Marching Ram Band
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, drum line, electric guitar, electric bass, and synthesizer, 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 it’s members, including color guard and Angelettes.
This is a fall-only ensemble. Marching band students are required to participate in Early Week Band Camp which will start on the Sunday before the first day of classes in the fall: Aug. 17, 2014. The students intending to participate will receive an electronic packet or in the mail early summer of 2014 that outlines how to register for the class and what to bring to Early Week. Please take a moment to fill out and return a personnel form so that the packet can be mailed to an appropriate address. Marching band music will be emailed to all students who complete the personnel forms.
The drumline has positions available for battery, cymbal line and front ensemble. Drumline auditions are primarily for placement purposes and will be conducted during the first day of Early Week Band Camp.
Electric guitar, electric bass and synthesizer auditions will be held during the first day of Early Week Band Camp. Twirler, Color Guard, and Angelette auditions usually take place in April for the upcoming fall season.
Angelo State University Drumline uses the following sticks and mallets:
- TXDC1W (snare sticks)
- ABR-AB4 (bass drum mallets)
- ATA1 (tenor mallets)
Any student planning to audition for the drumline must bring their own snare sticks and tenor mallets, and are strongly encouraged to procure the above mentioned products; we will provide bass drum mallets.
All Students with high school color guard or dance experience are encouraged to audition for the ASU color guard. Auditions for color guard are primarily for placement purposes. Members of the ASU Color Guard receive scholarships. Any current or incoming female student is welcome to audition.
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.
The Angelettes are the official Angelo State University dance team and can be seen at home football and basketball games, and at specially sanctioned university events.
Members of the Angelettes receive scholarships. Any current or incoming female student is welcome to audition.
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 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
Senior Rep. Max Morales
Junior Rep. Anna Cantu
Sophomore Rep. Brianna Guerra
“Ram Band” Section Leaders are responsible for the overall quality of their section, both in terms of playing and marching. Section leaders are the field marching technicians and are responsible for teaching the drills during marching rehearsal and conducting music sectionals. They will distribute the drill sheets and music for all rehearsals. They are the role models for their section and strive to make their section the best it can be. Section Leaders are appointed based on positive history in the organization, playing/performance ability, and leadership qualities. Applications for section leader positions are submitted mid-spring semester and the candidates are then invited to interview with the directors. Students holding Section Leader positions are awarded additional scholarships.
The 2014–15 Section Leaders:
Flutes Rebekah Arana-Cook
Clarinets Ramon Gardea
Saxophones Corinna Mendez
Horns Candace Clements
Trumpets Ethan Huffman and Dylan Ortega
Trombones Joseph Prien
Euphoniums Matthew Smith
Tubas Anthony Montemayor
Percussion Mariel Flores
Angelettes Capt. Calli Bradshaw
Drum Majors are the highest ranking leadership role with the Angelo State University Ram Band. Drum Majors are responsible for assisting all section leaders with teaching the marching band drills, conducting the major portion of on-field rehearsals and performances, assisting with sectional as needed and serving as the epitome of role model for all band students. Drum Majors serve as undergraduate band staff assisting with instruction on every phase of the marching band. The Drum Majors are charged with overseeing all other leadership roles within the Angelo State University Ram Band. Additional duties may include assisting the directors with administrative tasks. Students serving as Drum Majors will receive additional scholarships. Drum Majors are selected based on their musicianship and leadership skills. Applications for the Drum Major positions are submitted mid-spring semester and qualified candidates are invited to audition.
The 2014–15 Drum Majors:
Drum Major Adrianna Gomez
Assistant Drum Major Eva Mendoza
The Electronics Managers are responsible for the daily and performance loading, setup, operation and care of all electronic, amplification and recording equipment. Additional duties may include assisting the directors with administrative tasks. Students serving as Electronic Managers will receive additional scholarships.
The Equipment Managers are responsible for transporting plumes, water, podiums, and stadium stands to and from rehearsal and performance areas as well as setting up and clearing those spaces. Additional duties may include assisting the directors with administrative tasks. Students serving as Equipment Managers will receive additional scholarships. We are now accepting applications for this position.
The 2014–15 Band Managers:
Marching Equipment Manager Nick Alberts
Instrument Inventory Manager Adam Coffman
Uniform Manager Roy Mojica and Brandon Batten
Electronics Manager Joseph Firenza