2017 Festival of Bands

2017 Festival of Bands

Twenty-seven marching bands from the Northwest, including bands from Sheldon and Willamette high schools, will compete at Autzen Stadium on Nov. 4 in an all-day competition running run from 9:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. The event will also feature two performances by the Oregon Marching Band. Tickets are available at the South gate the day of the event for $15 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors and $35 for a family 4-pack. For more information, visit omb.uoregon.edu/festival-of-bands/
This family-friendly event, now in its 35th year after a year hiatus, will allow patrons to enjoy “the good seats” at Autzen Stadium for a fraction of the cost of a football ticket. The festival is organized and hosted by the Oregon Marching Band, and is split into preliminary and finals competition. 
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Sign up for the 2017 Pick Up Band!

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2017 Garter Band Audition Announcement

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Spring Game Band 2017

April 29th is the Spring Game!

Calling all current OMB members, high school students, and Alumni!

The Oregon Spring Game is an annual event where the Oregon Football team scrimmages for a televised exhibition game, so we put together a band to play both teams on. We are inviting current students, alumni, and high school students to come play! Once you have filled out this survey, we are expecting you to attend. Please contact us at omb@uoregon.edu if you need to change your availability. You have until April 26th to register!

Sign up here: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bvnQtkcaQa8zgcB

What to wear: A (preferably Oregon) green OR yellow t-shirt and blue jeans.

What to bring: Your instrument, PLASTIC water bottle, sun glasses, sunscreen, mouthpiece/reeds.

Instructions: If driving, park in Lot 8/9, early arrival and carpooling is STRONGLY encouraged. Enter through the East Gate. Only those who signed up before Wednesday, April 26th will be on the gate list. If you are playing drums or sousaphone, be sure to arrive at the earlier check out time.

9:30am Check out instruments by the East Gate

10:00am Call time. Stands rehearsal.

11:00am Kickoff! Go Ducks!

1:00pm Approximate end. Return borrowed instruments and flip books.

Email us omb@uoregon.edu
Visit us at omb.uoregon.edu
Call us at 541-346-2138

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Winter Basketball Band


Matthew Knight Arena Winter Band

December 2, 2016–January 1, 2017


While the Oregon Basketball Band students are away over winter break, the Alumni Band takes to the MKA stands and keeps the crowd entertained. If you’ll be in Eugene this winter, dust off your instruments and join us—high school and college musicians are also welcome to join!


Winter Band Game Schedule:

*Times listed are tip times. Arrival times are typically 80 minutes before tip time (1 hour and 20 minutes).

SUN, DEC 11 • 3:00 P.M. • VS. ALABAMA (MEN’S)
TUE, DEC 13 • 7:00 P.M. • VS. MONTANA (MEN’S)
TUE, DEC 20 • 3:00 P.M. • VS. IDAHO (WOMEN’S)
TUE, DEC 20 • 8:00 P.M. • VS. FRESNO STATE (MEN’S)
WED, DEC 28 • 6:00 P.M. • VS. UCLA (MEN’S)
FRI, DEC 30 • 7:00 P.M. • VS. USC (MEN’S)


Matthew Knight Arena
1776 East 13th Street
Eugene OR 97401


Please register three days prior to the games in which you would like to participate to ensure that your name is added to the gate list.
Visit the event page, click the registration button below or call 800-245-ALUM to register.


For additional information, contact Nathan Irby, BM ’11, MMUS ’13 at nwirby@gmail.com.

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2016 Garter Band Auditions Announcement

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Fall Positions Open!

Fall Positions Open!

We’re hiring for the fall football marching season! Each position comes with working access to all home games and paid travel to our one season away game and possible post-season games.
For descriptions and pay for each position, please follow the links below.
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2015 Pick Up Game Registration


2015 Pick Up Game Registration

Click the link above to register. Sign up by August 31!

Please download the schedule before committing to attend. The schedule will also explain what to wear, what you need to bring, and where and when to show up.

Copy the following link into your browser to get the schedule:


Alumni: Register HERE through the UOAA. You do NOT need to complete this survey.
If you have any questions about the Pick-Up Game, please contact Anna Waite (541) 346-2138, bandadm@uoregon.edu
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Garter Band Auditions

2015-2016 Garter Band Audition Announcement

Auditions will be held at the School of Music on Tuesday, May 19 (room 140 – saxes and rhythm) and Thursday, May 21 (room 173 – brass).

Specific audition materials are linked below. Everyone auditioning should contact Anna Waite in the Band Office (bandadm@uoregon.edu) and plan to be at the auditions from 5:30pm until 10:30pm. If you have a class during that time, please let Anna know. Auditions will be grouped by instrument, so you will not need to be there the entire time. Specific times will be announced before May 16th. If you are an incoming student, you may send in a recording, but live auditions are encouraged. Please refer to the audition instruction sheet for complete details.


