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 4:25–6:00 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 15–Saturday, August 21, 2021.
Do I have to audition to join the Marching Hundred?
- Percussion auditions: video prescreens are due July 31; finalists are invited to a live audition on Sunday, August 15. Visit the Drumline page and sign up HERE to request audition music. Those who audition successfully attend the remainder of Band Camp. The drumline is the most competitive section of the Hundred. Members usually come from strong high school and drum corps programs.
- Woodwinds and Brass – no audition needed to join – start with a meeting on Sunday evening, August 15, 2021. Your undergraduate staff will be in touch with you with more information.
- RedStepper auditions were on April 17, 2021. RedSteppers who audition successfully usually have previous dance and ballet training. Visit the RedStepper page for more info.
Can I stay in my dorm during Band Camp? Students living in the dorm can sign up to move into your room on August 15. You are responsible for your dorm room payment and meals until RPS contracts start.
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, 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 course 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, Dr. Smedley will look at each case individually. Email Dr. Smedley at 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 the first day of classes.
Do we travel? The Marching Hundred performs at all home football games and the homecoming parade and pep rally. IU President McRobbie’s message that IU will return to mostly normal operations for the Fall 2021 semester means that we do not yet know if the Hundred will travel to an away game.
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 money 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.