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Marching Band Audition Information

Brass & Woodwinds

Due to the COVID-19 virus, auditions for woodwind and brass positions in the 2021 WVU Mountaineer Marching Band will be conducted via video submissions.  To receive the required audition materials and instructions on how to submit a video, please complete the Intent to Audition Form below. 


Intent to Audition Form


The deadline for submitting the Intent to Audition form is Monday, March 15.
The deadline for video submissions is Friday, April 24.

For questions regarding auditions, contact the WVU Bands office at wvuband@mail.wvu.edu.

Drumline 

Due to the COVID-19 virus, auditions for positions on the drumline of the 2021 WVU Mountaineer Marching Band will be conducted via video submissions.  To register for the auditions and to receive the required audition materials, please complete the Intent to Audition Form below.   Instructions on how to submit a video will be included with the audition materials.


Intent to Audition Form

The deadline for submitting the Intent to Audition form is Monday, March 15.
The deadline for video submissions is Friday, April 24.

For questions regarding auditions, contact the WVU Bands office at wvuband@mail.wvu.edu.

Colorguard 

Due to the COVID-19 virus, auditions for positions in the Colorguard of the 2021 WVU Mountaineer Marching Band will be conducted via video submissions.  Individuals will be asked to video themselves performing a routine that will be taught by members of the WVU colorguard staff via online video.  To register for the auditions and to receive the link to the online video of the required routine, please complete the Intent to Audition Form below.  Instructions on how to submit an audition video will be included with the required routine.


Intent to Audition Form

The deadline for submitting the Intent to Audition form is Monday, March 15.
The deadline for video submissions is Friday, April 24.

For questions regarding auditions, contact the WVU Bands office at wvuband@mail.wvu.edu.

Feature Twirlers 

Due to the COVID-19 virus, auditions for Feature Twirlers positions will be conducted via video submissions.  Individuals interested in auditioning for a position should complete the Intent to Audition Form and then follow the instructions below.

Intent to Audition Form

Applicants need to send audition videos digitally via e-mail providing a YouTube hyperlink.  Please set the YouTube video to "unlisted" so it is not available to the general public.  The applicant's contact information (e-mail address, mailing address, and phone number) must also be included.  Applicants are asked to write a one-page essay (single-spaced, 12 point font) on the questions provided below.  Resumes and/or letters of recommendation are welcomed, but not required.  All materials (video link, essay, and contact information) should be sent to both Dr. Paula Jo Meyer-Stout (paulameyerstout@yahoo.com) and Dr. Kirsten Barnicle (kirsten.barnicle@mail.wvu.edu) no later than Thursday, April 15, 2021.

Applicants should include two performances in their video submission: a one-baton routine and a multiple baton routine.  The multiple baton routine should include multiple baton choreography and/or use of novelty items. Each candidate should include twirling material that they feel best represents their abilities as a twirler.  Videos will be judged based on the applicant's ability to twirl at a university level in a large stadium atmosphere.  The applicant will be scored in the categories of variety and content, difficulty, speed and control, performance and technique, and showmanship and presentation.  Each routine should include music of the applicant's choice and be limited to 2:00 - 2:30 minutes.

For consistency throughout the adjudication process, it is preferred that videos are recorded at an indoor facility with a high ceiling and gym floor.  Due to COVID-19, we recognize that many facilities might be closed thereby requiring applicants to record videos outdoors.  Videos should not be edited or cut.  Again for consistency, applicants are asked to wear a white top (shirt, tank, etc.) and black bottoms (athletic shorts, pants, skort, etc.) in their audition video.

Twirlers who have previously been members of the WVU Mountaineer Marching Band are required to re-audition each year, meaning all positions are open.  The number of twirlers selected for 2021 will be based on the performance level of the applicants and the judges' decision in consultation with the Director of the WVU Mountaineer Marching Band.  In previous years, between 2-5 twirlers have been accepted.

Essay Questions:

1) What motivates you to continue twirling through your time in college and why have you chosen to audition at WVU?

2) If chosen, you will twirl individually as well as perform routines with the other WVU Feature Twirlers as a team.  What qualities and characteristics should teammates possess? Describe a time when you and a teammate had a conflict or disagreed.  How did you resolve this?

3) Both the WVU Marching Band and its Feature Twirler program are recognized nationally for excellence.  If you become a member of the band as a twirler, what would you do to contribute to or improve upon this reputation?


Contacts

Questions about auditions for Feature Twirler positions may be directed to the coordinators:

Dr. Paula Meyer-Stout (paulameyerstout@yahoo.com or 304-288-5053)

Dr. Kirsten Barnicle (kirsten.barnicle@mail.wvu.edu or 304-906-7876)