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2023 Auditions

Auditions will take place on Wednesday, September 20th from 7 pm to 10 pm.  Our first rehearsal is Sunday, 10/1 at 3pm in Demonstration Hall.  This rehearsal is required for all members who make the ensemble.

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Spartan Brass is the athletic band that performs at all MSU Volleyball, Hockey, and Men's & Women's Basketball Games. Auditions take place in the fall, although the course is a second semester, 1 credit, ensemble. All students who earn a position in the Spartan Brass must enroll for one credit. Rehearsals for Spartan Brass take place at Demonstration Hall and begin during the fall semester (on Sunday's) then move to the regular schedule (Monday/Wednesday) in spring.



Spartan Brass will be accepting auditions for the following instruments:

  • Alto Sax (10)

  • Tenor Sax (6)

  • Trumpet (30 = 10 1st, 10 2nd, 10 3rd)

  • Mellophone (10)

  • Trombone (20 = 6 1st, 7 2nd, 7 3rd)

  • Baritone (8)

  • Tuba (6-8)

  • Electric Bass (2)

  • and Drum Set (3-5)

Instrumentation is flexible.

Wind Auditions

Wind instrumentalists should prepare a solo or etude, no longer than two minutes. Contrasting styles are recommended. A marching band excerpt is acceptable, but NOT ADVISED.


Drum Set

Percussionists (drum set players) must exhibit mastery of all styles and sight-reading ability. All Drum Set players will play for Dr. Jon Weber before the first rehearsal. Email or see Dr. Weber for audition details and sign-up at

Electric Bass

All E. Bass players must attend the first rehearsal to perform with the band (sight read). Bring your own E. Bass, we will supply the amp. Please register for an audition and send an email to to confirm your spot and receive music.


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