Q: Is marching band a class?
A: Yes. Students can register for one of the following for 1 credit hour (repeatable up to 8 times):
WINDS (woodwind/brass): Section 001 (Spitzer)
PERCUSSION: Section 002 (Barlow)
COLORGUARD: Section 003 (Spitzer)
Q: How are grades determined?
A: Grades are based on attendance, performance, and attitude.
Q: Do band members purchase their own shoes?
A: Yes, band members must purchase their own band shoes. Shoes for the hornline and drumline should be black lace-up marching band shoes with no other markings or colors (NOT tennis shoes). Appropriate shoes can be purchased from several online locations for around $30.
Q: How can parents be involved?
A: There is no formal organization for interested parents or alumni. From time to time, we may request a parent's help in an area of their expertise.
Q: Where can band members find the other rules and regulations for the marching band?
A: The band handbook, which lists all the rules and standards for membership in the band, is available on Dropbox to participating members.
Q: What happens if a band member misses a rehearsal?
A: Conflicts that cause students to miss rehearsal are dealt with on an individual basis. Students with a recurring class conflict that cannot be avoided must complete and turn in the Class Conflict form, signed by their staff member, in order to be excused. If a student cannot register for marching band because of a conflict, see Mr. Spitzer or Dr. Van Hassel. While we generally discourage students from participating in the marching band without being enrolled in the course, we understand that there are situations where this may be necessary.
Q: Are there any auditions prior to band camp?
A: There are no auditions for woodwinds or brass prior to camp - only an informal "audition" in sections for the staff to determine balance, etc. during camp. All students will play scales, the UNCP Fight Song, and another selection on the first day of band camp. The music for these songs is in the SOTC Winds Dropbox folder. You must have this music memorized in order to successfully show your true abilities at the audition.
Drumline and colorguard: Click here for audition information.
Q: How do I move into my dorm/apartment early for band camp?
A: If you live on campus or in a university-owned apartment, you will receive your key when you check in for band camp. If you live in an off-campus apartment, you will need to arrange early move-in with the apartment office.
Q: How much time does marching band take? Will I have the time?
A: Weekly rehearsals are scheduled from 3:35-6:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Occasionally, sectionals may be called by the section leader and will be announced during rehearsal. Students rarely drop marching band because of time issues.
Freshmen sometimes decide to wait a year to join marching band so they do not overload their schedule their first year; however, many times, if a student does not join band their freshman year, they end up never joining. It is easier to manage your time if you block out that time from the beginning.
Q: How many performances does the marching band have?
A: The marching band performs at all home football games, area parades, marching contests, and for university functions. On average the band performs about 8 times a year.
Q: What is the cost to be in marching band?
A: Other than having your own marching shoes, there is no cost for wind players or percussionists — in fact, we cover travel and give you a stipend, so you will get paid to participate! Colorguard members are required to purchase their shoes, jacket, and undergarment, but the cost for those items is usually less than $75.
Q: How do I get into pep band (for basketball)?
A: A sign-up sheet for pep band will be posted in November; most pep band members are drawn from the marching band, but it is not required for students to be in marching band to participate in pep band.
Q: When is band camp?
A: Band camp takes place the week before classes start. The band camp schedule will be in the marching band Dropbox during the summer.
Q: Is camp required?
A: Yes, all SOTC members are required to attend band camp.
Q: Are instruments provided?
A: Mellophones, marching baritones, and sousaphones are provided; some other instruments are available for check-out through the Music Resource Center.
Q: Are stipends available?
A: YES (depending on budget)!! Stipend amounts go up the longer you participate in marching band, but if one of the first questions you ask about band is, "How much will I get paid?" the SOTC may not be for you.
Q: What else do I need to know?
A: Read the marching band handbook. This serves as the course syllabus and describes our rehearsal procedures and other important aspects of the UNCP athletic bands.