2015 Horn Line Auditions

Auditions for membership in the "Spirit of Northwestern" may be arranged on an individual basis.   There are no set dates for auditions but students are encouraged to audition at the "Fall Senior Day" (usually held in mid-November) or the "Spring Senior Day" (usually held in early March).  Otherwise, auditions may be arranged on an individual basis by emailing or

If you are planning on majoring in music, we prefer to arrange a "lesson" with the Northwestern State studio faculty member who is the professor of your instrument.  The faculty member will meet you for about 45 minutes to hear you play music that you have prepared and to explain the requirements for performing in his/her studio.  Students should be prepared to perform the etude or solo of their choice, as well as the 12-major scales and to sightread.

For future SON members who are majoring in an academic area other than music, a solo or etude that you feel demonstrates your finest performance is all that is required.  The playing of scales and sightreading is not a part of the audition process for non-music majors.

Band performance scholarships, as well as out-of-state fee waivers, are available to all students who qualify.  To receive the out-of-state fee wavier, students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA upon graduation from high school.

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All SON band members are expected to provide white marching band shoes, to purchase at least one set of "spirit socks" to be worn with the summer uniform and to pay an annual small "Social Fee" that provides soft drinks and food for some band parties.  Northwestern State University provides instruments and uniforms as well as paying for all transportation and meal expenses when the "Spirit of Northwestern" travels.


2015 Color Guard Auditions

Auditions for the 2014 "Demon Heat" Color Guard will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Health and P.E. Majors Building on the Northwestern Campus beginning at 8:30 a.m.  A complete packet of information will be posted on this website in the near future with detailed information concerning the audition process.  Please contact or for immediate addtiional information.   




2015 NSU Drumline Auditions


Drumline audition clinics will be held in the spring semester on March 28 and May 2, 2015 from 9am-6pm.   Each clinic will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the NSU Band Room.  Prospective members are encouraged to attend at least one of the camps.  Please contact Mr. Kenneth Green, NSU Professor of Percussion at or 318-357-5885 for additional information.


2015 Demon Dazzler Auditions

Auditions for the 2015 "Demon Dazzlers" will be held on April 18, 2015 at the Health and P. E. Major's Building at Northwestern State University.  Information concerning the auditions will be posted on this site in the near future.  If you need immediate information, please email Jeff Mathews or Renee Oates





Scholarships are available to all students who participate in the "Spirit of Northwestern." Band scholarships amouants are based on an audition, high school achievement and letters of recommendation. Working with the Financial Aid office and the Office of Admissions, students may be eligible for additional help that would cover the majority of their college expenses. Out-of-state fee waivers are also available to students who maintain a 2.5 GPA. For more information, contact Jeff Mathews, Director of Bands, Ken Green, Associate Professor of Percussion, or Assistant Director of Bands, Dan McDonald.