"The Hoo" Basketball Band

"The Hoo" is comprised of permanent members reflecting the set instrumentation, as well as numerous auditioned alternates to substitute as needed. Though this ensemble does not earn academic credit, performing members will receive a scholarship payment at the end of the season. 

Approximate Instrumentation:

  • Saxophone (3 Alto, 2 Tenor, 1 Bari)
  • Trumpet (9)
  • Mellophone (2)
  • Trombone (6)
  • Baritone (1)
  • Sousaphone (2)
  • Electric Bass (1)
  • Drum Set (2)

**Subject to change based on audition results.

KSU provides tenor and baritone saxophones, mellophones, baritones, sousaphones, and drum set, plus the amp for electric bass.

THANK YOU for your interest in the 2021-2022 Kennesaw State University Basketball Band, “The Hoo!!” We are very excited for you to join us in bringing Owl spirit to our KSU Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams this year! Below you will find all the information you need to prepare for your audition, as well as plan for the season ahead. We have also included a brief FAQ that addresses common concerns and questions.

If you still have questions, please feel free to email Ms. Rudy (hrudy@kennesaw.edu)
Kennesaw State Basketball Band Audition Dates

ALL WIND & BASS PLAYERS will submit a video audition. Please use the link below to access the Audition Information Form and submit your unlisted YouTube link by Thursday, November 11 at 11:59PM.  The performer from the waist up, as well as the entire instrument must be visible in the audition video.
DRUM SET PLAYERS must complete the Audition Information Form by November 11 at 11:59PM, but in place of your video link type N/A.

All drum set auditionees will play with the live ensemble during the first rehearsal on Wednesday, November 17 and will be provided with lead sheets and recordings via email. Be prepared to play each of the following charts:

  • KSU Fight Song
  • Sturgis’ March
  • Respect
    Audition Information Form
    Audition Material
  • Two (2) major scales (chosen from Concert F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db, C, G, A), demonstrating your full range
  • Chromatic scale, in sixteenth notes or triplets, demonstrating your full range. Suggested tempo = 100-120 BPM
  • Excerpts from In the Stone. Please use the links below to access the part for your instrument:
    o   Alto Saxophone – m2-16; m33-end
    o   Tenor Saxophone – m25-41; m45-end
    o   Baritone Saxophone – m25-m56 – Read as treble clef, drop 3 flats (G Major), adjust octave as needed
    o   Trumpet – m2-17, m33-end
    o   Mellophone – m4-17; m33-end
    o   Trombone – m17-end
    o   Baritone – m17-end
    o   Sousaphone – m25-m56
    o   Electric Bass – m25-m56 – Read up one octave as needed

Full Band Rehearsals located at 3305 Busbee Drive (all permanent members are required to attend)

Wednesday, November 17, 5pm-7pm 
Monday, November 29, 5pm-7pm 
Tuesday, January 18, 5pm-7pm 

Each game day will include a 1-hour rehearsal, 30 minutes transition to the KSU Convocation Center Basketball Band Block, a 30-minute pregame concert, and the full game (overtime as needed). This creates a call time 2 hours prior to the advertised tip-off (e.g. rehearsal for a 7:00pm game is at 5:00pm). 

2021-2022 "The Hoo" Season Schedule 

I play an instrument not listed, but I want to be in the basketball band… should I still audition? Definitely! You will need to work up your audition on an instrument listed above, but we strongly encourage all interested musicians to audition (even on secondary, or tertiary, instruments!) 
What about post-season/conference tournament games? While we do not currently have locations or times for any games past the regular season, we do know that the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournaments are scheduled for March 1-8 (Men’s) and March 2-13 (Women’s). We will notify you of details as they become available. 
Do we have to memorize all the basketball band music, like the KSUMB does? No! The demands of NCAA basketball call for us to perform a wide variety of music very frequently during a game. To this end we don’t focus on memorization, but instead perform a large quantity of charts at a very high level – aided by your chart book.   
Are we compensated for our time? Yes. Pay schedules will be released in the KSU Basketball Band Handbook. 

Members must be enrolled as KSU students in both Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. 

Questions, concerns, and clarifications should be directed to Ms. Rudy (hrudy@kennesaw.edu)