General Information

General Information

Questions About Band Membership

Do I have time to be in band if I don’t major in music?

YES!  Band rarely is the case for poor academic performance, and does enhance the college experience.  The marching band, for example, meets Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

 

Does band cost anything?

NO!  All expenses (other than personal items like shoes and valve oil, etc.) are provided by the Southern Miss Band department.  Uniforms are provided free of charge to marching band members.

 

How do I audition for the band and/or service awards?

1. Contact Southern Miss Bands via e-mail at usmbands@usm.edu, or by phone at 601.266.4990 to set up an audition date and time.  

2. Auditions for non-music majors include all major scales, the chromatic scale, a prepared solo or etude, and sight-reading.

3. All music majors must contact the professor of the applicable instrument for service award auditions.

4. You will be informed of your audition results by letter in the middle to late spring.

5. Fill out the online band application: Prospective Student Application

The University of Southern Mississippi provides additional assistance to academically talented students.  For complete information, please call the Office of Admissions and Recruitment at 601.266.5000.  Students with special financial needs should call the Southern Miss Financial Aid Office immediately at 601.266.4774.  You MUST apply for financial aid by February 1.

Service Awards

All band service awards at Southern Miss are awarded for participation in the band program and are on the basis of musical ability, attitude, and current instrumentation needs.

Contact USMBands@usm.edu, Dr. Mohamad Schuman , or Dr. James Standland at to set up an audition!

 

How do I Audition for Southern Miss Bands?

Contact Southern Miss Bands via e-mail at usmbands@usm.edu or by phone at 601.266.4990 to set up an audition date and time. Auditions are scheduled Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Auditions include all major scales, the chromatic scale, a prepared solo or etude, and sight-reading. You will be informed of your audition results by letter in the middle to late spring.

Fill out the online prospective student application Prospective Student Application

Please direct any scholarship questions to Dr. Mohamad Schuman.

All music majors must contact the professor of the applicable instrument to schedule service award auditions.

 

The Dixie Darlings

  • The Dixie Darlings clinics are scheduled for:
January 18 in the Payne Center, 9 a.m. –12 p.m.
February 22 in the Payne Center, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Register at the Door
$25 Fee
  • The Dixie Darlings auditions are scheduled for:
March 22 and April 26 in the Payne Center
Registration begins at 9 a.m.
No fee
All Dixie Darlings candidates are asked to bring a head shot and any recommendation letters to the auditions.  You can also bring them to the clinics and they will be placed with your application until auditions.  The head shot needs to be similar to how you will look AT THE AUDITION.  Photos do not need to be professionally done and can be printed on paper.
  • Click here for a list of frequently asked questions.
  • Click here for application.

For more information on the Southern Miss Dixie Darlings, please contact their director - Mrs. Tracy Smith at DixieDarlingDir@aol.com.