On Sunday, August 26th, a great article about the University of New Hampshire Wildcat Marching Band appeared on the front page of Foster's Sunday Citizen. The online version also includes video from the first marching rehearsal and from uniform fittings. Check it out!
Placement auditions for the UNH Wildcat Marching Band drumline battery will be held in July. As it has been in the past, both veterans and new members are expected to audition. This is for part placement only. No one will be cut. Front Ensemble members do not need to audition at this time.
Auditions will be held on Saturday, July 22nd, starting at noon. Following auditions, we will also have a mini-clinic, to give everyone a chance to play together for the first time. This will last approximately an hour. While the clinic is optional, we do hope you'll plan to stick around and make a day of your visit. It will also be a great chance to meet people.
Congratulations on your acceptance to UNH! We're looking forward to having you with us this fall and hope you'll join one or more of the bands. Our ensembles are not just for music majors. In fact, the Wildcat Marching Band, Beast of the East Band, and Concert Band are made up primarily of non-music majors. If you want to perform, we have a place for you.
This non-competitive event will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017. Seven high school bands from New England will be participating. This year we are honored to have with us guest composer/conductor Dr. Timothy Mahr, professor of music at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. During the course of the day, the ensembles will receive a forty-minute clinic from UNH Director of Bands Andrew Boysen on any piece of their choosing and a forty-minute clinic from Dr. Mahr on a piece of his that they have chosen (we hope that the opportunity to work with the actual composer on his own music will strengthen the experience for the students). The bands will also have the opportunity to observe clinics with other visiting bands, an opportunity that is rare these days, especially in a non-competitive and supportive environment. Finally, our UNH Wind Symphony will perform a concert (including some of Dr. Mahr's Symphony No. 1) for all participating ensembles in the middle of the day.
Ensembles are not expected to have music prepared at a festival level, and performances will not be adjudicated. It is our hope that the students will benefit from the clinics at any stage of their preparation for performance.