Band Audition and Scholarship Information

If you are interested in auditioning for the North Carolina A&T State University Band Program, please email the following directors:

Audition Criteria

Blue & Gold Marching Machine Instrumental Auditions

The University Band Program is currently accepting audition submissions for incoming and transfer students for Fall of 2021. Videos must be submitted by SSunday, January 31, 2021. All auditioning students must provide proof of their application or acceptance to the university before being granted an audition request. Auditions do not include concert band literature, standard wind band marches, or popular tunes. Please refer to your local all county or all state solo and ensemble audition requirements for examples.

Criteria for video submission: 

  • -12 major scales with arpeggeios 
  • -Chromatic scale 
  • -A prepared piece that is solo literature or an etude that displays lyrical and technical facility
  • -Upload an unlisted audition video to www.youtube.com or a comparable social media platform.
  • -Email your unlisted link to lblawhorn@ncat.edu 

If you have any questions about the process or requirements, please contact the directors of your instrument family for clarification. Given the challenging times, we look forward to you joining the Aggie Family and becoming a member of the Blue and Gold Marching Machine! 

Scholarship Considerations

Priority scholarship consideration will be given to students based on being accepted into the university, instrumental need, and successful performance of scales, prepared literature, and sight-reading ability. If selected for sight-reading, a director will contact you to schedule a live video call for a sight-reading performance. Students receiving scholarship dollars will do so for four years or for the duration of their participation and must be enrolled in the band course. Woodwinds sign up for MUS 300-01(Dr. Kenneth Ruff), brass sign up for MUS 300-02,( Mr. Thomas G. Warner, Jr.),and  percussion for MUS 300-3, (Dr. Lamon Lawhorn), or provide evidence from your academic advisor that the course cannot be taken for credit of any schedule conflict. Additionally, all students must be in compliance with student conduct codes for the University and not on probation, suspension or expulsion. Percussion students, please contact Dr. Lawhorn for specific audition requirements, lblawhorn@ncat.edu 

Wind Instrumentalists


Priority Scholarship (Level 1)

  • Regular admission to the university.
  • Chromatic Scale: Full range of the instrument.
  • All Major Scales with arpeggios: Two or more octaves within the capability of the instrument.
  • Prepared Material: Lyrical and Technical 
  • Sight Reading (Scores= 26-30 pts).

Scholarship Consideration (Level 2)

  • Regular admission to the university.
  • Chromatic Scale: Full range of the instrument.
  • Major Scales: At least 8 scales with arpeggios performed one or more octaves.
  • Prepared Material: Lyrical and Technical (Scores= 20-25 pts).
  • Sight Reading (Scores= 20-25 pts).

Band Participation (Level 3)

  • Regular admission to the university.
  • Chromatic Scale: Full range of the instrument.
  • Major Scales: At Least 6 scales performed one or more octaves.
  • Prepared Material: Lyrical and Technical (Scores= Below 20 pts).
  • Sight Reading (Scores= 19 and below).

All scales should be performed at a minimum tempo of 112 bpm, eighth notes, to be considered for a scholarship.

Percussion Audition

Each student must know:
  • 40 basic rudiments
  • Steel Essential Rudiments
    •  Snares/Quints - All 14
    • Tonal Bass- #1-10
    • Tenor-1-4,10
    •  Bass-1 & 10
    • Cymbals - exercises (flashes, control, listening and reading)
  • Prepared piece/performance on drum or cymbals
  • Sight Reading

In order to be placed under percussion scholarship consideration, in addition to the above requirements, the student must perform the LEVEL 2 requirement listed under Wind Instrumentalist. (Single marimba solo/etude required.)


Application Deadline

All materials must be received in the Marching Band's office by May 1 at 5:00 p.m. The application can be mailed or hand-delivered. Please contact the Director of Bands for additional eligibility information and to get an application.

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Contact the Marching Machine:

N.C. A&T Blue & Gold Marching Machine
1601 East Market Street
The Band Center
1120 E. Bessemer Ave
Greensboro, NC 27411
Phone 336-334-7776
Fax 336-334 7311