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Whether you are returning for your senior season or are just beginning your college career, we strive to make Tiger Band auditions a simple and straightforward process across all disciplines.
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How The Process Works
Golden Girl auditions are divided into a multi-round process which takes place in March and April each year. To begin the process, you register to audition through the form on this webpage once it is available. Once applications close, you will be assigned an audition number which you will use throughout the process. A PDF information packet, which contains full details of the audition process, can be downloaded below.
- Clinics are offered prior to the start of the audition process. These are optional, but will help prepare you for the audition process. See the next section for more information about clinics.
- The first round consists of a solo dance routine, which is submitted as a video. Review the audition information packet to learn about the requirements for this video.
- The second round consists of a technique-oriented routine, which is also submitted as a video. Review the audition information packet to learn about the requirements for this video.
- The final round is an in-person audition day in Baton Rouge. In this round, finalists will learn a jazz routine from current LSU Golden Girls, have a one-hour break, then perform for judges in small groups. The final LSU Golden Girls line for the coming season is announced at the end of this day.
We offer several clinics prior to the start of the audition process each year. These events are open to all dancers from 8th grade through college levels, and are designed to prepare current and future auditionees in the techniques and styles of the LSU Golden Girls. Clinic attendance is encouraged, but NOT required, for those who plan to audition.
Clinic Dates: February 24, March 9, March 23
All clinics are held from 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Tiger Band Hall. You must register in advance to attend a clinic.
2024 Golden Girl Audition Dates & Deadlines
March 1 – Online audition registration opens at 8:00 a.m. CST.
March 17 – Online audition registration closes at 11:59 p.m. CST.
March 20 - Round 1 (solo) video submission deadline, 8:00 p.m. CST.
March 26 – Round 1 results announced. Finalists advance to Round 2.
April 7 – Round 2 (technique) technique video submission deadline, 8:00 p.m. CST.
April 13 – Finalist in-person auditions in Baton Rouge.
We offer several clinics prior to the start of the audition process each year. These events are open to all high schoolers and college students, and are designed to prepare current and future auditionees in the techniques and styles of the LSU Colorguard. Clinic attendance is encouraged, but NOT required, for new members. Clinic attendance is required for returning members.
Clinic Dates: February 25, March 10, April 7
All clinics are held from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Tiger Band Hall. You must register in advance to attend a clinic.
2024 Audition Process
- Minimum 2.0 LSU GPA.
- In good standing with the university.
- Enroll in MUS 4250.
- Remain available and flexible for travel commitments, particularly on weekends.
- Hip to ankle black leggings or black jazz pants.
- Black jazz shoes, if possible.
- Black (preferably fitted) sleeveless top.
- Gameday makeup (heavier natural)
- No red lipsticks, strictly neutral colors.
- No bright, too dark, or neon color eyeshadows.
- Gameday hair
- Refer to this link for hair tutorial: Golden Girl and Colorguard Hair Tutorial
- If you have short hair, please make sure hair is appropriately groomed for both rounds and out of your face.
All Phase 1 content is to be submitted directly via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and consists of the following items and due dates:
- Proof of enrollment or admissions letter.
- Due April 19 at 11:59 p.m.
- One Fundamentals Routine Video
- Follow the template / example video posted to LSU Colorguard social media.
- Due April 19 at 11:59 p.m.
- For new members only, two recommendation letters are to be sent, by the person referring, NOT the student.
- Due April 19 at 11:59 p.m.
You will receive an email informing you if you are accepted to Phase 2 of auditions. If accepted, you must submit your solo routine music for Phase 2 by April 25 at 11:59 p.m. (See below for more information on the solo routine requirements.)
Phase 2 auditions will take place on April 27, 2024 at the Tiger Band Hall, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Please plan for the process to take the majority of the morning and afternoon, with a lunch break provided.
Phase 2 auditions will consist of two rounds:
Round One (Solos)
- Solos should consist of some dance but majority flag work.
- Routines must be at a minimum of 1 minute but not exceed 1:30 seconds.
- You may use your own equipment for this portion.
- Routines must be your own original choreography.
- Cuts can be made in this round.
- Please eat before or after your performance to keep the day running smoothly.
Round Two (Fundamentals, Group Routine, etc.)
- This round will consist of some review of the fundamentals from the videos sent in and two routines taught on-the-spot (stand dance and flag routine.)
- You MUST use LSU Colorguard equipment for this portion.
- Cuts will be made after auditionees perform the on-the-spot flag routine in front of the judges to make the preliminary team.
April 15 – Deadline to register for auditions and to send proof of enrollment or admissions
April 19 – Deadline for recommendation letters to be sent. (New members only!)
April 25 – Deadline to submit solo music if you are accepted to the in-person round.
April 27 – Finalist in-person auditions.
While we welcome music majors and minors with open arms, the majority of Tiger Band (over 75%) is actually comprised of majors from other colleges and schools across the LSU campus, such as Business, Engineering, Mass Communication, and more.
There are several opportunities. If you are selected as a member of the Tiger Marching Band, you will automatically receive a $1,000 stipend, disbursed in even installments throughout the season. We have further scholarship opportunities available based on director recommendations, instrument needs in departmental ensembles, and student performance ability.
Every member of Tiger Band must have a minimum 2.0 GPA and remain in good academic standing with the university. Additionally, all members must be full-time students at LSU, which is defined as a minimum of 12 credit hours.
If you drop below full-time credit hour status after you make Tiger Band, you can remain a member, but you will forfeit your stipend award.* If you withdraw/resign from the university, your membership in the organization ends immediately.
*Note: If you are graduating in the same fall semester as your Tiger Band membership, you are permitted to be part-time and can keep your stipend award, pending confirmation from your academic advisor and Department of Bands approval.
Typically 10 - 14 hours per week, varying based on football game schedules and travel.
Tiger Band rehearses for an hour and a half (3:50 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.) Tuesday through Friday each week. When you enroll for the course (MUS 4250) you will receive one credit-hour from the university.
If we are hosting a football game in Baton Rouge, we have an additional rehearsal on Saturday morning, followed by a catered lunch.
If we are traveling to an away game at another university or a neutral site, we will typically leave on Friday and return to Baton Rouge on Sunday.
Actually, we pay you!
The Department of Bands covers costs such as dry cleaning of your uniform, most instrument repairs, and official travel, in addition to your $1,000 stipend award. We do not charge you a fee to be a member of Tiger Band.
For returning members, we also offer student staff positions to assist with band operations. These positions include specialized roles such as equipment managers, music librarians, social outreach team members, and more. Student staff positions receive additional payments.
At least once per season, but typically more.
Tiger Band attempts to take one full band trip during the regular season and further full band trip(s) for any postseason game(s). Additionally, we assemble an approximately 100-member pep band to travel to each away game within reasonable travel distance. The roster for away game travel rotates; every member does not necessarily travel to every away game.
Once again, the Department of Bands covers your costs for all of this travel, including per diem for meals. Excuse letters (PS-22) will be provided if a travel departure overlaps with university class times, allowing you to make-up any classwork you may have missed.
Typically 5 to 7 shows, depending on the exact football season schedule.
We do our best to keep show content fresh and exciting for both members and our fans! Students also have opportunities to collaborate with staff and pitch new show ideas at the end of each season.