University Bands


Ensemble Placement Auditions


University Bands Ensemble Audition Process


An ensemble placement audition is required for talent grant recipients, as well as music majors and non-majors wishing to participate in Wind Ensemble, Concert Band & Pep Band.

All auditions will be live and on campus.

Student Audition Process:
  • Download audition music by clicking the "Download Audition Music" tab
  • See "Audition Schedule" tab on this page to find your time and room
  • Show up to the room 10 minutes before your audition time and sign up for a time (see graduate student in charge)
  • When it's your time, you will enter the room and play for the adjudicators (unable to see you/behind a screen)
  • You may be asked scales and a short sight-reading demo will be requested


  • A committee will meet Tuesday evening and coordinate results with Talent Grant Assignments
  • Ensemble placements will be uploaded to the "Audition Results" tab. 
  • If you are assigned an instrument you may not own (bass clarinet, baritone sax, etc.) meet with your director before the first rehearsal. You will receive an instrument checkout form to take to the instrument room to acquire the instrument. 


* Note: University Band and Marching Band do not require auditions.


WIU School of Music/Music Major Audition Process


Please visit our School of Music Audition Guideline to learn about majoring in music at WIU.

Official Audition Schedule


Fall 2022


Auditions will be in person following the schedule listed below:

January 15, 2023 (Sunday*)

Flute  2:00pm  Browne 215

Saxophone  2:00  Browne 130

Percussion  2:00pm  Browne 129

Clarinet  3:30pm Browne 130

Trumpet 3:30pm Browne 129


January 17, 2023 (Tuesday)

Oboe/Bassoon  2:00pm  Browne 205

Trombone/Euphonium  2:00pm  Browne 129 

Horn  2:00pm  Browne 215

Tuba  4:00pm  Browne 129


*If you are unable to attend the Sunday audition, a makeup audition will occur on Tuesday, January 17 at a time to be determined. 


If you need more information, please contact the Bands Office: Dr. Fansler (

Download Music for Ensemble Auditions

To prepare for your upcoming semester auditions, please download the PDF of your audition music. Be sure and identify any/all brackets that indicate where to start and stop the excerpt. The audition dates for next semester's ensemble auditions are found on the "Current Students/Audition Process and Schedule" page on this website. Good luck!

Audition Packets

Spring 2023

    Flute Audition Music

Fall 2022

    Bassoon Audition Music

    Clarinet Audition Music - Eggboy's Birthday Cake
    Clarinet Audition Music - Russian Christmas Music
    Clarinet Audition Music - Symphonie IV

    Flute Audition Music

    Horn Audition Music


    Percussion Audition

    Saxophone Audition Music

Trombone and Euphonium
    Tenor Trombone Audition Music (p1)
    Tenor Trombone Audition Music (p2)

    Trumpet Audition Music


Fall 2022 Tuba Ensemble Placement Auditions. Audition material will be selected from the below music.
    Bel Canto etude No. 3 (all)
    Snedecor etude No. 4 (all)
    Tyrell Etude No. 13 (all)
    Pictures at an exhibition rehearsal 92-93
    All 12 major scales
    Possible Sight-reading

Email Dr. Land at ( if you have any questions

Semester Audition Results


Spring 2023 - Results:


  • Wind Ensemble (First Rehearsal is Wednesday, January 18 from 3:00 - 5:00 in Browne 129)
  • Concert Band (First Rehearsal is Thursday, January 19 from 3:00 - 5:00 in Browne 129)
  • University Band 

Audition for Westernettes Dance Team

The The Westernettes Dance Team is the Division I collegiate dance team for Western Illinois University. During the fall, we are part of the Marching Leathernecks, where we perform at all home football games and with the marching band in parades, half-time shows, side-lines, and the Marching Band Classic.

During the winter months, we are part of the WIU Pep Band and perform at all home men's and women's basketball games, which can include travelling and performing at the nationally televised Summit League Basketball Tournament in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The team's foremost purpose is to support Leatherneck Athletics, enhancing game excitement and crowd involvement. If you would like to know more information about the team please feel free to browse our website Westernettes Dance Team