UT Bands: Questions and Answers

Students may choose to earn a minor in music (24 credit hours) to pursue their interest in music while focusing on their major degree program. Students who are passionate about music may elect to pursue a double major in music and another field. If you are considering a major or minor in music, please complete an audition request form.


How do I get involved in a UT Band (concert, jazz, pep)?

Please complete a band membership application.

Do I have to audition to be in a band?

The UT Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble hold placement auditions during the first week of classes in the fall. The Spartan Band (pep band) is open to all students who have high school band experience. No audition is required.

Do I have to be a music major or minor to play in a band?

No, students of any major may participate in the UT bands. 

May I be in more than one band?

Yes. Many students choose to play in two bands, a few play in all three plus sing in a choir. Students enrolled in band classes may also choose to take private lessons. All bands and private lessons are official UT courses that earn academic credit applicable towards any UT degree.

I'll be a Bio-Chem major at UT. Will I have time to be in the band?

Again, yes! Students of various majors participate in the bands. In fact, several band members are pursuing double majors. Rehearsals are held only during the published course schedule times. Rehearsal and performance schedules are published in the course syllabus at the beginning of each semester.  

Do I have to audition to be in the band?

The Spartan Band is open to all students who have high school band experience. No audition is required. The Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble hold placement auditions during the first week of classes in the fall.

Will I get college credit for playing in the band?

Absolutely! All bands are academic classes that earn one credit each; play in two bands, and you earn two credits. These credits are applicable to graduation requirements for all degrees at UT in the humanities section of the baccalaureate core.

May I get a scholarship for playing in the band?

Music scholarship auditions are separate from the auditions for the Wind and Jazz Ensembles noted above. Music scholarships are awarded primarily to music majors and minors. Scholarship auditions have specific requirements and must be completed by March 1 prior to the student's entering semester.

I love band, but am I good enough to be in a UT band?

Yes! If you played throughout high school, you will be ready for a great UT band experience. If you missed a year or so of band because of class scheduling conflicts, it's still possible to join. Just dust off your instrument, and get your chops working again over the summer; you'll be fine.

Who are the directors?

The Wind Ensemble and Spartan Band are directed by Jeff Traster, jtraster@ut.edu, UT director of bands and music education. Traster also teaches tuba and plays with The Tampa Brass. The UT Jazz Ensemble is directed by trumpet professor Aric Brian.

OK, I’m interested! How do I join?
Please complete a band membership application.

 

Information about how to get started in the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Spartan Band will be sent in May and throughout the summer to your UT email address. Be sure you have access to your UT email; check it regularly for the latest fall information.

More information about SPARTAN BAND (pep band)

NOTE: The fall schedule for Spartan Band members begins on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. 
*Band members staying in UT residence halls have early move-in privileges.
  • Check-in for all students in campus housing is at the Residence Life Office in the Vaughn Center on the second floor. Plan to arrive between 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. to get your room key.
  • On Sunday evening at 5 p.m. there is a Spartan Band meet-and-greet cookout event at the Music Department. Rehearsals begin on Monday morning in preparation for performances during Orientation Week.
The Orientation Week band schedule coordinates with the general Orientation Week schedule for incoming students.
Band students who are arriving early for other campus organization activities such as ELITE, please contact Jeff Traster so that those activities may be coordinated with band rehearsals. 

Spartan Band Officers for 2013-2014

How do I join?

Please complete a UT band membership application. You will receive further information about course registration and how to get started in the fall via email.