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The Bulldog Marching Band and Music Department are combining the scholarship/stipend applications in addition to holding all auditions on the same day. The Fresno State Department of Music Audition Day provides prospective students an opportunity to audition for department faculty and become eligible for departmental scholarships. 


Auditions for the Bulldog Marching Band Winds, Bulldog Beat, Music Department Instrumentalists, and Music Department Vocalists will take place on the same day. Students who are auditioning for more than one area will be scheduled for separate audition times. You do not need to be a Music Major to apply and audition for Marching Band or Bulldog Beat Scholarship.


Audition Days will take place on:

(Colorguard) - May 7, 2016 at the Student Rec Center

(Percussion Clinic) - May 6-7, 2016 in the Music Building Foyer
























Scholarships and Auditions

Fresno State Drumline
Fresno State Band
Fresno State Colorguard

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There are no woodwind or brass auditions for the Bulldog Marching Band.


Bulldog Marching Band Registration will take place in the University Bands Office. 

Music Major Registration will take place in the Department of Music Lobby

Please park in Lot C. Click here for a Campus Map.


Bulldog Beat

Bulldog Beat is a jazz/rock/funk/pep public relations band much like those in our country’s theme parks. Members of the two separate Bulldog Beat Bands tour for one week in January to high schools throughout California. Scholarships from $2,100 to $2,800 are offered to members of these prestigious groups, which perform at community events, men and women’s basketball home games, and most home volleyball games. Members of this fine group are the nucleus of the marching band and the basketball band. The instrumentation is determined each year by the talent that is discovered through scholarship auditions. Bulldog Beat Auditions took place in January 2016.


Marching Band Stipend

At the end of the Marching Band season, every member in the Marching Band is awarded a stipend as a token of gratitude for their commitment. The amount of the stipend varies, depending how many years that member has been involved in the Marching Band.


For scholarship information about these ensembles, contact Sindi McGuire at


What is required for an audition?


  • 2016 Color Guard and Percussion dates are as follows:

    • May 7, 2016- (Colorguard)

      May 6-7, 2016 - (Percussion Clinic)

  • There will be no Twirler auditions for the 2016-2017 season. However, we encourage Twirler participation.

  • Any Questions about Colorguard/Percussion Auditions? Contact Eileen Zacharczyp at


2. Schedule an audition time and obtain more information by contacting the appropriate persons below:

Instrumental Auditions: Sindi McGuire at

Voice Auditions: Sindi McGuire at


3. Prepare for your auditions

  • Bulldog Beat: Those wishing to audition for Scholarship opportunities need to be prepared to play any of the listed Scales and an Etude for their particular instrument.

  • Percussion Audition Music: Percussion audition music has not been released.

  • Instrumental Auditions: Applicants for admission should be prepared to perform one or more selections that represent your highest level of performance. An accompanist will not be provided for instrumental auditions. Students may use an accompaniment CD or bring their own accompanist.

  • Voice Auditions: Applicants for admission should prepare two classical songs, one of which must be in a language other than English. Songs must be memorized and please bring two copies of your music to the audition.

Note: Those auditioning for Bulldog Beat Scholarships should complete the same application. Please note that Bulldog Beat auditions for drum set, key board, and bass guitar will occur on the same audition date.


Questions can be directed to Eileen Zacharczyp at or (559) 278-5086.

For more information on how to Apply to be a Music Major go to 

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