Audition Information for the 2022 Hawkeye Marching Band will be available in mid-January 2022. If you are interested in auditioning for the HMB, please submit an interest form, and we will reach out with more information when it's available. 

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Audition Information for

Brass + Woodwinds:

For 2021, auditions for the Hawkeye Marching Band brass and woodwind sections will be by video submission only.

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.

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 recorded audition.

Register for Brass + Woodwind Audition


Step 3 - Submit your recorded 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)

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 or trumpet. If you do not have access to an instrument that would typically be provided by the University of Iowa (sousaphone, baritone, mellophone), please contact Dr. Bush ASAP to discuss options. 
  • If you are auditioning on more than one instrument, please submit separate video auditions for each instrument.

All video auditions must be submitted by June 30, 2021.

Submit Your Video Audition


For any other questions you can consult the HMB FAQs below, contact administrative assistant 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 2021, 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 12, 2021 // 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM CDT

Clinic #2: June 19, 2021 // 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM CDT

Clinic #3/Mock Auditions: June 26, 2021 // 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM CDT

Hawkeye Drumline Audition: July 10, 2021 // 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM CDT

Visit the DrumHawk website to obtain the 2021 audition materials and video submission requirements (click on the Audition tab > Audition Materials).

Email HMB drumline instructor Nick Miller or our 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 260 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 2021 season, all brass and woodwind auditions will be by video submission only.

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.