Band Auditions


Our ensembles are committed to providing meaningful and educational experiences. Rehearsals and performances will return to pre-COVID practices (with possible exceptions) and are subject to change as health and safety guidelines evolve throughout the academic year.

We are excited to make music together again!

How do I join the Ohio State Concert Bands?

Download the packet for your instrument, below. The packet contains all instructions, excerpts to prepare, the audition schedule and a link to sign-up for your preferred audition time. 

Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Collegiate Winds — by audition

Auditions are open to ALL woodwind, brass and percussion students enrolled at The Ohio State University, regardless of major.

  • Music Majors: All woodwind, brass and percussion students majoring in music are expected to prepare audition materials for Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band and/or Symphony Orchestra (see below).

University Band — audition not required

  • Register for the course. Undergraduate: Music 2204.04 | Graduate: Music 7204.04.
  • Placement auditions to seat the band occurs at the beginning of the semester.

Learn about the Bands

A note about Symphony Orchestra auditions.

Brass and woodwind auditions for the Symphony Orchestra are conducted by the respective studio teachers in coordination with auditions for the Ohio State bands. Students playing these instruments will use the same audition resources as for bands.

Audition Materials and Instructions

Auditions will be evaluated by conducting and studio faculty members.

Download the appropriate audition packet, which includes instructions, the audition schedule and a link to sign-up for your preferred audition time. Note that these packets change each semester.


Contact Christopher Dent, administrative associate for concert bands.

[pdf] — The above links are to PDF files requiring Adobe Reader. If you need them in a more accessible format, please contact us.