Symphonic Winds

Symphonic Winds performs the highest quality music available for wind band. We perform on campus and go on a short tour each semester. The band rehearses twice each week in the fall and three times weekly in the spring.

Jazz Band

Do you play saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass or drums? Our Jazz Band plays music of all periods from the Big Band Era to the present. We perform each semester and rehearse twice each week.

Choctaw Pep Band

The Choctaw Pep Band plays at all MC home football games. We rehearse each week after a three day retreat at the beautiful Twin Lakes Camp and Conference Center.

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Audition Information

Auditions for any of the Band Scholarships (Pep Band and/or Symphonic Winds, Jazz Band, and Private Lessons) can be done quickly and easily by sending a video recording or providing a link to a video on the internet. These auditions can be recorded on any smartphone or camera and should include 3 different elements for wind players: 1) 2 major or minor scales (1 or 2 octaves) of the auditionee’s choosing (this would be a good opportunity for brass players to demonstrate their highest range); 2) a short (30 seconds to 1 minute) excerpt demonstrating technical ability, and; 3) a short (30 seconds to 1 minute) excerpt demonstrating expressive/lyrical ability. Percussionists should do 1 excerpt each on 2 different instruments groups (i.e. snare/set, timpani, keyboards) and do not need to do any scales or rudiments. Excerpts can be taken from solo or band music. Please introduce yourself and the items that you are performing on the recording.

Band Scholarship Auditions should be completed by May 1. Any link or recording sent by email should be sent to “cyoung@mc.edu”. It may be necessary to send multiple emails due to file size. If you would prefer, you may send your recording on a DVD, SD card, or USB drive to: Dr. Craig Young, Director of Bands, Mississippi College, Box 4021, Clinton MS 39058. Band Scholarship Auditions are used to confirm that students joining the MC Bands have sufficient experience on their instruments and will be contributing members of our ensembles. Auditions for seating within the Symphonic Winds will be within the first month of the Fall Semester and do not require any previous preparation. Those planning on coming to campus to audition as an Instrumental Music Major do not need to submit a Band Scholarship Audition.

Craig Young, Director of Bands
cyoung@mc.edu // 601.925.3439