No! The University Bands at EIU are open to any and all EIU students, regardless of major. In fact, almost all academic majors on the EIU campus are represented in the bands! Musicians of all levels with some playing experience are welcome as long as they wish to make a musical contribution.
EIU has three concert bands, The Panther Marching Band, and the EIU Basketball Band. There are also two Jazz Bands and several Jazz — check out the "Jazz Ensembles" link. Wind Symphony, Concert Band, and the Panther Marching Band meet in the fall semester. Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Eastern Symphonic Band, and Basketball Band meet in the Spring semester. It is possible to be in more than one band at a time.
The Wind Symphony and Basketball Band have formal auditions. The Concert Band is a non-auditioned ensemble open to all students. The only auditions for the Concert Band, the Eastern Symphonic Band, and the Marching Band are part placement hearings. Part placement auditions for the University Bands are designed to place you on the part you are best suited to play, and involve no prepared pieces before the first class meeting.
We know how busy you can be as a college student, so we work diligently to minimize the time involved, while maximizing the musical experience. The concert bands meet between 2-4 hours per week depending on the group.
Please click here to visit the Panther Marching Band website for more information and to register for the band.
All you have to do is register for the Concert Band as if it were a normal academic class. The course number for first semester freshmen is:
MUS 0200A-001 (CRN–96649)