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CWU Basketball Band

About the Ensemble

The CWU Basketball Band is an auditioned group of up to 48 players supporting the men and women’s basketball teams and other special events during the late fall/winter quarters. Auditions take place during fall quarter. Beginning 2020-21, the basketball band will consist of the following instrumentation: alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, mellophone, trombone, baritone, sousaphone, guitar, electric bass, and percussion (drum set). There are no flutes/piccolos or clarinets in the basketball band. Students from those sections are encouraged to audition on a secondary instrument within the above instrumentation listing.

Although the basketball band is not an academic class, students selected for the ensemble must adhere to a published performance schedule. The ensemble will have scheduled rehearsals during winter quarter and attendance is required. To assist, the season schedule is published in advance. Due to Covid-19, this schedule is currently still in development.

Performance Stipend

A performance stipend, which is unique and specific to the basketball band, is available for selected participants. Students receive a stipend per event (performance/ rehearsal). Current rate of stipend is $25.00/performance/rehearsal. To be eligible for the full amount, members are expected to be on time for call-time and to remain present for the duration of the performance/event. Failure to comply will result in a reduction of the performance stipend. Additional information on reduction of stipend is described below:

  • Unexcused tardy for rehearsal, Reduction of $5.00
  • Unexcused tardy for performance, Reduction of $10.00

Basketball Band and & Covid-19

It has not been determined if the basketball band will be used during basketball games for the upcoming 2021 season. These decisions will be made at a later date in consultation with public heath recommendations and Central Washington University. In the event live performances are not permitted, the basketball band will continue to rehearse weekly and record music to be distributed to the CWU athletic and the university community. Please be advised that due to a potential reduction or cancellation of performances at live games, the total overall stipend for the quarter may be reduced.

About the Audition Process

Each member of the basketball band must audition via electronic submission. Although you are encouraged to submit your audition materials before the deadline, submissions will be accepted through Sunday, November 15, 2020 by 11:59pm. Please note, audition materials submitted after this deadline will be accepted at the director’s discretion.

Members should submit audition materials (video link) using the Basketball Band Auditions Form. You will need to download the CWU Fight Song (PDF) for the audition. Please note, if you are using a YouTube link etc. for your submission, please ensure the videos are set to “unlisted” so your files can be accessed.

For questions please contact:
Professor Paul Bain, Associate Director of Bands