Auditions for the OSU Band Program

OSU bands are open to all university students by audition only. You must be accepted to Oklahoma State University in order to audition. You do not need to be a music major to qualify for membership in the Cowboy Marching Band or one of our concert bands. To schedule a music major audition, please visit the Michael and Anne Greenwood School of Music website to schedule an audition. Auditions for Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band take place during the first week of classes in August, and auditions for Symphonic Band and Concert Band take place in October. More information about concert ensemble auditions will be posted on the band website prior to auditions each semester. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (405) 744-6135.

Cowboy Marching Band

For information regarding auditioning for the Cowboy Marching Band, including brass, woodwind, percussion, color guard, and twirler auditions, please visit our CMB website at

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have time to be in band if I don’t major in music?

YES! The OSU Bands are comprised of members from nearly every academic major, and a majority of the marching band is majoring in something other than music! Participation in college band enhances the college experience. Auditions for all of our ensembles within the band area are open to all OSU students, regardless of major.

Does band cost anything?

Very little. Band uniforms and travel expenses are funded by the university, the Michael and Anne Greenwood School of Music, and the OSU athletic department. The only costs to our members are the tuition and fees associated with enrolling in the one-credit hour marching band class, and other small expenses (marching shoes, gloves, T-shirts, etc.) These small expenses are less than $100 per season, and many items you purchase may last several seasons.

How do I audition for the band?

1. Contact the band office at (405) 744-6135 or by email.
2. Auditions include a prepared solo or etude that displays both technical and lyrical playing abilities. A solo that you have previously prepared for music contest or an etude used for most honor band auditions would work well.
3. If you are unable to audition in person, you may submit a cassette tape or custom CD of your selected audition materials.
4. You will be informed of your audition results by letter or email.


Band scholarships at Oklahoma State are awarded on the basis of musical ability and current instrumentation needs. Available scholarship money is limited, and therefore the awarding of scholarship dollars is extremely competitive. Scholarships are available to music majors and talented non-music majors alike. A limited number of out-of-state tuition waivers are also available for participation in the Cowboy Marching Band, as well as for music performance majors. These are awarded on a competitive basis based on your playing audition. To be fully considered for scholarships, you must audition before March 1, 2019. Other awards may be available for auditions that take place after March 1 as funding becomes available.

Contact the Oklahoma State University Band Office at 405-744-6135 for more information.