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.

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 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.

Audition Schedule - Spring 2024

Date: Sunday, January 14, 2024
Time Browne 215 Browne 130
11:00-12:00 Saxophone Flute
12:00-1:00 Clarinet Oboe/Bassoon
1:00-2:00 Trumpet Trombone
2:00-3:00 Horn Euph/Tuba

*If you are unable to attend the Sunday audition, please email your studio professor to discuss your options. 

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 - Fall 2024 Audition Music

Bassoon - Audition Music

Bassoon - Audition Music

Clarinet - Audition Music

Flute - Audition Music

Oboe - Audition Music

Percussion - Concert Percussion Audition Music

Trombone - Tenor Trombone Audition Music, Bass Trombone Audition Music

Trumpet - Audition Music

Tuba - Audition Music

Euphonium Ensemble - Audition Music



Spring 2024

  • Wind Ensemble -- (First Rehearsal is Wednesday, January 17th for Wind Ensemble and University Band, and Thursday January 18th for Concert 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