Scholarship: Green Garter Band members who meet all membership requirements receive a yearly scholarship of $6300. Yellow Garter Band members receive a $1350 yearly scholarship.


Eligibility: The Garter Bands are highly active groups with demanding performance schedules. To be eligible, you must be a full-time University of Oregon student. You must also be a member of the Oregon Marching Band and the Oregon Basketball Band. Green Garter Band members must have at least 1-year prior membership in the OMB; Yellow Garter Band members do not need prior membership. Garter Band obligations begin in September and may run into June each year.


Green Garter Band

The following positions are open for audition. Click on the position for audition materials:



Baritone Sax

Trumpet 1

Trumpet 3


Lead Trombone

Bass Trombone



Yellow Garter Band

The following positions are open for audition. Click on the position for audition materials:


Baritone Sax

Trumpet 2

Trumpet 3


Bass Trombone


Depending on the outcome of GGB auditions, additional YGB positions may be open. If you are interested in one of these positions, should it open, it is recommended that you audition.


Trumpet 1

Lead Trombone


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12 Reasons to Join The Oregon Athletic Bands

12 Reasons to Join The Oregon Athletic Bands

by Nicole Stanger and Kate Rohrich

12. Our uniforms aren’t traditional… and that’s a good thing.












We don’t have to wear bibs or wool. Our uniforms are super freaking comfortable. With the constant changing weather in Eugene, our uniforms allow us to stay cool when its hot and warm when its not. Also, our vests are reversible so we can keep things fresh.


11. We get swag.












Dang, them Nikes though… No one else can buy our custom-made shoes. Want a pair? You’ll have to join the band.


10. We’re always on TV.












15 minutes of fame after your first year? Check. #famous


9. We travel. A lot.











Because the OMB supports one of the best football teams in the country, we tend to get invited to go to things like the Rose Bowl and, you know, the first ever College Football Playoff National Championship game. Plus, it’s free for us and we get this great little thing called per diem. #nobigdeal #wewokeuplikethis


8. No fighting it out for football tickets.

Bowl Trip: Rose Bowl











While the entire student body (especially the freshmen) has to struggle to get one of the limited numbers of student tickets, we never have to worry about that. We have a pass to every home football game and get to spend the whole day with our friends, playing music, supporting our team and going crazy just like all the other fans there.


7. We get to perform here.









If you want to perform in front of 54,000+ people each home game, Autzen Stadium has got you covered. Now isn’t that a little bigger than your average high school stadium? Also the noise our fans make is absolutely ridiculous.


6. You’ll live in Eugene.












Trust me, when band camp rolls around and everyone else is dying of a million degree weather, you will be happy to know that the weather in Eugene is just about never too hot or too cold. Eugene is beautiful at almost any time of year.


5. We get to hangout with this guy.









The Duck is our best friend. What other mascot has as much swag and can be adorable as him? Name one. Yeah that’s right there isn’t one.

He also likes to steal our instruments and try to conduct the band, but it’s okay because we love him.


4. We run the show.












Our band is a student led organization. Students are given the opportunity to develop leadership skills through becoming one of many Section Leaders or one of four Drum Majors. Not only do we look cool, but we know what we’re doing. The OMB is also fortunate enough to have two awesome groups whose purposes are to make the OMB better. The Oregon Athletic Band Council makes decisions like what shows we want to perform, how to make our game days more awesome and then communicates that to our director, and Kappa Kappa Psi is the National Honorary Band Fraternity that focuses on building better leaders and community within the band.


3. Our rendition of the Star Spangled Banner will give you chills.

Performing the national anthem in a crowded stadium is one of the best experiences in the OMB, especially when we get to do perform it at a game like the Rose Bowl. At the loudest part, the banner silks are run across the field, through rows of band members, to create the American flag, fireworks go off in the background and the crowd goes wild. Seriously, chills.


2. You’ll make your best friends here.











From the first week of band camp freshman year, you’ll make lifelong friends. Long days, emotional games, and rainy rehearsals… we stick it out together and there’s no doubt that everyone shares a bond.

Ask 90% of OMB members and they’ll say they found their roommates in the band. We spend long days together, are in clubs together and live together; you think we’d all be sick of each other. But we love it and love being around each other. #daww


1. We’re a family.












The OMB is a family and through thick and thin, we’re there for each other. Even if you don’t know everyone in the band personally, we’re still connected. Years after graduation, you’ll still have that network of support, not to mention incredible friends and amazing memories.


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