Do I have to be a music major to join the Marching Hundred?
Basic rhythm, technical facility, and marching experience are the most important qualifications for membership. It is not necessary to be a music major. In fact, over 90 percent of the Marching Hundred is made up of non-music majors.
Will I have time in my schedule to join the Marching Hundred?
Hundred is only 1.5 hours per day; we rehearse from 4:30–6:05 PM. Some class conflicts are allowed – these conflicts are worked out at the end of Band Camp. In addition, we have found the rookie Grade Point Average for Hundred members is nearly .5 higher than the University average!
When is Band Camp? Band camp runs from Sunday, August 13–Saturday, August 19, 2023.
Do I have to audition to join the Marching Hundred?
- Percussion auditions: information available here– Register here.
- Woodwinds and Brass – no audition needed to join – All incoming woodwinds and brass must practice the music from the following packet: https://tinyurl.com/hundred-preseason. The IU Fanfare, Indiana Our Indiana, and Indiana Fight must be memorized prior to the start of camp. Although memorization is not required for the remaining songs in the packet, first-year woodwind and brass players should be prepared to play them by the beginning of band camp. We do not have a set number of woodwinds and brass that we accept; however, if we determine at band camp that a student does not meet the minimum playing requirements outlined above, they will not earn a spot in the Marching Hundred beyond camp.
- RedStepper audition info is HERE. RedSteppers who audition successfully usually have previous dance and ballet training. Visit the RedStepper page for more info. Auditions for ‘23-‘24 are completed. Check back in Spring ‘24 for info on the ‘24-‘25 season.
Can I stay in my dorm during Band Camp?Early move-in will be available to Marching Hundred students on Friday August 11. Regular move-in begins the morning of Sunday August 13. Instructions for early move-in will be sent to those who have signed up for band camp by late June.
What instruments are used in the Marching Hundred? Are they provided?
Instruments used in the Marching Hundred include piccolo (no flutes), clarinet, alto and tenor saxophone, trumpet, mellophone, trombone, baritone, sousaphone, snare/tenor/bass drums and cymbals.
Instruments provided by Indiana University are: mellophones, trumpets, trombones, baritones, sousaphones and percussion.
Will I need to do fundraisers? No! The Marching Hundred is financially supported by the Department of Athletics.
How much does it cost? There is a one-time $40.00 lab fee for the class. You’ll need to pay for housing and meals during Band Camp, bring your own lyre (except piccolos), and purchase a specific pair of all-white marching shoes. Other than those 4 items, your membership in the Hundred is free.
I have a class conflict. What do I do? The Hundred does allow class conflicts; however, the directors will look at each case individually. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the specific days and times of the conflict, the course numbers, and the reason the class can’t be taken another time or semester. Class conflict emails must be submitted by Friday August 11.
Do we travel? The Marching Hundred performs at all home football games, the homecoming parade and pep rally, and travels to one away game each season.
Do we compete? There are no competitions for college bands, so our main goals are to entertain the audience and support the IU athletic teams. We perform a variety of different halftime shows, with music ranging from jazz to rock to pop. If you think you’ve had enough of marching band, you will find the Hundred to be an exciting change of pace.
What do I need to bring to Band Camp?
- comfortable, warm weather clothing
- a good pair of tennis shoes (sandals, flip flops are not permitted)
- Sunscreen, hat, water bottle, towel.
- A lyre (except piccolo players). We do not furnish lyres.
- White shoes (details will be emailed to you)
- You will sign an agreement form to have a $40.00 bill added to your bursar account. This form is due when you check out your uniform.
The Marching Hundred is one of the best experiences of your college life.
The Marching Hundred has a great band tradition. Membership in the Hundred gives you the opportunity to be part of a 300-member team. It does require dedication, hard work, and perseverance, but the thrill of being a member of a truly great marching organization makes practice satisfying and memorable. Come make music with us – one of the greatest college marching bands of America: the Indiana University Marching Hundred! Just look at the support on the Alumni site, or the spirit at the games, and you can SEE for yourself why so many people say the Marching Hundred is one of the highlights of their college career.