University Bands

Ensemble Placement Auditions

University Bands Ensemble Audition Process

A 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.*

  • Download audition music by clicking the "download audition music" tab.

Update for Spring 2021:

  • Auditions will be video recording and submitted electronically to a Google Folder
  • Link for your  video audition recording
  • Upload your video recording to the appropriate folder, e.g.: A flutist would click "Woodwinds" and then "Flute" and upload there. 
  • RETAIN a copy of your video audition recording in case of an internet/user glitch
  • The brass and woodwind auditions will be due by Tuesday, January 19 by 12:00pm (noon)
  • The percussion auditions will be due by Friday, January 22 by 12:00pm (noon)
  • NOTE: There is no sight reading this spring

Your audition will be adjudicated as follows:

  • The  applied faculty in your area will score your audition (brass faculty, woodwind faculty, percussion faculty)
  • All applicable ensemble faculty will score your audition
  • All scores will be averaged and seating will be decided by the averaged score

Results will be posted on this page, via the tab "Audition Results."

  • The Bands Area will post rankings per section for the whole band, per usual, even though we will be in smaller groups to start. 

* Note: University Band and Pep 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


Spring 2021 audition schedule --->Online<----


Please see "Audition Process" tab on this page.
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 2021 now uploaded

     Bassoon Audition Music

Bass Clarinet and Soprano Clarinet
     Bass Clarinet - Etudes
     Soprano Clarinet - Etude No. 32

     Flute Ensemble Audition Repertoire

     Horn Audition Repertoire

     Oboe Audition Instructions
     Oboe Audition Excerpts

     Percussion Audition

     Saxophone Audition Repertoire

     Bass Trombone
     Tenor Trombone and Euphonium

     Trumpet Audition Music

     Tyrell etude number 29, measures 1-40
     Fink etude number 18, all

Semester Audition Results


Spring 2021 - Results: Updated 01/19/21


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