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. See below for more specific information about each of the bands.
EIU has three concert bands–Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Symphonic Band–the Panther Marching Band (fall only), and the EIU Basketball Band (spring only). There are also two Jazz Big Bands and three Jazz Combos. Click here to be re-directed to the Jazz Ensembles page.
The Wind Symphony requires an audition, and the Panther Marching Band drumline and color guard requires an audition. The Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and the Marching Band require part placement hearings at the beginning of the academic year. Part placement auditions for the are designed to place you on the part you are best suited to play, and these auditions include no prepared pieces for the first class meeting. A couple of very short excerpts from the band music will be assigned at the first class meeting and part placement auditions will take place at the second class meeting.
We know how busy you'll be as a college student, so we work diligently to minimize the time involved, while maximizing the musical experience. The concert bands meet between 1:40 minutes–4 hours per week depending on the ability level of the group.
All you have to do is register for the Concert or Symphonic Band as if it were a normal academic class and show up the first day the class meets. The course number for first semester freshmen is:
MUS 0201R—Concert Band
MUS 0203R—Eastern Symphonic Band