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Marching Ram Band

Marching Ram Band

General Information

The Marching “Ram Band” heightens the competitive atmosphere at football games through entertaining performances and a display of school spirit. The “Ram Band” is the largest student organization on campus and offers its students the opportunity to develop life skills through teamwork and leadership, on campus and beyond. In addition to performing at all home football games, the band generally travels to one away game each year. Regularly scheduled rehearsals now take place MWF 8:00-8:50 a.m. and TR 8:00-9:15 a.m.

With the exception of the twirlers, color guard, and drum line, there are no auditions to be part of the “Ram Band.” All students are welcome to participate regardless of their intended area of study. The Marching “Ram Band” offers participation scholarships to most of its members.

This is a fall-only ensemble. Marching band students are required to participate in Early Week Band Camp which will start on the Sunday one week before the first day of classes in the fall: Aug. 16, 2015. Please take a moment to complete the Prospective Student Form so that an information packet can be mailed to the appropriate address. Marching band music will be available on Blackboard to all registered students.

Audition Information

Drumline and color guard auditions are primarily for placement purposes and will be conducted during the first day of Early Week Band Camp.

Twirler and Angelette auditions usually take place in April for the upcoming fall season.

Drumline

Auditions for the 2015 ASU Drumline will be held at the beginning of our Early Week Training Camp in August 2015. Music will be posted on this website during March 2015 and an ASU Drumline Tume-Up day will be held on a Saturday during  April or May 2015. 

More information about the audition will be posted along with the audition materials.

If you have any questions about the ASU Drumline or Percussion Studies at ASU, please contact Dr. Gordon Hicken.

Color Guard

All students with high school color guard experience are encouraged to audition for the ASU color guard. Auditions for color guard are primarily for placement purposes. Any current or incoming student is welcome to audition.

Twirlers

Twirler auditions usually take place in April for the upcoming fall season. Up to five twirlers will be chosen as members of the Twirling Line with one designated as the Feature Twirler of the Marching “Ram Band.” The number of positions is flexible based on the number of qualified auditions. Twirler auditions will be closed; no spectators allowed. Candidates are expected to wear a standard twirler uniform that is free of a school logo. Sound equipment will be provided, CDs preferred.

Angelettes

The Angelettes is the official Angelo State University dance team and can be seen at home football and basketball games, as well as specially sanctioned university events.

Members of the Angelettes receive scholarships. Any current or incoming female student is welcome to audition.

Leadership Opportunities

There are a number of leadership opportunities for students in the Angelo State University Ram Band ranging from Drum Majors and Section Leaders to Band Council.

Band Council

Band Council is a group of peer-elected “Ram Band” representatives that work to maintain favorable student conditions in the organization. The Band Council is made up of 8 distinct positions: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Angelettes Representative, Senior Representative, Junior Representative, and Sophomore Representative. All members of the Band Council must have been a member of the “Ram Band” for at least one year, and should expect to attend periodic meetings and Special Sessions with the Directors of Bands as needed.

The 2014–15 Band Council:

President - Adrianna Gomez
Vice President - Matthew Smith
Secretary - Anthony Montemayor
Treasurer - Natalie Alvarez
Angelettes Rep. - Calli Bradshaw
Senior Rep. - Max Morales
Junior Rep. - Anna Cantu
Sophomore Rep. - Brianna Guerra

Drum Majors

Drum Majors are selected on their musicianship and leadership skills. They are responsible for conducting the major portion of on-field performances, assisting with drill instruction, and serving as a visible leader in the “Ram Band.” Drum Majors act as a liaison between the Section Leaders and the directors. Auditions are held in the spring semester for the following fall.

Section Leaders

“Ram Band” Section Leaders are responsible for the overall quality of their section. They are the role models for their section and strive to make their section the best it can be. Section Leaders are selected through an application process based on positive history in the organization, playing/performance ability, and leadership qualities. Applications for section leader positions are submitted mid-spring semester for the following fall; candidates are then invited to interview with the directors. 

Band Manager

The Band Manager is responsible for transporting water, plumes, podiums, and sound equipment to and from rehearsal and performance areas as well as setting up and clearing those spaces. The Band Manager may recruit volunteers to assist with these responsibilities.

2014–15 “Ram Band” Leadership

Drum Major:  Adriana Gomez
Assistant Drum Major: Eva Mendoza

Section Leaders:

Flutes - Rebekah Arana-Cook 
Clarinets - Max Morales
Saxophones - Corinna Mendez
Horns - Candace Clements
Trumpets - Ethan Huffman
Trombones - Joseph Prien
Euphoniums - Matthew Smith
Tubas - Anthony Montemayor
Percussion - Mariel Flores   

Angelettes Capt. - Calli Bradshaw
Angelettes Co-Capt. - Eina Karstens

Band Manager - Joseph Firenza

 

QUestions?

Contact the Visual and Performing Arts Department at visualperformingarts@angelo.edu 

Join the Ram Band 

Complete this form and submit it to the Art and Music Department if you are interested in joining the Ram Band:

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