"The Golden Band from Tigerland"
The LSU Tiger Marching Band is the largest and most visible single organization on campus with a closed membership of 325 students. Recognized nationally for its outstanding achievements by the John Philip Sousa Foundation in 2002, the Tiger Band is comprised of students from all over the LSU campus. Even though Tiger Band members display a wealth of musical talent, we desire players who possess a strong sense of dedication and pride in their work. Approximately 80% of Tiger Band members are majoring outside of music.
Tiger Band is an accredited one-hour course that meets Tuesday through Friday from 3:50 to 5:20 pm. Participation involves less time than most high school band rehearsals. Auditions for Tiger Band begin in February and continue through the beginning of our preseason band camp which is the week prior to the start of classes for the fall semester. All students selected for membership in the LSU Tiger Marching Band (including Colorguard and Golden Girls), must be registered as full-time students in the fall semester (12 semester hours). There are no fees required for membership and the University pays for all road trips and uniform costs (except dry cleaning and white band shoes--all Tiger Band members buy the same type shoe from the Band Department.) All Tiger Band members receive a $1000.00 scholarship for their participation. In order to continue to receive this yearly award, Tiger Band members must continue to be registered as full-time students and must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average. Students who enter LSU in the summer immediately after graduation from high school must have a 2.0 cumulative average by the conclusion of the summer term in order to be eligible for Tiger Band.
Most all of the instruments for Tiger Band are available for use at no cost to the student. Woodwind and brass players audition for Tiger Band by playing the chromatic scale and a couple of major scales in addition to a prepared piece which you provide. This can be a solo, etude, honor band audition material, etc. You do not need a pianist. The entire audition takes approximately fifteen minutes and is fairly informal. Students not majoring in music can audition anytime between February 1st and August 14th. Music majors and minors who are accepted into a School of Music studio are automatically invited to our preseason Band Camp. Contact the LSU Band Office via email or phone at (225) 578-2384 to schedule your audition. If you are an out-of-state student, and are unable to come to campus for an audition, we will accept a compact disc or cassette tape of your playing.
IMPORTANT! Once accepted to LSU, we ask all incoming freshmen to schedule their orientation and testing prior to the week before classes, which is part of our Tiger Band Preseason Band Camp. Please contact the University for available dates for these sessions. Tiger Band Preseason Camp generally begins two weeks before fall classes begin. A detailed schedule of Band Camp activities will be posted in July. Final selection of Tiger Band will occur during the Preseason Band Camp in August. Their first performance will be for LSU's annual "Chancellor's Welcome," an event which welcomes all new students to campus.
Percussionists audition for the Tiger Band Drumline two days prior to the start of Preseason Band Camp in August. The audition consists of prepared materials which are distributed to all prospective members in July. Contact the Band Office to add your name to the mailing list. We also offer Drumline workshops in July and August.
Auditions for the LSU Golden Girls danceline, and Tiger Band Colorguard are held in the spring each year..