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Marching French Horn Audition Instructions

The Mustang Band only utilizes marching French horns. If you only have access to a concert horn or a mellophone (using a horn mouthpiece), feel free to use it for your audition. (If accepted, the Mustang Band will provide you with a Marching French Horn to use throughout the fall and winter quarters.)

If you need additional information, please refer to the marching French horn information document and/or the marching French horn fingering chart.

Finally, If you do not own a French horn or mellophone, please contact your current band director to see if you might be able to utilize one for the audition. Otherwise, please email Dr. Waldron in order to schedule a live audition (at which point you can use one of our instruments.) As stated earlier, if accepted, the Mustang Band will provide a Marching French Horn for you to use throughout the fall and winter quarters.

To audition on horn, please submit a video recording of the following:

  1. Chromatic Scale 2 Octaves G to G
  2. Any 2 selections from the marching French Horn Packet


  • Be sure to save your audition video with the following naming scheme:
    [Academic Years]_[Academic Term]_[Instrument]_[Your Name]_[Part]-of-[Total Parts].mp4
    For example: "2024-2025_Fall_Horn_BruceWayne_1-of-2.mp4"
  • At the beginning of your video, state the following information for the camera:
    • Your first and last name
    • The current Date and Time
    • The make and model of the instrument you are using for the audition
    • The name (or description) of the excerpts you are performing
  • Please stand, unless you currently have an injury which prevents you from doing so.
  • Ensure that the Video frame includes your face, hands and instrument throughout the recording.
  • Only edit video BETWEEN excerpts, but not WITHIN excerpts.

Final Thoughts

If you have not done so already, please be sure to fill out our Online Interest Form. Also, please review our Band Camp Information, Marching Shoes Ordering Information, and our list of Frequently Asked Questions.

The deadline for submitting an audition is Wednesday, July 31, 2024 @ 11:45PM PDT. Results will be announced during the first week of August.

Audition Instructions Will Be Emailed

Please be sure you have completed our Online Interest Form to receive the instructions.

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