The University of Texas at Tyler announced the formation of its first marching band with recruiting of members underway.

Marching band will be available as a course this fall, said Dr. Michael Thrasher, School of Performing Arts director.

All UT Tyler students are invited to audition. Scholarships – projected between $600 and $800 per student – are available.

The school is in the process of hiring new faculty to lead in the formation and development of the band.

"We believe that the UT Tyler marching band will help advance the university in several important ways," Thrasher said. "First, marching bands are a common component of high school music programs throughout our area, and many of our graduates are preparing for careers as high school music educators. Second, the marching band will enhance the college experience for all of our students and will increase our visibility throughout the region.

"We have been discussing the possibility of adding a marching band for several years. Most recently, our university president and provost, Dr. (Rodney) Mabry and Dr. (Amir) Mirmiran, have become enthusiastic supporters and sponsors of this idea," he said.

Officials envision the marching band appearing in the city of Tyler Rose Parade and Christmas parade as well as at high school football games and UT Tyler athletic events.

The ensemble will incorporate the corps style of marching.

"Corps style is quite popular, and we would expect to provide extensive training and help to new band members," Thrasher said. "This would be the case regardless of how much experience prospective students may have, or the type of experience. We can even take members who have never marched before."

To try out, contact Thrasher at 903-566-7388 or

For more information, call 903-566-7450.


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