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Athletic Bands

Carolina Basketball Band

Get ready for an exciting season of Gamecock Basketball! The Carolina Basketball Band cheers on the men’s and women’s basketball teams both at home and during tournament play. Get courtside seats for every home game and travel to all post-season tournaments to hear the band and support the teams.

Members of the Carolina Basketball Band are made up of a pool of musicians who perform for all men’s and women’s home basketball games in Colonial Life Arena and are an integral part of the in-game atmosphere.

Membership in the band is open to all students regardless of major or classification. Members are selected by audition, receive a stipend for participation, and rotate playing for assigned events throughout the season. You do not need to be a member of the marching band to participate.

Instrumentation includes alto and tenor saxophones, trumpets, mellophones, trombones, baritones, sousaphones and drum set (players should be proficient in various rock, swing and Latin styles). Instruments can be provided for brass players, and drummers needn’t have their own drum set.

The Carolina Basketball Bands are directed by Cormac Cannon and Tonya Mitchell. E-mail Dr. Cannon with any questions regarding the audition process and schedule.

2018 Auditions

Basketball Band auditions for saxophones and brass are Monday, September 24 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Copenhaver Band Hall located at 326 Sumter Street. To sign-up, fill out the form here. (audition music is linked to the form)

On Wednesday, September 26 from 7:00–9:00 p.m., there is a rehearsal for all regular members and subs, and at that time drummers will audition. There is also one additional rehearsal on Thursday, October 4 from 7:00–9:00 p.m. at Colonial Life Arena.

Download the audition flyer.