All high school and transfer students across the country are invited to audition for The Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite. The Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite Marching Band is the largest student organization on campus, and includes students with an assorted range of interests and backgrounds, enrolled in various programs of study at the university, in pursuit of a degree and graduation.
As a student in the Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite Band, you will have the opportunity to gain scholarships, travel to many locations around the country, become a part of a prosperous university and band tradition, and regularly perform for audiences across the nation as a representative of the university. Within the Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite, you will form special bonds and relationships with the staff and fellow band mates that will last a lifetime.
Joining the band is easy!!! Below, the process is mapped out in a few simple steps. For more information, please contact our band office at (601) 877-6266, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fill out the S.O.D. Interest Form
This form tells us some basic information about you, including your contact information, parent/guardian name, numbers, etc., which will help us keep you updated on important dates and information.
Apply to the university
Incoming freshmen and transfer students should apply for admission to the university using the application on the Alcorn State University's Admissions page. If help is needed with financial aid, you can visit Alcorn State University's Financial Aid page. Lastly, you can find about housing by clicking here for Alcorn State University's Residential Life
***UPDATED DECEMBER 2021***
Each prospective student of the Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite can audition in person, complete a virtual audition by way of video submission, or by scheduling a live video conference with one of the band staff members. If you are a current high school Band Director, appointments can be set with the band staff to make an in person appearance to audition students. Auditions are held February 1st through April 30th. We encourage you schedule a live video conference in order for the staff to get to know you, however, we will accept recorded audition videos. We ask that you send all video recordings to email@example.com through google drive. To schedule a live video audition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember to do your best when auditioning. This is how the staff determines your scholarship amount. Please see below for more detail.
Wind Instrument Players
Audition materials should include:
12 major & minor scales (play as many octaves as possible)
Prepared piece of your choice
Sight reading (live video auditions)
Audition materials should include:
at least 3 of the original 40 rudiments (open,closed,open)
a prepared written snare solo piece.
a nice call out/solo on your prospective instrument
In addition to the aforementioned snare requirements, include marching video footage (No twirling/blazing)
Young ladies aspiring to audition for the World Renowned Golden Girls are required to also fill out the Golden Girls Interest Form. Once a date and time is determined by the band staff, a one-day CLOSED try out will take place in the Samuel S. Griffin Band Hall. All material needed for the audition can be received by emailing Dr. Kecia Ashley at email@example.com. In addition to the fall semester, the World Renowned Golden Girls are also active in the spring in parades, basketball games, competitions, and special appearances.
Young ladies aspiring to audition for the Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite's Purple Flashers are required to also fill out the S.O.D. Interest Form. Once a date and time is determined by the band staff, a one-day CLOSED try out will take place in the Samuel S. Griffin Band Hall. All material needed for the audition can be received by emailing
Ky-Yahma Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.