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 • 3:00 P.M. • VS. WASHINGTON (WOMEN’S) FRI, DEC 30 • 7:00 P.M. • VS. USC (MEN’S) SUN, JAN 1 • 6:00 P.M. • VS. WASHINGTON STATE (WOMEN’S)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (email@example.com) 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:
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.
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.
We’ve had a really great season this year with 220 members and a lot of memorable performances and trips! This year took us on 5 away trips, including games at Cal and OSU, the Pac-12 Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium, the Rose Bowl and the National Championship. It was an incredible season for the Ducks, and we had so much fun at all of the games supporting our team and at other performances rallying with fans and getting the crowd engaged as the “Soundtrack of the Ducks.” Our shows this year included Huey Lewis and the News, Bruno Mars, and Evolution of Dance.
The OMB will be heading to Texas on Saturday for the National Championship! Come see us at rehearsal or one of our other appearances. Check our Facebook page for updates! #GoDucks #SoundtrackoftheDucks
Homecoming 2014 – Free Pizza Social and Watch Party with Tailgate Band!
Homecoming is October 18th, 2014 UO vs. UW. Join us for a weekend full of fun, food, music & Duck Pride!
Free Pizza Night @ Roaring Rapids
Friday, October 17th 6:30pm
Join the family-friendly fun and catch up with friends! Pizza will be generously donated by Roaring Rapids. Beverages and other items can be purchased individually. Roaring Rapids will also generously donate $10 per person to the Eric Humphrey Memorial Endowment up to a designated maximum.
Watch Party & Tailgate Band @ O Bar & Autzen Stadium
Saturday, October 18th Kick Off 5:00pm
Meet at the O Bar at 2pm where we will warm up, march over to Autzen and play for tailgaters until the game. If you have a ticket, head inside, but if you don’t, head back to the O Bar to watch the Ducks beat the Huskies and continue to play amongst friends! A t-shirt, music, and requested instruments will be provided! Playing is not required to come cheer on the Ducks with us!
We’ve survived Band Camp! It was an marathon couple of weeks, but after 90 hours of rehearsal, several gigs, and a couple games of Buck Buck, we’re ready for the season!
To kick the 2014 season off right, we’re very excited to announce our next event: our 1st Mario Kart Tournament! Members in the section will be competing over the next two weeks to see who can truly be known as the Mario Kart Champion! You, as our fans and friends, are also invited to participate! Each day, a game’s results will be posted. If you can correctly pick the winners, you will win a free 2014-15 OMB Sousa Calendar! http://www.lulu.com/shop/omb-sousaphone-section-2014-2015-calendar/calendar/product-21738483.html#
As much as the Sousas love Mario Kart and hanging out, we wanted to make this a very special event. We decided that all calendar proceeds made during the duration of our tournament will be donated to the Eric Humphrey Memorial Fund. So please, if you want to help a wonderful cause and be a part of something great, help us to raise money for this special fund. More details about Eric can be found athttp://omb.uoregon.edu/erichumphrey/#.VCg_ffldVS2
So let’s get this started! Our first match up will be between #8 Elliot and #9 Thomas! Whoever can get the most points in four races moves on to the next round to face #1 Derek! Comment on your pick, and you’ll be in the running for a free calendar! If you want to see the bracket in its entirety, here you go http://bracketsninja.com/brackets/single/1509