Sycamore Basketball Band
Who can participate in the Sycamore Basketball Band?
Any student who is enrolled at Indiana State University and plays piccolo, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, mellophone, trombone, baritone, sousaphone, or drumset, is eligible to participate. The band has members representing majors from early every discipline on campus.
Are there auditions for the ensemble?
Depends. If you are a wind player and you participate in the Marching Sycamores in the Fall, there is no audition for entry into the Sycamore Basketball Band. If you are not in marching band, I won’t know how you play, therefore you will have to audition for the group. Additionally, the drumset spot is by audition only. These auditions typically take place in early October.
Do I need to have been in marching band to participate in basketball band?
No, but you WILL have to audition (if you were not in Marching Band, I won’t know how you play, therefore the audition). Keep in mind that preference will always be given to those that have participated in the Marching Sycamores, so if we find ourselves with an overabundance of piccolos for Basketball Band one year, we will most likely only take those that also put in the time to be in the Marching Band.
Will I need to bring my own instrument?
Either that, or you can rent one (check under the General Information answers for instructions on how to rent an instrument from ISU).
Will I need to purchase anything for this band?
At the moment, we are trying to work out a plan whereby we can provide your uniforms for free. If we cannot do so, you may have to pay a small fee for your uniform (whatever it ends up being), but it will not “break your bank.”
Will I have time to participate in the Sycamore Basketball Band?
Only you know your own schedule, and are best positioned to make that decision, but in a nutshell...YES! Many of our members have heavy academic loads and have been quite able to manage all the responsibility without issue. It's all part of being an adult. Do bear in mind, you won't have to participate in every game (we have a block system that draws from a pool of performers), which gives you some flexibility. Also keep in mind that we will be done with regular rehearsals by mid-February, or whenever the music has been worked through.
Is being a member of the Sycamore Basketball Band fun?
It is indeed! Where else can you play fun music ranging from Heavy Metal to Arena Rock to Synthpop to Hip Hop to Funk, all while yelling your head off for your team? Basketball games at the Hulman Center are a pretty rowdy affair, and the band brings much energy and fun to each contest.
Is the Sycamore Basketball Band a class?
Yes, all members of the Sycamore Basketball Band must be registered for the class (MUS 169B/369B). Students receive 1 credit hour for this course, though a 0-credit hour option is available for students who have maximized their credit allotment.
What is the class number?
All members of the Sycamore Basketball Band must register for MUS 169B (freshman and sophomores) or MUS 369B (juniors and seniors).
When does basketball season begin and when does it end?
The basketball season typically begins in mid- to late November and ends in mid-March. The band will play all home games save for a handful that occur over holiday breaks, and will play at all post-season tournaments (Missouri Valley Conference tournaments, NIT Tournament, NCAA Tournament) if qualified. This will involve traveling and overnight stays at the tournament sites. All travel expenses are covered by the Athletic Department.
How do I join?
Contact us and let us know what instrument you play, and you'll be placed on a list to send information to once Fall audition dates and rehearsal times become available.
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