Audition Instructions

Cal Band Auditions are a 2-part process:

  • Music: This page explains the process for your music audition. If you have any questions about this (i.e. need to borrow an instrument, recording issues) let your personal recruiter know! Results will be emailed out by Sunday, July 26.
  • Marching: The way our marching curriculum will be delivered this year is to be changed due to COVID-19 public health restrictions. The status of the marching part of the audition will be decided as we get closer to the start of fall classes. More details can be found on the FTP page.

You will submit your audition by uploading it via your account on our recruit website, which can be found by clicking “Recruits” in the upper right hand corner of this website. These recruit accounts are automatically made after filling out an interest form. All wind instruments plus glockenspiel must send in an mp3 recording, and all other percussion instruments must send in a video audition. The deadline for all recorded auditions is Sunday, July 12, 11:59 PM*.

*Given this year’s unique circumstances with COVID-19, we will likely continue to accept auditions beyond the deadline on a rolling basis. We invite you to communicate early with us and to submit your audition


How to Record Your Audition:

  • please do not use a metronome in your recording in order to more accurately simulate an in-person audition
  • please record audition on mp3 file for wind players

1. State your name and your instrument

2. State the keys of the two major scales you will play. You choose which two scales you want to play for us! Difficulty does not matter, we are just looking for your comfort in playing scales.

3. Play the two major scales.

4. Play a chromatic run from the lowest note to the highest note of your ability, ascending and descending

5. Play three out of the five exercises included in the links below**, following all tempo markings, key signatures, rhythms, dynamics, and repeat signs.

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Exercises for Each Instrument


*Audition must be video-recorded for Percussion*

For Glockenspiel:

Glockenspiel auditions can be performed on a piano or any keyboard instrument, but should be performed with only one hand to mimic a glockenspiel. In addition to the linked piece below, glockenspiel auditionees should prepare two major scales of your choice, as well as a chromatic run, ascending and descending, through two octaves.

For Snare Drum, Tenor Drums, Bass Drum, and Cymbals:

Play the linked exercises below as written, as specified for your preferred instrument(s). Auditions for snare, tenor, and bass drums may be played on a drum or drum pad, and auditions for cymbals may be played on cymbals, with sticks, or with hand claps. If a tempo range is provided (Stick Control, Para-bles, and ABCD) please play it twice, once at the slowest tempo and once at the fastest tempo. The other exercises can be played once.

How to Record Your Audition:

please do not use a metronome in your recording in order to more accurately simulate an in-person audition

1. State your name and your instrument.

2. For glockenspiel auditions, follow the instructions listed for woodwind/brass auditions. Play the glockenspiel piece linked below for step 5 of the process. For all others, play the exercises as specified directly above.

3. Record video of the exercises linked below.

Raising the Tenor Drums

Exercises for Each Instrument

Submitting your Recorded Audition

Once you’ve finished recording, submit your files through your account on our recruit website. Music auditions are due by 11:59pm on July 12. Please do not leave uploading for the last moment since there can be issues with uploading! Audition results will be released through the same page. If you have any questions or technical difficulties, or if you need any alternative accommodations, feel free to email us at