FAQ’s

Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band

1. Do I have to be in the Corps of Cadets to be in the Aggie Band?

Yes you do. Go to http://corps.tamu.edu/ for more information.

2. What about auditions for the Aggie Bands?

See our Auditions Information

3. Can I be in the Aggie Band and another band?

Yes. Membership in a concert ensemble or jazz band is open to (but not required of) members of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.

4. Are instruments available for me to use?

Yes. We encourage you to use your own instrument but certain instruments are provided when needed.

5. Is there a military obligation after college if I am in the Corps?

Maybe. You will decide after your first two years in the Corps if you want to follow a military career path. If you choose not to, you can remain in the corps and band and will be considered a “drill and ceremony” cadet.

6. Will I be able to do well in classes and be in the Aggie Band?

Yes. Ample class and study time is provided and required as part of your membership in the band. There is also academic help and tutoring available through the band units and the Corps.

7. When does the Aggie Band practice?

The Texas Aggie Band rehearses Monday through Friday, 7:00 – 8:30 AM. Indoor rehearsals are held in the E.V. Adams Band Building and drill rehearsals take place on the Haney Drill Field located adjacent to the band hall.

8. Are scholarships available for being in the Aggie Band?

Not directly through the band but there are many scholarships available through the Corps of Cadets.

9. What is the difference between the outfits?

There is no official difference. The personalities within the units make the difference. Plan to attend a Spend the Night with the Corps to see which one is for you.

10. Can I be in the Aggie Band and other student activities?

Yes. In fact you are encouraged to do so.

Concert Bands

1. Do I have to be in the Corps of Cadets to be in a concert ensemble?

No. Each of the concert ensembles are open to all students of the University.

2. What do I do about auditions for a concert ensemble?

See our Auditions information

3. Are there instruments available for my use?

Maybe. We encourage you to use your own instrument but certain instruments are available when needed.

4. Will I have time to be in a concert ensemble with my heavy course load?

Yes. Depending on which band you are in, you will only meet two or three times a week. We do not do sectionals, extra rehearsals etc…. You will find band takes far less time at A&M than you are used to in high school.

5. Are there Scholarships available for playing in the concert ensembles?

No. However, with A&M’s “flat tuition” policy, it will not cost you any extra tuition to be in the band.

6. Are there winds and percussion in the String Orchestra?

When full orchestra works are performed, wind and percussion players are selected from enrolled members of the University Bands.

Jazz Ensembles

1. Do I have to be in the Corps of Cadets to be in a jazz ensemble?

No. Membership in each of the jazz ensembles is open to all students of the University.

2. What do I do about auditions for the jazz bands?

See our Audition Information

3. Are instruments available for my use?

Maybe. We encourage you to use your own instrument but certain instruments are available when needed.

4. Will I have time to be in the band with my heavy course load?

Yes. Depending on which band you are in, you will only meet two or three times a week. We do not do sectionals, extra rehearsals etc…. You will find band takes far less time at A&M than you are used to in high school.

5. Are there scholarships available for playing in the band?

No. However, with A&M’s “flat tuition” policy, it will not cost you any extra tuition to be in the band.

Orchestra

1. When do I audition for the orchestra?

For incoming freshman and transfer students, Orchestra auditions take place beginning two weeks prior to the fall semester. For current A&M students, auditions take place toward the end of each semester.

2. What do I play for the audition?

See our Audition information.

3. Can woodwind, brass and percussion players sign up for orchestra?

The woodwind, brass and percussion players are taken from the university bands when the orchestra performs full orchestra literature. To perform with the orchestras, these students must first complete an audition and join one of the concert bands. Students volunteer for the orchestra and are taken based on their placement in the university bands.

4. Are there instruments available for my use?

The orchestra has a number of string basses which are available for checkout at no charge. All other instruments must be provided by the students.

5. Will I have time to be in a concert ensemble with my heavy course load?

Yes. The orchestras only meet for 2 1⁄2 hours a week and have few outside rehearsals to prepare the full orchestra literature. We do not have outside of class sectionals. You will find orchestra takes far less time at A&M than you are used to in high school.

6. Are there scholarships available for playing in the orchestras?

No. Students play in the orchestra at A&M on a volunteer basis. Scholarships should be pursued at the local level or through the college the student will be entering.