Leadership auditions and interviews for the 2019-2020 season will take place the week of March 5-8, 2019. Any CMB member interested in applying for a leadership position should submit an application (see below) no later than Friday, March 1st at 5:00 pm.
The Cowboy Marching Band is seeking a dynamic, experienced color guard instructor for the 2019 season. The ideal candidate will assist with the administrative responsibilities of running the guard, write routines that are appropriately difficult for up to six halftime shows per year, teach the work to the guard members, run our guard audition days, and work with CMB directors as a member of the marching band staff.
Interested candidates should send the following materials to Dr. Douglas Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org:
This position is paid as an outside contractor, and receives certain perks such as traveling with the marching band (when your schedule permits), attending home football games, and others.
We will begin reviewing materials on February 25th, 2019.
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 July 31 – August 2, 2020, at Camp Egan in Tahlequah, OK, is required for all members of the leadership team.
Dr. Douglas Henderson, director
Dr. Tyler Austin, assistant director
Prof. Wayne Bovenschen, director of percussion
Nathan Carroll – co-captain
Jayden Jackson – co-captain
sub-section leaders TBD
Jalisa Reeves – captain
This page details the student leadership structure of the Cowboy Marching Band for the 2020 season. Each section will have several Section Leaders, with one or two of them being designated as Music Section Leaders depending on the size of the section and number of qualified applicants.
Please note that all candidates selected to serve in a leadership role will be required to attend the CMB Leadership Retreat at Camp Egan in Tahlequah July 31 – August 2, 2020, unless excused by Dr. Henderson IN ADVANCE. Failure to attend leadership camp will result in removal from the leadership team (unless the absence was excused in advance). If you are applying for more than one position, you only need to complete each stage of the application process one time.
The table below highlights some of the responsibilities and expectations for each leadership position. While this is not an exhaustive list, it is intended to give some insight into what is expected of the individuals filling each position.
|Job Responsibilities & Expectations||Drum Major||Music Section Leader||Section Leader|
|Possess strong leadership characteristics||X||X||X|
|Exhibit a positive attitude||X||X||X|
|Possess ability to teach band members of all marching and playing abilities||X||X||X|
|Exhibit strong work ethic||X||X||X|
|Communicate appropriately with director at weekly leadership meetings||X||X||X|
|Encourage high morale from band throughout season||X||X||X|
|Motivate members to march and play at a high level throughout season||X||X||X|
|Have the respect of your peers||X||X||X|
|Exhibit excellent musicianship||X||X|
|Teach marching fundamentals and drill to section members||X||X||X|
|Run efficient and productive music sectionals||X|
|Lead stretching routine with full band and teach fundamentals to band at director’s discretion||X|
|Possess excellent conducting technique||X|
|Study game management with director (when to play or not play in stands during games)||X|
Leadership auditions and interviews (online, using Zoom) for the 2020-2021 season will take place April 14-16, 2020. Any CMB member interested in applying for a leadership position should submit an application (see below) no later than Thursday, April 2nd, at 11:59 pm.
Topic: CMB Leadership Team Interviews
Time: During your scheduled time (see more about this in Note 2 below)
Meeting ID: 579 020 007
Note 1: When you join the meeting, you will be placed in a “waiting room” to prevent you from accidentally dropping into another person’s interview. We will admit you to the meeting when the previous interview has completed.
Note 2: We have pre-assigned interview times grouped together based on your section and whether or not you applied for Drum Major. Check out your assigned time here. If the assigned time does not work, please delete your name from that time, and add yourself to one of the “Extra Time” slots that are available on Tuesday and Wednesday. Additionally, you may take a time-slot from within a different section if someone in that section has already removed their name (do not delete someone else’s name). It is fine to switch times with someone in your section. Just make sure that one of you updates the sign-up sheet so that we know when to expect you. Good luck!!! We look forward to seeing your bright Zoom faces soon!
Director: Dr. Tyler Austin
Teaching Assistants: Brent Baldwin, Sadie Cochrane, Kevin Varga
Spirit Band is the pep-band for various OSU athletic events. Members of the Spirit Band perform at home basketball games, providing traditional and popular music for entertainment to support the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Membership is open to all OSU students and is determined by audition. Please check out all of the following important documentation and complete both of the required forms prior to auditioning:
Complete (1/2): Prospective Member Information Survey
Complete (2/2): Audition Time Sign-up Sheet
Our 2019 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 Friday, August 2nd and finish up by about 1:00 pm on Sunday, August 4th.
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 Friday, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. 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 Kevin Varga. The van will leave Stillwater from the Seretean Center at 7:30 am on Friday morning.
Please down the Ultimate Drill Book (UDB) app BEFORE arriving at the leadership retreat. You will not be able to get a strong enough cell phone signal at the camp to download it. You may also view some UDB app tutorials on their website by clicking the link. Please create your account using the following instructions from UDB:
Staff & Students
- Download UDBapp from the app store.
