Fireworks during the pre-game show
Auditions for the Hawkeye Marching Band are held during the freshman UI Summer Orientation program dates in June/July (call the Band Office, 319-335-1635, prior to your Orientation visit to schedule your audition; auditions are held between 1:45-3:30PM on the second day of Orientation), or by appointment during the spring semester (transfer and current UI students). Woodwind and brass players are asked to prepare a brief excerpt from a solo or etude which demonstrates their technical and lyrical ability. Basic march-style sight reading will be a part of the audition.  Students may be asked to execute a basic "mark time" while sight reading. No scales are required. For any other questions you can consult the HMB FAQs below or e-mail HMB director Dr. Eric Bush.


If you are auditioning for the HMB Drumline, you can obtain the 2018 audition materials and information HERE (click on the Audition tab > Audition Materials). Our summer drumline clinics will be held from 9AM-4PM on the following Saturdays: June 23, June 30, and July 14 (Note that these dates follow a Thursday-Friday UI Summer Orientation session; email us if you plan to attend one or both of the sessions). Call the UI Band Office, 319-335-1635, if you are planning to attend. There is no cost to attend these clinics; you are encouraged to attend one, two, or all three of the clinics! The focus of these clinic is to prepare the attendees for our drumline auditions on August 13. Email HMB drumline instructor Nick Miller if you have any questions. Drumline auditions will be held on Monday, August 13 at 1:00PM at the HMB/HTRC practice facility on the Hawkeye (west) Campus.


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 82% 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 I audition for the Hawkeye Marching Band?

Students who play a wind instrument need to schedule an audition by contacting the University Bands. Auditions for first-year members are held during their Summer Orientation visit (the afternoon of the second day). Call the Band Office (319/335-1635) before your visit to schedule your audition. Be prepared to play a brief excerpt of a solo or etude that displays your technical ability. Basic, march-style sight reading will also be part of the audition. Students successfully completing the music audition will be invited to attend HMB camp, which begins a week prior to the start of fall classes.

When do percussionists audition?

Auditions for the Hawkeye Marching Band drumline will be held at the start of HMB camp on Monday afternoon, August 13, 2018. All students planning to attend our summer drumline clinics or auditioning for the drumline should download the HMB Drumline audition materials. Prospective members can attend one or both clinics. At the clinics you will have the opportunity to informally “work out” with current 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 2018 HMB drumline auditions on August 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

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?
Overhead view of HMB halftime show

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 selected 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 13-19, 2018. 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 12, or Tuesday, August 14. 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 $50 to cover uniform maintenance. As part of this fee, all new members receive an official HMB uniform T-shirt, Nike stadium ball cap, gold HMB polo shirt, a pair of spats, flip folio, one new pair of gloves 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?

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. We realize members are students first and can best use their free time studying for their classes. The use of flip folios is expected (you can even write your drill assignments on the music!). All members use their folios in the stands during the game.

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

In 2018 we will travel to a regional B1G game (TBA soon!). Of course, there is an excellent chance that we will be traveling to a post-season bowl game. Members are expected to attend the post-season bowl trip.

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