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How to join "The Pride of the Sunshine" Gator Marching Band

Membership in the University of Florida Gator Marching Band is open to all students currently enrolled at the University of Florida or Santa Fe College.  Membership is auditioned each year and consists of undergraduate and graduate students that represent over 100 majors at the university.  Please check below to find out how to join the Gator Band and represent the Gator Nation in the university's most visible organization.

Meet some of our leadership and find out how they balance school, work, and being a member of the Gator Marching Band.

Winds

The audition for the Gator Band is a video audition that consists of all 12 major scales (1 or 2 octaves depending on your level of comfort) and the provided school songs. Fill out the 2021-2022 Gator Band Application to receive audition material. The audition must be pre-recorded, uploaded to YouTube, and the link must be sent in an email to Director, Jay Watkins, at watkins@ufl.edu before July 1st. Returning members who were enrolled in a concert band for the Spring semester will have their auditions waived. All current student wind players must complete their auditions via video by July 1st. Contact the Director, Jay Watkins, at watkins@ufl.edu with any questions or concerns.

 

**New members - View our marching instructional videos here prior to band camp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florida Drumline (FDL)

In order to audition for a position on Florida Drumline participants will be asked to partake in a final audition.  Initial audition will be via video this year, fill out the band application to receive audition materials and further information.  Summer workshop dates will be announced soon. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florida Visual Ensemble (FVE)

Auditions for the Fall 2021 season will be held in person at the Gator Band Field on two dates: April 17 and June 12.  In person auditions will adhere to all COVID and University guidelines.  If you are uncomfortable attending in person or unable to attend, video submissions will be accepted and are due by July 1, 2021 at Noon.  The live audition (or video submission) will be required for anyone interested in becoming a part of the Florida Visual Ensemble.  Applicants must fill out the band application (link below) to receive further information about audition requirements.  For further questions, please contact  ufvisualensemble@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Majorettes (Gatorettes)

Auditions will be held in person at Steinbrenner Band Hall on May 2, 2021.  These will be individual auditions and each individual will be assigned a timeslot (Times TBD).   In person auditions will adhere to all COVID and University guidelines.  If you are uncomfortable attending in person or unable to get here, video submissions will be accepted and are due by May 2, 2021 at Noon (please email ufbands@gmail.com if you will be participating via this option.)  The live audition (or video submission) will be required for anyone interested in becoming a part of the Gatorettes.  Applicants must fill out the band application at (link below) to receive further information about audition requirements/COVID precautions and to receive a timeslot for their in person audition.  Please fill out the application by Sunday, April 24th to receive your audition time.  For further questions, please contact June Stoeber at jjbug@hotmail.com.

For audition materials, please fill out the 2021-2022 Band Application

For audition materials, please fill out the 2021-2022 Band Application

For audition materials, please fill out the 2021-2022 Band Application

University of Florida Gator Band Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q.  Is there time to be in the Gator Band and maintain high academic standards?

 

A.  Absolutely!  The Gator Band is comprised of the University of Florida’s best and brightest students.  The Gator Band has one of the highest cumulative GPAs on campus.

 

Q.  What is the time commitment for a member of the Gator Band?

 

A.  The Gator Band rehearses 8 hours each week.  Monday (indoors) 6:15p-8:15p; Tues/Thurs/Fri (outdoors) 4:00p-6:00p. 

 

Q.  Is the Gator Band offered for academic credit?

 

A.  Yes.  Gator Band members enroll in the Marching Band class for one hour of academic credit.

 

Q.  How do I become a member of the Gator Band?

 

A.  You must complete a Gator Band registration form as well as an audition (live or recorded).  Please visit the Gator Band website (www.ufbands.com) to request audition music and more information, or contact the Gator Band office by phone (352) 273-3146.

 

Q.  What are my chances of being selected as a member of the Gator Band?

 

A.  Prospective wind-instrument members with high school band experience have an extremely high acceptance rate into the Gator Band.  Drumline, colorguard, and twirlers follow more specific audition procedures that are outlined on the band website www.ufbands.ufl.edu.

 

Q.  What are the costs of membership in the Gator Band?

 

A.  Most expenses are covered by the Gator Band.  Band members are provided with uniforms, large instruments, travel outfits, t-shirts, hats, music and all travel costs.  Members are asked to provide their own white marching shoes, flip-folders, gloves (for brass instruments), reeds, and valve-oil.  

 

Q.  Does the Gator Band Travel?

 

A.  Yes.  Each year, the full Gator Band performs at all in-state football games, as well as SEC Championship and Bowl Game (when applicable).  We send a “Pep” band to all other away games.  All meals/hotels/travel is covered by the Gator Band at no expense to the student.

 

Q.  How many shows does the Gator Band perform each season?

 

A.  The Gator Band usually performs 5 to 7 shows each season.

 

Q.  What other ensembles are available to me?

 

A.  The University of Florida band program offers a wide variety of performance opportunities including Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, two Concert Bands, Jazz Bands, Basketball Band, and Volleyball Band.