- Click on “Don’t have an account? Sign-up”
- Enter Ensemble Code – osu2019
- Enter Ensemble Password – osu2019-ens
- Create a new personal account to use with UDBapp
At leadership retreat, we will learn some sample drill using a file labeled “LEADERSHIP RETREAT: Greatest Showman 1”. Please also DOWNLOAD this file prior to arriving. This should show up after creating your account using the credentials above. If you want to get REALLY FANCY and experiment with syncing the PDF music to the drill file, you may access that music here.
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/
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!
Brent Baldwin 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 Thursday, August 1st from 10am-2 pm, or email Brent 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 of our major dates, including summer band week, Res-Life move-in, football games, upcoming auditions, concert ensemble performances, and more can be found on our member calendar. There is also a link to this calendar from the “Information” tab of the menu bar on the website. This is always a good starting point before calling or emailing the office with questions regarding dates.
All members must complete the CMB Registration Form by Monday, July 8, 2019. This form is important for verifying our roster information, ordering clothing items, meal plans, game-day parking permits (off-campus students only), ResLife early move-in information, and more. Please complete this important form now!
Website Member Login
Please check your email for the Members Area password for the CMB website. We do not post that password on this page since this page is available to the public.
ResLife CMB Early Move In
The early-move-in date for CMB members is Saturday, August 10th, from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. This date was set by Residential Life, and it is the only date and time that CMB members will be able to move in early. All members who are living on campus should make every effort to check in during this time. We send ResLife our CMB roster during the summer, and they will NOT charge CMB members who check in during this time an early-move-in fee. Please note that if you individually reach out to ResLife to try and arrange a different early move-in time, they WILL charge you an early move-in fee if they are able to accommodate your request.
Summer Band Week 2019 – August 11th – 17th
CMB Summer Band week begins on Sunday, August 11th at 6:00 pm for all new members (Rookies) and leadership team members. Returning members (Vets) report on Monday, August 12th at 8:00 am. Band week runs all day every day August 12-16 and culminates with a Preview Performance open to parents, family, and friends on Saturday, August 17th, at 10:30 am. A detailed schedule is available here.
Stay in Shape
We quite literally hit the ground running during Summer Band Week, with one of the first activities that the Rookies begin learning being our iconic Run-On! It is imperative that you GET SOME EXERCISE this summer so that you are ready to burn those calories and get those steps during Band Week!
MEMORIZE Pregame Music
We require that all PREGAME MUSIC and CMB WARMUPS be MEMORIZED by band week. Use the preceding link to download the music. We will also be learning six halftime shows throughout the season. It is SO IMPORTANT that you show up prepared, having worked on music memorization for all of our Pregame music prior to arriving for band week. This will help prevent you from falling behind once the season is underway. So dust off those summer chops and get started now! Not sure what part to play? Start with what part you played in high school. If the range seems too high, move down to the next part.
The CMB uses the “Remind” app to communicate with CMB members regularly. Follow the previous link for more information about how to receive timely CMB Announcements via the Remind app.
CMB 2019 Travel Schedule
Our full schedule, including home games, is posted on the online calendar.
The Brightest Band in All the Land is Going Green
The CMB will be distributing significantly less paper in the 2019 season. Music and Drill will be distributed almost entirely digitally. Music will be posted in PDF format, and we will be transitioning to the Ultimate Drill Book (UDB) app this season as well. UDB is a powerful tool that will allow us to learn and distribute drill quicker and more efficiently than before. Leaders will have some time to familiarize ourselves with it during the leadership retreat, and the full band will have a learning session with the app during Band Week. You’ll need to bring those phones charged and ready to rehearsal in order to read drill and music! More information on downloading, setting up an account, and using UDB is available in the Current Members area of the CMB website.
Our wonderful Alpha Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi has established a new scholarship for one or two incoming freshmen. More information on how to apply will be distributed to Rookie members via email soon.
Please keep an eye on your email account and the CMB Remind app. We will be sending additional information later in July. Be sure and get your registration form submitted by JULY 8th! Enjoy your summer, and a special shout out and good luck to all of our wonderful CMB members who are also marching DCI this summer!
Thank you to everyone who auditioned for the 2019 edition of the Cowboy Marching Band Color Guard! Congratulations to the following students who were selected for membership for the 2019 season.
Audrey Zinn – Section Leader
Luis Pacheco Lopez – Section Leader
Kailyn Palmer – Section Leader
Jalisa Reeves – Section Leader
Emma Faye Sylvester
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 2-4, 2019 at Camp Egan in Tahlequah, OK, is required for all members of the leadership team.
Dr. Douglas Henderson, director
Dr. Tyler Austin, assistant director
Prof. Wayne Bovenschen, director of percussion
Luis Pachecho Lopez
Ryan DeShazo* (snare)
Jay Welke (tenor)
Landon Acree (basses)
Courtney Stott (cymbals)
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 Audrey Zinn for further information. If you are planning on auditioning, please let us know by completing this form.
Dates: Saturday, March 30th, and Saturday, April 6th, 2019. Participants only need to attend ONE of these two dates.
Location: Band Room (Room 118) in the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts on the OSU Campus.
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!