Prospective Student Membership

The University of Florida Band program offers a variety

of ensembles for students of all levels of musicianship.

The Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Bands,

Jazz Band, Gator Marching Band, and Athletic Pep Bands

are some of the performance opportunities available

to UF students.

 

The bands have been recognized nationally and

internationally as an outstanding example of collegiate music.

In addition to the energetic and entertaining performances at

football games, the GatorMarching Band receives frequent

invitations for performances around the world. Most recently, the

band was featured on America's Got Talent.

The John Phillip Sousa Foundation also recognized the Gator

Marching Band with the prestigious Sudler Trophy.

The American Chamber Winds, a chamber ensemble consisting

of University of Florida students and faculty, performs frequent

international tours.

The Jazz Bands perform regularly with premier guest artists,

including the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band and, ASCAP Plus

award winner, Wycliffe Gordon. 

 

 

 

The University of Florida Bands have numerous studio and live performances available to enjoy on our media page.

                       For more information about joining the UF Bands:

 

General Info Request Form        Visit our Gator Band FAQ's        Contact the UF School of Music

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. Last fall, the combined GPA for the Gator Band was 3.94!

 

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 taped). You can find the application on the main

page under a tab that says "2019-2020 Band Application." After you submit an application, you will receive information about 

audition music, important dates, etc. 

 

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 this website.

 

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.