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Western Thunder Marching Band

Department of Music

1000 E. University Ave, Department 3037

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5244

Fax: (307) 766-5326

Email: jcarver4@uwyo.edu

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Auxiliary Information

The Western Thunder Auxiliary, consisting of color guard and the feature twirler, performs with the University of Wyoming Western Thunder Marching Band at all home football games. In addition to performing at the games, the Auxiliary section performs at all spirit and pep events to support the football team, including possible away trips, bowl games and other events. The auxiliary section rehearses during the fall with the marching band Monday through Friday from 12:10 to 1:10 p.m. In addition to the scheduled class time, there are two evening sectional rehearsals each week. These evening rehearsals are generally two hours long. Saturdays are usually reserved for game day rehearsals and performances. The members of the UW Auxiliary section represent a variety of academic majors. All students in the marching band, including the auxiliary section, are still welcome to participate in different campus clubs and groups. We do not perform on all weekends during the fall semester.

The color guard spins a variety of equipment but specialize in 6' flags and swing flags.  The guard also incorporates all types of dance in our shows, pulling inspiration from ballet, modern, jazz, and lyrical styles. The possibility of spinning weaponry for the 2021 season will be determined by shows, time and skill/ability levels.

Prospective color guard members need to complete a registration form and audition so we can assess ability levels.  This audition will be done over the summer through a video submission.  In order to prepare for that audition, we suggest that students check out the WTMB Auxiliary YouTube Channel and our Instagram @wtmbauxiliary.  These will serve as a sources of teaching and audition information for all students interested in the colorguard. 

Any prospective members who have little to no experience, and are concerned about the audition process, please contact us at the below email so that we can best prepare and accommodate you for the upcoming season. We want to give you every opportunity to be successful and part of WTMB auxiliary.

Questions can be directed towards any of the following:

                                       

Auxiliary Audition Requirements

All candidates (new and returning) will submit video auditions for the 2021 season.  There will be no live auditions.  

2021 University of Wyoming Auxiliary Handbook 

The handbook contains: 

  • Technique and Expectations
  • Tips for Practicing 
  • All standard written routines - includes all school songs and warm-up routine

However, the video audition will consist of the warm up routine.  During the vdieo process, candidates are required to wear appropriate athletic clothing (allowing free movement) and footwear.

Please review the choreography video found here:  WTMB Auxiliary Choreography Demonstration

Then include a video of yourself performing the routine with music.  The song is "Blow Your Mind (Mwah)" by Dua Lipa, and you will need to start at the second verse.   Please give yourself time to review and post this, as this is a requirement.

Focus on the flagwork first, and then add the body underneath.   Please watch the YouTube page: WTMB Auxiliary YouTube Channel and follow our Instagram @wtmbauxiliary throughout June for breakdowns and tips to be successful with the audition material.

When uploading:

  • Title your video with your name and "Warm Up Routine"
  • Upload to YouTube as an "unlisted" file so the video can be viewed, but will not be publicly searchable on the internet (only people with the link can view the video)

SUBMIT YOUR AUDITION HERE

AUDITION VIDEOS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BY JULY 15, 2021

Feedback will be emailed shortly after the deadline, and then we will prepare for the 2021 season.

All questions and concerns can be directed toward any of the following:



 


 

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Western Thunder Marching Band

Department of Music

1000 E. University Ave, Department 3037

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5244

Fax: (307) 766-5326

Email: jcarver4@uwyo.edu

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