HMB 2019
Audition Information for Brass + Woodwinds:

Auditions for the Hawkeye Marching Band brass and woodwind sections are held during the freshman UI Summer Orientation program dates in June/July.

To set up your audition follow these procedures:

1) Register for summer orientation through the University of Iowa. You will audition for the HMB at the end of your orientation session.

2) Fill out your audition registration form online. Someone from the UI Bands Office will contact you to confirm your audition.

3) Your audition will take place at the Voxman Music Building.
Be prepared to demonstrate the following on your instrument:
>> 2-3 minutes of prepared music that demonstrates technical and lyrical ability
>> A short sight-reading example (played twice; once standing still and once while executing a basic "mark time.")

For more information on auditions for the HMB, please download this audition info flier!

For any other questions you can consult the HMB FAQs below, contact administrative assistant Kathy Ford or HMB director Dr. Eric Bush.

Audition Information for Drumline:

The Hawkeye Drumline is one of the most visible and exciting sections of the Hawkeye Marching Band. Earning a spot in this group is only the beginning of an amazing journey throughout your time at the University of Iowa. The HMB Drumline marches snare drums, bass drums, quads, and cymbals. Membership in the HMB Drumline is by audition only. Auditionees will be judged on playing and marching ability, attendance, attitude, and work ethic. If you are interested in auditioning for the drum line, the HMB offers three clinics, which prospective members are highly encouraged to attend. These clinics, as well as the audition, are held at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Center on the campus of the University of Iowa.

Clinic #1: June 8, 2019 from 9 AM to 4 PM
Clinic #2: June 22, 2019 from 9 AM to 4 PM
Clinic #3/Mock Auditions: June 29, 2019 from 9 AM to 9 PM

The 2019 Drumline Audition date is Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 9 AM to 9 PM.

For more information about the clinics and audition date, please download this Audition Info + Summer Schedule.

Visit the DrumHawk website to obtain the 2019 audition materials and information. (click on the Audition tab > Audition Materials).

Email HMB drumline instructor Nick Miller or our director Dr. Eric Bush if you have any questions.


What are the basic membership qualifications?

Basic rhythm and average technical facility are the primary qualifications. You do not have to be a music major, as non-music majors make up approximately 85% of the Hawkeye Marching Band. Most students with high school band experience qualify. As part of their degree program, all brass, woodwind and percussion Music Education majors must participate in the Hawkeye Marching Band during their first year in residence at Iowa.

When do woodwind and brass players audition for the Hawkeye Marching Band?

Fill out an audition registration form online once you have been assigned a summer orientation session.
New freshmen at the University of Iowa will audition during their summer orientation.
Transfer students should make an appointment on campus through Dr. Bush to audition between May 1 and July 13.
Current UI students should set up an appointment through Dr. Bush in April.

When do percussionists audition?

Auditions for the Hawkeye Marching Band drumline will be held Saturday, July 13, 2019. Prospective members of the Hawkeye Drumline are highly encouraged to attend our summer drumline clinics. At the clinics you will have the opportunity to informally “work out” with veteran members and other prospective drumline members. The primary purpose of these clinics is to introduce you to our system of performance fundamentals and rehearse the cadences and exercises that will be used for the 2019 HMB drumline auditions on July 13. Your attendance at these camps are optional, but this is a great opportunity to prepare for the audition. If you have any questions about the HMB drumline, the exercises/cadences, or if you plan to attend any of our clinics, e-mail our current drumline instructor Nick Miller. For more information about the clinics and audition date, please download this information sheet. Visit the DrumHawk website to obtain the 2019 audition materials and information. (click on the Audition tab > Audition Materials).

Does the Hawkeye Marching Band have a flag corps or color guard?

No. the membership of the Hawkeye Marching Band is made up of woodwinds, brass, percussion, one drum major and one feature twirler (Golden Girl). The Iowa Dance Team performs with the Hawkeye Marching Band during pregame and halftime.

How do I enroll in the Hawkeye Marching Band?
HMB Snare 2019

You can register for the Hawkeye Marching Band (MUS:3165:0001; 1 credit hour) during Summer Orientation. (You do not have to complete your audition prior to registering for the course.) Avoid conflicts with our rehearsal times. No class conflicts are allowed on Fridays.

What is the time commitment for the Hawkeye Marching Band?

The Hawkeye Marching Band rehearses 3:40 - 5:30PM Tuesday through Friday and on the days of home football games. We also have music rehearsals on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00PM. Occasionally, our performance schedule will allow us to take some well-deserved time off during the season!

When is HMB Camp held?

HMB Camp begins one week prior to the first day of classes August 18-25, 2019. University Bands pays for your residence hall room until your contract begins. A detailed schedule will be mailed in mid-July. For your planning purposes, HMB members living in the UI Residence Halls will move in on either Sunday, August 18, or Tuesday, August 20. At camp, every member of the Hawkeye Marching Band will receive a detailed student handbook/syllabus containing rehearsal and performance schedules, ensemble policies, marching fundamentals and additional information.

How much does it cost to be a member of the Hawkeye Marching Band?

Each member is assessed $87.40 to cover rehearsal attire and uniform maintenance. As part of this fee, all new members receive official uniform items such as t-shirts, running shorts and socks, hats, a first pair of spats, first pair of gloves, flip folio, and uniform dry cleaning throughout the season. Members are expected to provide a pair of black marching shoes (which can be ordered during band camp). Whenever we travel, each student’s meal costs, housing and transportation from Iowa City are provided by the athletic department or the host bowl organization.

Which instruments are provided?

University Bands provides mellophones, trombones (game day only), baritones, sousaphones, and percussion. All flute players must provide their own piccolo.

How are students graded for their participation in the Hawkeye Marching Band?

UI Bands encourages and promotes academic excellence! Students are graded primarily on their attendance to all rehearsals and performances. Students can receive academic release time (to meet with a professor, attend a supervised review session, etc.) if pre-approved by the Director.

Do I have to memorize all of my music?

Halftime- No, except for piccolos and the drumline, members do not have to memorize their show music. The Hawkeye Marching Band usually performs six different half-time shows, in addition to the pregame music, various cheers and music in the stands. The use of flip folios is expected; In fact, writing your drill assignments on your music is required. All members use their folios in the stands during the game.

Pregame- Yes, the Hawkeye Marching Band memorizes all music for Pregame.

Does the Hawkeye Marching Band have any off-campus performances scheduled during the season?

In 2019, we will travel to one away game. Additionally, there is an excellent chance that we will be traveling to a post-season conference championship and/or bowl game. Members are expected to attend these events.


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