Admission into the Lamar University Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Cardinal Jazz Orchestras is determined via a relaxed audition process administered at the beginning of the fall semester. All students who have experience performing in a wind ensemble, symphonic band, concert band, or jazz band in high school/college, regardless of major, are encouraged to schedule an audition.

It is common for new students to be nervous about their first audition. However, Lamar University has a long tradition of serving performers from all musical backgrounds. There are members of the Lamar University band program with a wide range of ability and experience levels, including many that never performed an audition until their first semester as a university student. The faculty at Lamar strive to accommodate all students and will work hard to make sure that you feel comfortable and relaxed during your audition.

Detailed information regarding the audition process is outlined below. However, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. McMahan if you have any additional questions.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, auditions are being handled very differently this Fall compared to the past. Details with regard to how and when auditions will be administered are provided on the individual instrument webpages, which are accessible on the right menu bar on this page.

Audition results, including ensemble and chair assignments, will be posted in the music building and distributed via email after auditions have concluded.

Rehearsals will begin on the second Tuesday of classes. Additional information will be posted in the Music Building and/or distributed via email.


Audition instructions vary by section. Please follow the appropriate link below to view detailed information on how the audition process works, what to prepare, and what to expect.