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Athletic Bands

Carolina Basketball Band

Get ready for an exciting season of Gamecock Basketball! The Carolina Basketball Band cheers on the men’s and women’s basketball teams both at home and during tournament play. Get courtside seats for every home game and travel to all post-season tournaments to hear the band and support the teams.

Members of the Carolina Basketball Band are made up of a pool of musicians who perform for all men’s and women’s home basketball games in Colonial Life Arena and are an integral part of the in-game atmosphere.

Membership in the band is open to all students regardless of major or classification. Members are selected by audition, receive a stipend for participation, and rotate playing for assigned events throughout the season. You do not need to be a member of the marching band to participate.

Instrumentation includes piccolos, clarinets, alto and tenor saxophones, trumpets, mellophones, trombones, baritones, sousaphones, bass guitar and drum set (players should be proficient in various rock, swing and Latin styles). Instruments can be provided for brass players, and drummers needn’t have their own drum set.

The Carolina Basketball Bands are directed by Jay Jacobs. E-mail Dr. Jacobs with questions regarding the audition process and schedule.

2020 Auditions

Location: Copenhaver Band Hall, 326 Sumter Street

Basketball Band auditions for piccolos, clarinets, saxophones and mellophones - Monday, September 14, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Auditions for trumpets, trombones, baritones and tubas - Monday, September 21, 5:00-7:00 p.m..
Students with course conflicts during those audition times may audition Tuesday, September 22, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 24, 7:00–9:00 p.m. – Rehearsal for all members. Drummers and bass guitars audition.
Bass guitars should plan to audition 1) on tuba parts for the traditional school songs, found here 2) on improvised fills/riffs played with the drummers – used to fill time at games 3) on other pieces rehearsed.

Additional rehearsals: Thursday, October 8, 7:00–9:00 p.m. and Thursday, October 29, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Audition information and music here.

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