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Athletic Pep Bands

Each of the three pep band performs at approximately 25 regular season events between late September and early March. In addition, bands perform at several post-season events as the teams progress through conference and NCAA tournaments. Attendance at all pep bands rehearsals is required. All inquiries regarding participation in the University of Minnesota Athletic Bands should be directed to pepband@umn.edu. More information on auditions can be found below.

Gopher Pep Band

The Gopher Band primarily plays at women's basketball games, but it also plays at some volleyball, men's basketball, and men's and women's hockey games. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings from 7–8 pm in the Marching Band facility at TCF Bank Stadium. Enter via the Pope County sign marker on the North side of the stadium near Gate B. All first year pep band members begin as members of the Gopher Band.

Director: Roy Pienaar

Gold Pep Band

The Gold Band primarily plays at men's basketball games, but it also plays at some volleyball, women's basketball, and men's and women's hockey games. Prior participation in Gopher Band is a prerequisite for this class. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings from 8:05–9:05 p.m. in the marching band facility at TCF Bank Stadium. Enter via the Pope County sign marker on the North side of the stadium near Gate B.

Director: Skeeter Burroughs (pepband@umn.edu)

Maroon Pep Band

The Maroon Band primarily plays at men's hockey games, but it also plays at some volleyball, women's hockey, and men's and women's basketball games. Prior participation in Gopher Band is a prerequisite for this class. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings from 7–8 p.m. in the Marching Band facility at TCF Bank Stadium. Enter via the Pope County sign marker on the North side of the stadium near Gate B.

Director: Skeeter Burroughs (pepband@umn.edu)

Auditions

Athletic Pep Band auditions are scheduled for the evenings of Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7, 2016 beginning at 7:00 p.m. A sign-up sheet will be posted on outside the Marching Band entrance of TCF Bank Stadium by Friday, September 2, 2016. A preliminary rehearsal and performance schedule will be available at the audition. The Marching Band entrance is under Pope County marker on the north side of the stadium, next to Gate B.

Drum set auditions will take place beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Drumline auditions will take place beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday. There will be audition times reserved on the sign-up sheet.

Audition Music

Drumline

Prospective Athletic Band Drumline members will be responsible for playing their part to the Minnesota Rouser and to the drum cadence Ski-U-Mah.

Drumline auditions will take place beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.

Drum Set

Drum set players will be asked to demonstrate a variety of styles with appropriate fills on the drum set including swing, rock and Latin. Additionally, you will be responsible for interpreting the drumline parts (all of them at once–snare, tenors, bass and cymbal) for the Minnesota Rouser and performing it on the drum set.

Drum set auditions will take place beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.