The UTD Pep Band offers students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to participate in the excitement of athletic and campus community events and to perform within the greater Dallas area. The Pep Band is one of the most visible performance ensembles on campus. We play at men’s and women’s home basketball games and women’s volleyball games, and for National Night Out, Scholars’ Day, and Homecoming.
Even with all these performances, playing in the UTD Pep Band requires only a fraction of the time commitment that high school band did. Most of our members major in something other than music and find participation in Pep Band compatible with their academic success.
Any UT Dallas undergraduate student, graduate student, faculty, or staff member who has ensemble experience on any of the following instruments can join: flute, piccolo, clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, bari sax, trumpet, French horn (mellophone), trombone, bass trombone, euphonium/baritone (marching baritone), tuba (sousaphone), bass guitar, and drum set.
The majority of the band’s home athletic events are on Thursday evenings (during the scheduled class time) and Saturday afternoons.
With the exception of bass guitar and drum set, you do not have to audition for membership. There will, however, be wind and brass auditions at the beginning of camp (see below) for chair and part placement. Shortly after completing the interest form, you will get access to the audition music in eLearning.
Bass guitarists and drummers should email [email protected] or call 972-883-6007 no later than Wednesday, August 1, to get access to the audition music and to set up an audition. For first-year and transfer students, it may be possible with enough notice to schedule your audition during your orientation dates.
2018 Pep Band Camp
August 16-17, 9:00 – 4:00, in AH1. Lunch will be provided both days.
Camp time is spent rehearsing the majority of our music so that 1) the band is ready to perform for campus and athletic events at the start of the semester and 2) we can back off some on rehearsals in October and November, when academic demands tend to pick up. Additionally, the camp provides a great opportunity for students to get to know fellow Comets who share a common interest, before classes even start.
If you don’t want to quit playing your instrument, or if you miss playing and want to start again, the UTD Pep Band is the ensemble for you.
So what are you waiting for? Fill out the interest form today!
UT Dallas Pep Band, Director
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