Sound of the South

Troy University Bands

The Troy University Band Program is a comprehensive, student-oriented, multi-faceted organization that encourages participation from all disciplines and academic majors on the university campus. In addition to performing in the renowned “Sound of the South” Marching Band, auditions are held each semester for the opportunity to perform in the Symphony Band, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Basketball Pep Band, and various small ensembles.

Interested in Joining The Sound of the South?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely not! A musician may participate in any aspect of the band program regardless of their chosen major.

No! There is no formal audition for instrumentalists to be a member of the Marching Band, the Spring Semester Concert Band(s), the Jazz Ensemble II, or the Graduate Conducting Ensemble. Students wishing to participate in the Symphony Band, Jazz Ensemble I, Jazz Combo I, and the Basketball Pep Band are required to audition.

No! There are many of our current members who came from bands that were smaller than the section in which they are now playing. The only requirement to become a member is to have a great attitude and a willingness to work.

Yes! You must audition in person during the spring semester. Audition times are posted on the website along with the audition requirements. If you need to schedule another time to audition, you may call the band office to make your appointment at 334-670-3281 or email We encourage you to visit the campus and “sit in” with any of our ensembles at anytime. Simply call ahead so that we will know when you will be visiting us.
Typically, the “Sound” rehearses much less than most high school bands. After the presemester band camp, the band rehearses from 4:00 – 5:05 p.m. daily and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Thursday nights. 
Absolutely not! Being the largest student organization on campus, there is nearly every major represented in the band. In order for non-music majors to be able to continue to participate in their junior and senior years, they must be a part of a group that does not pull them from their academic classes excessively. The band staff makes every effort to create a rehearsal and performance schedule that will not discourage students from remaining in the band during their four years at Troy. When it is necessary for you to miss class you will be excused by the university and be allowed to make up any work you miss. 
Participating in the “Sound of the South” entails very little out-of-pocket expenses. Each member must buy their own helmet, gloves, and shoes. If you have the correct shoes and gloves already, you can just use those. We purchase our helmets through Details are sent out each year in our incoming member letter.
No! You are providing a service to the university, which assumes all expenses related to travel, including transportation, lodging and meals. The band travels with a professional charter bus company, our overnight accommodations are in quality hotels, and the university provides each member with catered meals or a cash per diem of $31.00 per day to purchase meals while traveling. 
Students interested in performing with the one of the auxiliary units (majorette, feature twirler, danceline and colorguard) must audition each spring. You will be financially responsible for your own uniform and accessories as determined by the Auxiliaries Coordinator and their respective Captains. Each auxiliary member will receive a $500 scholarship to help offset uniform costs upon being selected to participate. 
Yes. While missing a rehearsal to work is not considered an excused absence, there are many current band members who have jobs and bosses who are flexible with their schedules. The band has a two week member notification policy regarding any change in the performance schedule. Once the performance schedule has been finalized, it generally does not change.