Our 2018 Leadership Retreat will take place at Camp Egan in Tahlequah, OK. All leadership team members are required to attend, and we will start at 10:30 am on Monday, August 6th and finish up by about 1:00 pm on Wednesday, August 8th.
The following documents will help you better prepare for these important three days:
The following meals will be provided for you while at camp: lunch and dinner on Tuesday, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Wednesday, and breakfast and lunch on Thursday. You are encouraged to bring any other snacks you may want between meals or in the evenings as well.
Please work together to carpool from your respective areas (Stillwater, Tulsa, OKC, Texas, etc.). We will be driving the large OSU van, which seats about 12 people, as well. If you would like to ride in the van, please email Andrew Raven. The van will leave Stillwater from the Seretean Center at 7:30 am on Monday morning.
If you want to check out some info about the camp yourself, including driving directions, more information about the facilities, and rec-time activity options, visit: https://okcamps.org/egan/
FYI – the director of Camp Egan, Josh Pulver, is a former CMB member and a former Pistol Pete!
In addition to the team building aspect of the weekend, one of our primary goals is to unify our own marching and teaching methods so that we are as efficient as possible during band week and throughout the season. I promise you that you will have a very positive experience throughout the camp, and that we will leave this retreat as a unified leadership team!
Andrew Raven will be in charge of the instrument inventory this year. If you need an instrument for leadership camp, please either come by the band office on Friday, August 3rd from 10am-2 pm, or email Andrew to set something up. If you aren’t coming to Stillwater prior to arriving at Camp Egan, we (or another member of your section) can bring an instrument for you.
Since this is an official OSU-sponsored event, and Camp Egan is also affiliated with the Methodist church, there is ABSOLUTELY NO ALCOHOL allowed on the camp grounds. This should go without saying, but I just wanted to make it explicitly clear. We must respect the policies of our university, as well as those of Camp Egan.
All leaders in each section have the title of Section Leader. Those leaders who have an asterisk (*) next to their name will be in charge of running music rehearsals for their respective sections. EVERYONE’s title is Section Leader, and no one Section Leader outranks any other Section Leader, regardless of whether they run music sectionals or not. A reminder that the leadership retreat from August 6-8, 2018 at Camp Egan in Tahlequah, OK, is required for all members of the leadership team.
Thank you to everyone who auditioned for the 2018 edition of the Cowboy Marching Band Color Guard! Congratulations to the following students who were selected for membership for the 2018 season.
2018 CMB Color Guard:
Rebekah Routh – Guard Captain
Emma Faye Sylvester
Reba (Mackenzie) Warren
Audrey Zinn – Guard Captain
The final OSU Women’s Tennis Match of the season will take place on Sunday, April 15th at 1:00 pm at the Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center. Please see below for more important information:
Call Time will be 12:45 PM in the parking lot east of the tennis center. We will warm-up together, play through the tunes that we will use for this game (see below), and then enter the tennis center together. Food will be provided for FREE at the match! There will be hot dogs before the match and BBQ after the match. The whole event should wrap up around 3:30 pm.
Attire will be Black Nike Polos (Nike T’s are OK if you are missing polos), Jeans, CMB Baseball Caps. You may want to bring your Bowl Hoodie if it ends up being cool this weekend (high Sunday is currently 55 degrees).
Music that we will play will include the National Anthem, Trilogy, Oklahoma, Alma Mater, and maybe Rock ‘n Roll. If you need music to any of that, please print it from the website before you come.
Please let us know that you are coming by completing this form.
The 2018 OSU Spring Football Game will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 1:00 pm. Please see below for more important information:
Call Time will be 11:45 AM just outside the Sherman Smith Indoor Practice Facility. This is a change from our original plan. We will play for the “Walk” as the team moves from the indoor to the stadium. Then, athletics is feeding us FREE PIZZA in the stadium before the game!
Attire will be Black Nike Polos (Nike T’s are OK if you are missing polos), Orange Nike shorts, CMB Baseball Caps. WEAR SUNSCREEN!
Music that we will play will include the National Anthem, Trilogy, Oklahoma, Rock ‘n Roll, Alma Mater, Neck, Verdi, Dies Irae, Light ’em Up (short & long versions), Look Down, Uptown Funk. Please bring your flip folders with the music if you still have them. We will have a couple extra copies of each part as well.
Please let us know that you are coming by completing this form.
We will be hosting the OSSAA State Solo & Ensemble Contest April 17-19, 2018 in the Student Union and Bennett Chapel. We rely heavily on our wonderful student volunteers to help make this event a success!
Leadership auditions and interviews for the 2018-2019 season will take place the week of April 23-26, 2018. Any CMB member interested in applying for a leadership position should submit an application (see below) no later than Friday, April 20th at 5:00 pm.
The OSU Color Guard is open to all university students by audition only. You must be accepted to Oklahoma State University in order to audition. You may email the guard instructor, Mallory Vinzant, for further information. If you are planning on auditioning, please let us know by completing this form.
