2017 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 "N-Side View" (usually held in mid-November) or the spring "N-Side View" (usually held in early March).  Otherwise, auditions may be arranged on an individual basis by emailing Dr. Jeffrey Mathews ( or Mr. Dan McDonald (

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.

Download band brochure HERE.


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.


2017 Color Guard Auditions

Auditions for the 2017 "Demon Heat" Color Guard will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016 and Saturday, April 21, 2017 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 future with detailed information concerning the audition process.  Please contact Dr. Jeffrey Mathews (, Ms. Estelle Murr ( for) or Mr. Dan McDonald ( for immediate addtiional information.   




2017 NSU Drumline Auditions


Drumline audition clinics will be held in the spring semester.  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. Oliver Molina at or 318-357-5989 for additional information.


2017 Demon Dazzler Auditions

Auditions for the 2017 "Demon Dazzlers" will be held in the spring of 2017 in the dance studio of the CAPA building at Northwestern State University.  Information concerning the auditions will be posted on this site in the future.  If you need immediate information, please email Dr. Jeffrey Mathews (, Renee Oates ( or Mr. Dan McDonald ( for immediate addtiional information.    





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.