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Frequently Asked Questions, General


What does that band program have to offer?

Both music majors and non-majors can greatly benefit from each of the ensemble offerings available at Tarleton. In addition to the ensembles identified on the Tarleton Band website, there are many small chamber ensembles that may appeal to your interests.  Additionally, music majors are afforded many hands-on opportunities in each of the ensembles. From leading sectionals, assisting with rehearsals, conducting during rehearsals and serving as guest conductors, music majors are able to put what they learn in the classroom into practice.

Non music majors are also afforded many of the same opportunities as music majors. Our philosophy behind this is that no matter what your chosen field is, you will have to lead others and teach someone something at some point in your career. The band program offers these opportunities that future employers find very favorable.we

Are scholarships available?
Yes! Awards are made each year on the basis of academic record and musicianship. Band scholarship awards are highly competitive and are available to both music majors and non music majors! For a list of scholarships available for band students, click here.

I want to audition for a scholarship, what do I need to know and what do I need to do?
First, please visit the Future Members Page, complete a Prospective Member Form and then register for a band scholarship audition.  To register for an audition, you may either visit us when it is convenient for you or take advantage of one of our Scholarship Audition Days. We encourage an individual appointment throughout the work week so you may take a campus tour, sit in on rehearsals, and experience life on our campus as it is happening.  To schedule an individual appointment, please contact us and suggest two or three dates (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday dates work best as most of the ensembles meet on these days) and a member of the band faculty will get back with you as soon as possible.  For some students who may be traveling under a heavy schedule with their high school bands or athletic/activity teams, you may find one of our Scholarship Audition Days to be a necessary alternative.
For the audition, please have two contrasting selections prepared. Most students will use materials they auditioned on for an honor band or something from Solo & Ensemble Festival.  Your two selections can come from two different pieces of music or the same work.  Most people find preparing at least three minutes of music for each selection sufficient. If you selection(s) is/are longer or just a bit shorter, do not worry.  When in doubt, ask your private instructor or band director if your music is appropriate for a scholarship audition.
Finally, make certain that you apply.  See the links below for new and returning students. 

  • To audition for the Tarleton Band this Summer, please contact Dr. Gary Westbrook
    Students should apply to the University and apply for a scholarship through the links above prior to registering for an audition date.

For questions about Band Scholarships, please contact Dr. Gary Westbrook, Director of Bands.

Do you have to be a music major to participate?

Absolutely not!  All students regardless of major can perform in any of the band ensembles.  Additionally, all students are eligible to take private lessons on their instruments with our applied faculty.


Will band take up too much of my time?

Not if you budget your time well.  Studies have shown that students who participate in band activities usually achieve high scholastic scores.  Our rehearsals are structured to achieve maximum results in a minimal amount of time.  Most people who are members of performing groups find that the ensemble environment welcomes a ‘change of pace’ in university life and makes possible the opportunity to participate in university-wide activities that are very meaningful.jazz


What if I need an instrument?

We have instruments available for you to rent at a nominal fee. 


How do I become a member of the concert or jazz ensembles?

Membership in any of the non-athletic band ensembles at Tarleton requires an audition.  Auditions will take place at the beginning of each semester.  The Wind Ensemble and Jazz Bands will have selected materials posted on the band’s website and in the Music Office.  Students are required to perform passages from these materials in addition to scales and sight reading.

In addition to the Wind Ensemble and the Jazz Bands, a second concert ensemble, Symphonic Band is active during the Spring semester. 

For questions regarding the concert ensembles, please contact Dr. Gray Westbrook.  


How do I become a member of the marching band?

High school band experience is the primary prerequisite for membership.  However, any instrumental musical background will be of help in band admittance.  To become a member of the Marching Band, please contact Dr. Gary Westbrook.


What are the auxiliary units of the marching band and how do I become a member?

The University Marching Band includes a combination of wind and percussion musicians enhanced by a highly choreographed Color Guard Unit.  The members of the Color Guard are typically spotlighted and featured during marching band performances.  Prospective members should either take advantage of auditioning during one of our Scholarship Audition Days or by contacting Dr. Gary Westbrook for an audition at any time throughout the year. 


What makes Tarleton different from other universities around Texas, the region and the country?

Simply put, Tarleton offers the personal attention of a small liberal arts college, with the resources that are typically available at larger universities.  We believe that our smaller size allows for you to get to know your professors and other students more immediately and, therefore, allows for a comfortable experience as soon as you begin your collegiate career. 

At Tarleton, music majors are given countless opportunities to apply what they learn in the classroom into immediate practice.  Instrumental students are allowed to conduct the sight-reading portion of the Wind Ensemble once they complete the introductory conducting class.  Students who have an interest in conducting beyond this level are given these opportunities as well.  Non music majors, in addition to music majors, are also afforded opportunities to hold leadership positions in the concert ensembles and athletic bands.  These experiences allow students from all walks of life to gain leadership opportunities that many future employers find favorable.  Band students are ordinarily regarded favorably as they typically have a history of adhering to responsibility and possessing good time management skills; traits many employers are developing within the workforce at a higher cost year after year. 


This last question is left intentionally blank as we want you to realize that any question you have is a top 10 question.  There are no bad questions.  As always, please contact us at any time if you have any questions.  For your convenience, there is a list of FAQ topics and the most common point of contact in the next section.   

You may contact us via phone (254) 968-9439 or email:

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Who Can I Contact?


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Scholarship Questions

Concert Ensemble Questions
(including audition information)
Wind Ensemble
Symphonic Band

Questions About Purchasing Brass Instruments

High School or Middle School Students Who Want to Take Private Lessons

Want to know more about our
Instrumental Music Education Program or
How to Become a Music Major at Tarleton

Summer Band Camp (Jr. High Band Camp)

Athletic Band Questions
(Marching Band, Color Guard, Basketball Pep Band)

Wanting to Schedule a Scholarship Audition or a Campus Visit (please complete the Prospective Member Form)

Questions About Purchasing Percussion Equipment


Want to Schedule a Clinic for Your Band

Questions about the Summer Band Camps

Want to Schedule a Joint Concert with the
Tarleton Wind Ensemble

For Information on The Tarleton Percussion Festival


Dr. Gary Westbrook,
Director of Bands
& Director of Athletic Bands

Department of Fine Arts
Box T-0320
Stephenville, Texas 76402

Phone: (254) 968-9439
Fax: (254) 968-9239


Jazz Ensemble Questions
(including audition information)

Need to Rent An Instrument or Locker
(Current or Future Tarleton Students Only)

Question About Purchasing Woodwind Instruments


For Information on The Jazz Festival


Mr. Greg Ball
Assistant Director of Bands
Director, Jazz Ensembles

Department of Fine Arts
Box T-0320
Stephenville, Texas 76402

Phone: (254) 968-9828
Fax: (254) 968-9239