Dates: Saturday, April 7th, and Saturday, April 14th, 2018. Participants only need to attend ONE of these two dates.
Exception: those Veterans auditioning for a position on the CMB Leadership Team should plan on attending both dates if at all possible. Leadership applicants should write a 30-second routine to perform at 8:30 am on April 7th.
Location: Band Room (Room 118) in the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts on the OSU Campus
8:30 am: Leadership Tryouts (must be a returning / veteran guard member to audition, and must complete a Leadership Team Application no later than Friday, March 30th (online application coming soon).
9:00– 10:00 am: Registration
10:00 – 12:00 pm: Fundamentals
12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch (on own)
1:00 – 4:00 pm: Learn audition routine
4:00 – 5:00 pm: Auditions
Flags will be available, but please bring your own equipment if possible. Please wear comfortable athletic clothes, tennis shoes, and sunscreen.
Pop toss (aka single) and horizontal toss
Drop spins, BOLOs, extensions, carves, and pull hits
Basic dance such as jazz runs, sauté/attitude, passé, and plié
Attire: Athletic clothing & sunscreen!
The Cowboy Marching Band is excited to announce that auditions for the position of Feature Twirler for the 2018 edition of the Cowboy Marching Band will take place in the Spring of 2018. The specific timeline for the application process is highlighted below. All finalists must be accepted or enrolled students at Oklahoma State University by the date of the live audition (April 14).
- Friday, March 9th – APPLICATION DEADLINE (see below for more details)
- Friday, March 16th – *Invitations to participate in the live audition will be sent by the OSU Band Staff, and finalists will be provided audition music for the first two (of three) routines to be performed at the audition
- Friday, March 30 – Third and final piece of audition-routine music will be made available to finalists (two weeks prior to the audition)
- Saturday, April 14 – *Feature Twirler Auditions & Interviews NOTE: Auditions with finalists will be CLOSED to the public. Only the Feature Twirler finalists and the audition committee will be present.
*Note: The results of every stage of the audition process will be FINAL. The directors and audition committee work hard to find the performer who is the right fit for the OSU Cowboy Marching Band. Twirling applicants who apply for the position of Feature Twirler agree to accept the results of the audition process without disputing them. Submission of application materials constitutes acceptance of the audition process and its outcome.
Candidates interested in auditioning for the position of feature twirler at OSU should submit the following materials to the OSU band office by Friday, March 9th. The Cowboy Marching Band Directors will then evaluate all materials and select finalists to invite to the live audition. Materials should include:
- Résumé: The résumé should highlight the candidate’s performance history and accomplishments, as well as other relevant academic achievements and/or community involvement.
- Video: The application video may be an online link (preferred), flash drive, or DVD format. The video submission should include TWO live performances that best highlight the candidate’s twirling performance abilities.
- Letters of Reference: Each candidate should submit two to three letters of reference addressing their personal character, integrity, work ethic, performance level, and ability to work with others.
APPLICATION MATERIALS may be shipped, mailed, or emailed to:
OSU Cowboy Marching Band
ATTN: Dr. Douglas Henderson
220 Seretean Center
Stillwater, OK 74078
Those candidates selected to participate in the live audition on April 14th, 2018, will choreograph their own audition routines to three pieces provided to them by the OSU band staff prior to the audition. AUDITIONS WITH FINALISTS WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. Only the finalists and the audition committee will be present.
The first two tunes will be provided on March 16th when finalists are notified, and the final piece will be provided no later than Friday, March 30th (two weeks prior to the audition). This is a “real world” performance scenario in which the twirler must choreograph her own routine as quickly as the rest of the band learns a new halftime show.
- The First Routine should utilize ONLY one-baton tricks. MUSIC: “Ride ’em, Cowboys” and “OSU Chant”
- The Second Routine should utilize two-baton tricks only. MUSIC: “Oklahoma”
- The Third Routine should include 1, 2, and 3 batons with the option of 4 but not required. MUSIC: Bruno Mars: “Treasure” & “Runaway Baby”
- NOTE: Since fire batons are NOT allowed on the FieldTurf in Boone Pickens Stadium, candidates may NOT include fire batons in the audition process.
- Finalists will be adjudicated by directors and staff members of the Cowboy Marching Band, as well as one or two outside experts. Performances will be judged on creativity, technique, poise, execution, confidence, and showmanship.
- Following all audition performances, each candidate will have a brief interview with the audition committee. This interview will be an opportunity for the candidates to discuss their role as a member in the band program, work ethic, and other topics that the directors may deem relevant.
- The Directors reserve the right to decline naming a feature twirler when none meet acceptable standards based upon the live audition and interview.
- Reminder: The results of every stage of the audition process will be FINAL. The directors and audition committee work hard to find the performer who is the right fit for the OSU Cowboy Marching Band. Twirling applicants who apply for the position of Feature Twirler agree to accept the results of the audition process without disputing them. Submission of application materials constitutes acceptance of the audition process and its outcome.
- The new Feature Twirler for the Cowboy Marching Band will be announced the week following the live auditions.