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Sousaphone/Tuba Audition Instructions

It is perfectly acceptable to audition on either a concert tuba or a sousaphone. If you do not own an instrument, 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 accepted, the Mustang Band will provide a sousaphone for you to use throughout the fall and winter quarters

To audition on sousaphone/tuba, please submit a video recording of the following:

  1. Chromatic Scale 2 Octaves F to F
  2. Any 2 selections from the Sousaphone/Tuba Packet


  • Be sure to save your audition video with the following naming scheme:DATE__NAME_INSTRUMENT
    For example: "2023June02_BruceWayne_FrenchHorn.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.

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

  • Height - in feet and inches (e.g. 5'6")
  • Weight - in pounds
  • Chest - measure around the fullest part of your chest, without pulling the measuring tape tight.
    See video instructions
  • Waist - measure to the nearest inch.
    See video instructions
  • Hips - measure to the nearest inch.
    See video instructions
  • Inseam - While standing tall, have another person use a measuring tape to measure from the crotch to the cuff on the inside seam of the leg. Measure to the nearest half inch.
    See video instructions
  • Outseam - While standing tall, have another person use a measuring tape to measure from just above your waistline (top of your pants) to the heel along the OUTSIDE of your leg. Do not wear shoes during the process. Measure to the nearest half inch.
  • Glove size - use the diagram below:
  • Shako/Hat size - measure your head circumference and use the chart below:

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All prospective and current Cal Poly students interested in joining the Mustang Band should fill out our Online Interest Form.

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.