Blazer Marching Band
The Belhaven "Blazer" Marching Band is an exciting and dynamic ensemble comprised of both music and non-music majors. Made up from almost every field of study, it is one of the larger co-ed organizations on the campus. Approximately 85% of the members are not music majors. The band is a vital part of the Belhaven University Athletics; performing at all home football games, some away games, parades, and marching exhibitions. Auditions are required. After your audition, you may be eligible for additional aid based on your performance level and family financial need. Experience great camaraderie among Blazer Band members, experiencing great social opportunities and friendships that last a lifetime, as well as the pride of performing in one of Belhaven University's best-loved new music traditions. Band members consistently gain recognition on campus, and are active in many campus organizations. Other university ensembles open to membership are the Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Symphony Orchestra and numerous chamber groups.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will I have time as a freshman to be in band and still make good grades?
A: YES! The band rehearses only 90 minutes, three days a week. Many members of the band each year receive generous scholarships and assistantships to graduate schools in their areas of study.
Q: Will I have time to participate in service and social activities outside of the band?
A: YES! Many members of the band participate in numerous social and service activities for Belhaven University. Some also serve as council members, senators or class or executive officers. Many Blazers band members also maintain active memberships and serve as officers in campus social clubs.
Q: What if I'm not good enough to be in the Marching Band?
A: We have members from every size high school, with diverse levels of ability including those with little or no experience. At this time about 85% of the band members are non-music majors. If you can play your instrument, we can teach you the rest. We use "corps" style marching which can be learned quickly and easily. We welcome anyone who wishes to participate. There is no need to feel nervous or intimidated!
Q: Are we required to attend every football game, even the away ones?
A: NO! The band performs at the home football games (usually 5-6) and maybe one away game. There are several open weekends that will allow you plenty of time to go home and visit friends and family, or even hold a part-time job, if you wish.
Q: How can I become a member of the band? Are auditions necessary?
A: There is an audition process for the marching band. Simply enroll in MUS175 (credit). One-hour credit allows you to receive a grade toward your GPA and costs one hour of tuition. The non-credit option allows you to pay a nominal participation fee and though the grade appears on your transcript, it does not affect your GPA. Regardless of your enrollment option, grading criteria are the same for all members.
Q: How are you graded?
A: The grading policy is based almost exclusively on attitude and attendance. If you are at rehearsals and performances, it will be an easy A!
Q: Do you provide instruments?
A: We can provide all large marching instruments including sousaphones, baritones, percussion, marching French horns, etc.
Q: What if I've already registered and band is not on my schedule?
A: If you have already registered and have a conflict with the band time, we would be glad to work with you to make band possible in your schedule. With freshman level courses, there are almost always additional sections available of the courses you need. If you do have a conflict, simply contact your advisor to add the course.
Q: Are scholarships still available for participating in band?
A: Because of your interest in Belhaven, we will be pleased to offer you an initial scholarship award based on your GPA and ACT scores. After your band audition review, you may be eligible for additional aid based on your level of achievement and family financial need.
- Apply to Belhaven to begin the process of your acceptance to the University.
- Submit/report your high school GPA and either your ACT or SAT test scores. Based on this information, we will offer you a scholarship that recognizes your academic achievement.
- Plan a campus visit for an audition and review by the Director of Band. Your portfolio will be taken into consideration as we complete your final scholarship award package.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA will let us know how much federal assistance OR Belhaven need-based assistance you are eligible to receive. Regardless of what you think your family might qualify for from the federal government, we STRONGLY encourage you to complete the FAFSA, as Belhaven’s grants are typically more generous than the government estimates.
- When we have all your information (academic record, portfolio, and FAFSA), you will receive a comprehensive financial aid package influenced by all three of these factors.
- Feel free to contact the admission office at any time (1-800-960-5940 or email@example.com)to learn more or to meet with an admission counselor.
Please contact us for more information: Ben Burge, Marching Band Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I Audition for The Blazer Band?
Contact Ben Burge, Marching Band Director at email@example.com set up an audition date and time. Auditions are scheduled Monday through Saturday (excluding holidays), 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Auditions include all major scales, the chromatic scale, a prepared solo or etude, and sight reading.
- If you are unable to audition in person, you may submit a custom DVD representative scales, a solo and/or etude.
- You will be informed of your audition results by letter.
- Fill out the online prospective student application Prospective Student Application
Blazer Color Guard
The Blazer Color guard adds a visual component to the marching band. Members are not required to play an instrument in any concert bands but are encouraged to participate in other areas of the Belhaven University Music Department. If you are looking to continue your color guard career or want to try something new, the Blazer color guard is a great way to make friends, get involved, and cheer on the Blazer football team.
Potential members should have at least one year of color guard experience. Exceptions can be made on an individual basis, especially for those with experience in twirling, cheerleading or drill team.
The color guard is required to be present at all rehearsals and performances, including football games, parades, etc. The color guard rehearses with the band. Sectional days and times will be determined by the co-captains and members based on schedules.
All color guard members are eligible.
A brief audition consisting of basic fundamentals must be done prior to acceptable to the Color Guard Line. For more information please contact Ben Burge, Marching Band Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
All members of the color guard must be enrolled in band. Band can be taken either for credit, no-credit.
The auditions for color guard captain are held in the spring. To audition for a leadership position, one year of experience in the Blazer color guard is required.
During the audition, you will demonstrate the following:
- Flag fundamentals while standing in place & while marching.
- Marching Skills / Body Movement
- Drop Spins
- Speed Spins
- Wind Mills / Back Scratches
- Blue Devils
- A Variety of Tosses (ie. Vertical Toss, Horizontal Toss, Speed Spin Toss, Blue Devils Toss)
- Jazz Run
- Chasse (sha-Say)
- Saute (soh-Tay)
- Forward March / Backwards March
- Left & Right Slides
- Flag routine that will be taught to you including a choreographed dance segment.
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