Audition Instructions

If you have not yet done so, please fill out the Interest Form!

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! Music auditions are due by
    Sunday, July 14, 11:59 PM and results will be emailed out by Sunday, July 28.
  • Marching: we will teach you the Cal Band marching style at our annual Fall Training Program (FTP)! This is the second part of your audition, which you will receive more information on after your music audition. For now, you can keep in mind that 2019 FTP will be held August 16 – August 20.

You can submit an audition by one of two options:

  1. A recording uploaded 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 14, 11:59 PM.
  2. Email to sign up for an in-person audition in Berkeley between 9am-2:30pm on one of the following dates:

– Saturday May 25
– Saturday June 8
– Saturday July 13


What to record:

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 pieces below (one of which is the same as the alto sax part), glockenspiel auditionees should prepare two major scales of your choice, as well as a chromatic run, ascending and descending, using the full range of your instrument.

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.

What to Record:

1. State your name and your instrument.

2. For glockenspiel auditions, follow the instructions listed for woodwind/brass auditions. 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 14. 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