sessions (late May until early July).

*For the 2022 season, all brass and woodwind auditions will be held in person during new students' Becoming a Hawkeye (BAH) Orientation Session. For students who will not be on campus for a BAH session, video auditions may be submitted.

Join us for our drumline clinics in June and audition for the Hawkeye Drumline in July.

No. the membership of the Hawkeye Marching Band is made up of woodwinds, brass, percussion, one drum major and one feature twirler (Golden Girl). The Iowa Dance Team performs with the Hawkeye Marching Band during pregame and halftime.

You can register for the Hawkeye Marching Band (MUS:1165:0001; 1 credit hour) during Summer Orientation. (You do not have to complete your audition prior to registering for the course.) Avoid conflicts with our rehearsal times. No class conflicts are allowed on Fridays.

The Hawkeye Marching Band rehearses 3:40 - 5:30PM Tuesday through Friday and on the days of home football games. We also have music rehearsals on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00PM. Occasionally, our performance schedule will allow us to take some well-deserved time off during the season!

HMB Camp begins one week prior to the first day of classes (August 14-22, 2021). The Hawkeye Marching Band pays for your residence hall room until your contract begins. A detailed schedule will be mailed in late-July. For your planning purposes, HMB members living in the UI Residence Halls will move in Saturday, August 14 through Monday, August 16. Visit the Band 141 page for the move-in schedule. Prior to camp, every member of the Hawkeye Marching Band will receive a detailed student handbook/syllabus containing rehearsal and performance schedules, ensemble policies, marching fundamentals and additional information.

Each member is assessed $85 to cover rehearsal attire and uniform maintenance. As part of this fee, all new members receive official uniform items such as t-shirts, running shorts and socks, hats, a first pair of spats, first pair of gloves, and uniform dry cleaning throughout the season. Additionally, members that use a school-owned instrument will be assessed a $50 instrument rental fee (per instrument) to help offset our yearly repair costs. Whenever we travel, each student’s meal costs, housing, and transportation from Iowa City are provided by the athletic department and/or the host bowl organization.

The Hawkeye Marching Band provides percussion, mellophones, baritones, and sousaphones (game day and practice instruments); trombones, trumpets, clarinets, and piccolos (game day instruments only).

Students playing on trombone, trumpet, clarinet, piccolo, alto saxophone, and tenor saxophone still need to provide a personal instrument for practice.

The Hawkeye Marching Band encourages and promotes academic excellence! Students are graded primarily on their attendance to all rehearsals and performances. Students can receive academic release time (to meet with a professor, attend a supervised review session, etc.) if pre-approved by the Director.

Halftime- No, except for the drumline, members do not have to memorize their show music. The Hawkeye Marching Band usually performs six different half-time shows, in addition to the pregame music, various cheers and music in the stands. The use of a digital flip folder (via your pre-existing smart device) is expected; In fact, writing your drill assignments on your music is required. All members use their digital flip folder in the stands during the game.

Pregame- Yes, the Hawkeye Marching Band memorizes all music for Pregame.

We typically travel to one away game and/or exhibition performance. Additionally, there is an excellent chance that we will be traveling to a post-season conference championship and/or bowl game. Members are expected to attend these events.

The University of Iowa does not discriminate in its educational programs and activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, disability or veteran status. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to University facilities without reference to affectional or associational preference. For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, contact the Coordinator of Title IX and Section 504 in the office of Affirmative Action, telephone 319/335-0705, 202 Jessup Hall, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.