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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 (roughly 12-13 each semester). 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: TBD (pepband@umn.edu)

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 pm – 9:05 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.

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 pm – 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.

Director: Skeeter Burroughs (pepband@umn.edu)

Auditions

Fall 2021 Minnesota Athletic Pep Band Audition Information:

Prospective Members

  1. Fill out the Prospective Member Information Form
  2. Wind Instruments: Prepare music found under the Audition Music section below.
  3. Drum set: Prepare four different styles of music to be recorded and submitted in one video. Perform the following styles (approximately 30 seconds each) with at least two fills per style. Styles to be performed include: Funk, Swing, Slow Rock, and Fast Rock
  4. Drumline: Perform their prospective part to the Minnesota Rouser and to the drum cadence Ski-U-Mah. Prospective members auditioning on bass drum must perform the snare drum part to both Minnesota Rouser and Ski-U-Mah cadence. 
  5. Submit your video audition here no later than Tuesday September 7, 2021.

Returning Members

  1. Fill out the Returning Member Information Form
  2. Wind Instruments: Prepare Minnesota March found under the Audition Music section below.
  3. Drum Set: Read and follow Drum Set audition information under “Prospective Member” section
  4. Drumline: Read and complete Drumline audition information under “Prospective Member” section
  5. Submit your video audition here no later than Tuesday September 7, 2021.

Audition Music