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Bands Acceptance Audition

ALL STUDENTS are encouraged to perform in one of the many ensembles which make up the University of Illinois Bands program.  We offer an array of concert and athletic bands to fit most any student's needs, and we also have a number of instruments which are available to students who perform in our ensembles. You do not need to be a music major to participate in the Illinois Bands program...due to the size of our program, the majority of our alumni are non-music majors!   

Concert ensemble auditions are held during the first week of school each semester. All students (music majors and non-majors) audition at this time for ensembles. The "Unified Audition" is for placement into the upper two bands and orchestras: Wind Symphony, Wind Orchestra, University Symphony, Philharmonia). The Unified Audition requires prepared excerpts. The "Standard Audition" is for placement in our other concert bands: Hindsley Symphonic Band, University Band, Campus Band.  

Non-music majors may audition for any of our ensembles. Students with All-State Band/Orchestra profile are encouraged to take the Unified Audition. Click here for more information about the Unified and Standard Auditions, including musical excerpts.


Those accepted to the University of Illinois School of Music must go through the Unified Audition, not the Standard Audition.

All students––including music majors––must set up an audition to participate in the Marching Illini or Fighting Illini Athletic Bands. Click here for more information.   

Contact the Illinois Bands Main Office at 217-333-3025 or email us at

Note: To audition for the MARCHING ILLINI, ILLINETTES, COLORGUARD, FEATURE TWIRLER, DRUMLINE - click here for audition information.