Redcoat Band Wind Auditions

Redcoat Band membership is open to any UGA student following a successful audition. Students may, and usually do, audition before they have received their official university acceptance. Students who major or minor in Music undergo different audition procedures than students in other areas of study.

Music Majors or Minors

Any first-year or transfer student who is accepted as a Music major or minor in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music on a marching band wind instrument is automatically accepted for Redcoat Band membership if they wish to participate. Those students must email their intent to participate to Dr. Bawcum ( before May 1 in order to be guaranteed a position. A separate Redcoat Band membership audition is not necessary for wind instrumentalists who are accepted as Music major or minor.

If you wish to audition for the Hugh Hodgson School of Music as a Music major or minor, please click here for school admission requirements and audition information.

Non-Music Majors

The Redcoat Band audition and acceptance process is being evaluated and will likely change substantially for the 2020-2021 academic year. The materials below applied to applicants for the 2019-20 academic year and contains valuable information, though some of it is likely to change for 2020-21 applicants.

It is NOT necessary to be a Music major or minor to be a Redcoat! In fact, nearly 80% of Redcoat Band members major in a field other than Music. Brass and woodwind players who want to be considered for membership should:

  1. Apply for Redcoat Band membership.
  2. Ask your director or other music teacher to complete the recommendation form we email them.
  3. Review the audition requirements, procedures, and frequently asked questions.
  4. Call or email after February 1 to schedule your audition. 2019 Audition Dates: Saturday, March 23 and Saturday, April 27.
  5. Perform your audition.

If you are unable to travel to campus for one of the audition dates, please contact our office to make other arrangements. See the complete 2019 Woodwinds and Brass Membership Audition Information for non-Music Major or Minors for more important information. 

Redcoat Band Percussion Auditions

Membership in the UGA Drumline (which includes battery and front ensemble) is determined by audition in the spring. Information for academic year 2020-21 will be coming soon. For your reference, here is complete 2019-20 percussion audition information.

Redcoat Band Auxiliary Auditions

Membership in the Majorettes, Georgettes, and Flagline is determined by audition in April. The audition is open to current UGA students and those who have applied but have not yet been accepted to UGA. Information for academic year 2020-21 will be coming soon. For your reference, here is complete 2019-20 Auxiliary audition information. 

If you have further questions about audition procedures, please email