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Alto & Tenor Saxophone Audition Instructions

The Mustang Band only marches alto and tenor saxophones.

If you do not own a saxophone, 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.) If you are accepted, the Mustang Band will provide an instrument for you to use throughout the fall and winter quarters

If you have extensive experience on tenor saxophone, but only have access to an alto saxophone, please feel free to audition on alto but then state and/or indicate that you would prefer to march tenor. As stated previously, if you are accepted, the Mustang Band will provide a tenor saxophone for you to use throughout the fall and winter quarters.

To audition on alto or tenor saxophone, please submit a video recording of the following:

  1. Chromatic Scale 2 Octaves D to D
  2. Any 2 selections from the Saxophone Packet


  • 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.

You will be asked to provide your Uniform and Apparel Fitting Information during the audition sumission process. Please be prepared to provide the following measurements:

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We enjoy meeting new students and encourage you to send an email if you have any questions or plan to visit campus. Contact information for directors and all band faculty and staff can be found on our contacts page.