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 11:00 a.m.-12:50 p.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. 21, 2016, with leadership, drumline, and color guard arriving earlier on Friday, August 19, 2016. Please take a moment to complete the Prospective Student Form so that an information packet can be mailed to the appropriate address in late spring/early summer. Marching band music will be available on Blackboard to all registered students.
Drumline and color guard auditions are primarily for placement purposes and will be conducted during Early Week Band Camp.
Twirler and Angelettes auditions usually take place in April for the upcoming fall season.
The ASU Drumline has become an icon for ASU Football. The ASU Drumline continues to build on its strong history and a tradition of excellence.
Auditions for the 2017 ASU Drumline will be held at the beginning of our Early Week Camp in August. The audition consists of a short orientation meeting, followed by a rehearsal-style group audition where all participants try out in a line setting. You should be familiar with the 40 P.A.S. rudiments as well as some more contemporary “hybrid” rudiments. You should also have experience with the marching techniques associated with the battery, as movement is a big part of the activity.
If you have any questions about the ASU “Ram Band” Drumline, please contact Mr. Trent Shuey.
Thank you to Yamaha Marching Percussion, Evans Drumheads, and Innovative Percussion Inc., for your generous sponsorship!
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 during Early Week Band Camp.
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 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.
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 2016-17 Band Council:
President - Hoszel West III
Vice President - Rebekah Arana-Cook
Secretary - Samantha Howell
Treasurer - Miki Roche
Angelettes Rep. - Jasmin Coleman
Senior Rep. - Brandon Batten
Junior Rep. - William DeForest
Sophomore Rep. - Kevin Kreutler
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.
“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.
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.
2016-17 “Ram Band” Leadership
Drum Major: Rebekah Arana-Cook
Assistant Drum Major: Robert McLane
Flutes - Kara Naegli
Clarinets - Paige Gieselman
Saxophones - Sean Curry
Horns - Antonio Mireles
Trumpets - Brandon Battern & William DeForest
Trombones - Seth Jones
Euphoniums - Dustin Najvar
Tubas - Hoszel West III
Percussion - Delaney Bennett
Angelettes Capt. - Jasmin Coleman
Angelettes Co-Capt. - Brenna Hudson
Color Guard Capt. - Calah Robbins
Band Manager - Riley Mashburn