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.
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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 of the provided school songs - Alma Mater, Orange and Blue, and We Are The Boys (download link below). The audition must be pre-recorded, uploaded to YouTube, and the link must be sent in an email to Director, Jay Watkins, at before July 1st. Returning members who were enrolled in a concert band for the Spring semester will have their auditions waived. Otherwise, all current student wind players must complete their auditions the morning of the Orange & Blue Game on April 13th or submit their audition via video by then. Contact the Director, Jay Watkins, at 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 dates will be April 20th and May 11th (9:00am-5:00pm with a break for lunch). Summer workshop dates will be June 28th - 30th and July 26th -28th.
Contact Paul Keck at with any questions or concerns.
Florida Visual Ensemble (FVE)
An in-house audition will be held mid-Spring for anyone interested in becoming a part of the Florida Visual Ensemble. The audition consists of proficiency in marching with drop spins and a 1-2 minute self-routine (can include dance, rifle, sabre, etc. but it should be 75% flag). The auditions dates will be Sunday, April 7th (2-6pm) and Sunday, July 7th (2-6pm). If there are any questions, contact Paula Alfonso at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An in-house audition will be required on Sunday, May 5th at 1:00pm for anyone interested in becoming a part of the Gatorettes. For more information, please contact June Stoeber at email@example.com.
For audition materials, please fill out the 2019-2020 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.