Band Auditions

All band scholarships are based on your experience as a high school band member and a quick audition with the Hinds CC Band Director. Wind students who participated in the Mississippi All-State Lion’s Band or Drum Corps are exempt from the audition process and will receive a full scholarship (tuition, dorm, and meal costs). Percussion and Guard members who participated in Lion’s Band or Drum Corps must attend scheduled auditions as a formality.

Students are encouraged to audition early in the semester as funds may not be available in the late summer months. Please see below for audition requirements for each area

Once you are ready to audition, please fill out an online band application and call or email the band director to set up an appointment (601-857-3273).

Music Majors should contact the Music Department at 601-857-3271 for more information. Audition requirements for instrumental music majors are the same as band scholarship auditions.

Winds & Mallets

Audition Requirements

  • Scales: 5 Major scales of your choice (Music Majors should be prepared to play all major scales.)
  • Chromatic Scale: full range of the instrument
  • Prepared Piece: solo or etude your choice
  • Sight Reading provided by the director

Audition Dates

  • Thursday, March 3, 2022 – 4:00 – 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 9, 2022 – 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Saturday, May 7, 2022 – 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Special appointments also upon request.

Shane Sprayberry
601-857-3273

Percussion

Audition Requirements

Drum Line auditions are held as a group. Students wanting to play snare, tenors, or bass drum in the Eagle Marching band should plan to attend the group audition. Mallets and auxiliary percussion – see requirements above.

Audition Dates

  • Saturday, April 9, 2022 – 1:00 – 3:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 7, 2022 – 1:00 – 3:00 PM (required attendance)
Shane Sprayberry
601-857-3273

Color Guard

The Eagle Marching Band Color Guard Captains will review guard fundamentals, marching and basic dance moves then teach a short routine during the clinic. Students will then return on the audition dates listed above and tryout in groups of 4—6. You will be notified through mail if you have been chosen as a guard member or if you need to return again for a second audition.

Audition Dates

  • Thursday, March 10, 2022 – 4:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 7, 2022 – 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Shane Sprayberry
601-857-3273

Sophomore & Freshmen Drum Major

Eagle Band Drum Majors are the highest-ranking members on the Eagle Band leadership team. We are seeking highly motivated students who want to impact their peer’s lives while continuing to develop their leadership skills.

Audition Dates

  • Tuesday, March 8, 2022 – 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Shane Sprayberry
601-857-3273

Band Managers

The Eagle Band and directors would not be successful without dedicated band managers to assist with daily duties. These energetic members set up the practice field, move equipment for rehearsals and games, and provide much needed supported each day. These students are generally friends of band members or students who need financial assistance.

Interested students should complete the band application and have three letters of recommendation sent to the address below. Band managers typically receive a full tuition scholarship for the fall semester. Spring semester scholarships are offered on an ‘as needed’ basis.

    Shane Sprayberry
    601-857-3273

    Hi-Steppers

    In order to audition, candidates must complete the Hi-Steppers online application and must attend at least one of the clinics. Students in grades 7-12 are welcome to attend clinics.

    Audition Dates

    Clinics and auditions will be held at Bee Hall on the following dates:

    • Clinic – Friday, February 18, 2022 – 4:00 – 7:00 PM
    • Audition Clinic – Friday, March 25, 2022 – 4:00 – 7:00 PM
    • Audition – Saturday, March 26, 2022 – 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Audition Clinic – Friday, April 22, 2022 – 4:00 – 7:00 PM
    • Audition – Saturday, April 23, 2022 – 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

    Please visit the Hi-Steppers page or contact Angela Hite for more information.

    Angela Hite
    601-857-3232

    Contact

    Shane Sprayberry
    Performing Arts Department Chair & Director of Bands
    601-857-3273