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Marching Band

For more than 80 years, the Washington Redskins Marching Band has led sell-out crowds in the team fight song, "Hail to the Redskins!" It is one of only two pro football marching bands in existence today.

The all-volunteer ensemble formed in 1937, when George Preston Marshall brought the Redskins to Washington, D.C., with the goal of entertaining fans from the moment they walked into the stadium until the time they left to go home.

The Marching Band entertains fans with pre-game and halftime shows and has marched between train stations and stadiums before notable games, down Broadway before a New York Giants game in the early 1960s, and around the concourse of Tampa Stadium during Super Bowl XVIII.

"Hail to the Redskins" made its debut on Aug. 17, 1938 as the official fight song of the Washington Redskins. The song was written by renowned band leader Barnee Breeskin and the lyrics were penned by Hollywood movie star Corinne Griffith, the wife of team founder and owner George Preston Marshall.

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Audition Process

First Round:

  • Brief introduction of yourself
  • 2-3 minute prepared musical piece of your choosing
  • Perform scales

Second Round:

  • Same day call backs
  • Sight read while marching in a small group

Third Round:

  • If chosen, you will be notified to attend a marching band rehearsal as your final audition
  • Same day call backs
  • Sight read while marching in a small group

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Instrument Requirements

Woodwind / Brass Instruments:

All woodwind and brass applicants must have their own instrument. 

Please be prepared to play:

  • All major scales, up to and including 4 sharps/4 flats. You will be asked to play two of them, randomly selected by the judges. The scales must be performed from memory.
  • A two-octave (if possible) chromatic scale.
  • Either a solo, an etude, or a selection from a marching or concert band piece of your own choosing that you feel best displays your talents on your instrument.
  • A short sight-reading exercise provided by the judges.

Note: We only march piccolos, clarinets, alto sax, tenor sax, trumpets, mellophones, euphoniums or baritones, trombones, and sousaphones. Other wind instruments are not part of our Marching Band.

Percussion Instruments:

  • Percussionists are expected to do a mix of DCI, R&B, and Go-Go styles with a bit of original choreography.
  • Must have knowledge and be able to execute The Contemporary and Standard 26 American drum rudiments, sight reading of music with time signatures of cut time, 2/4, 4/4 and 6/8, and the ability to hear and return (play) 4-8 bar rhythms.
  • Optionally, you may perform a 2-3 minute prepared rudimental selection - free style and/or written. Auditions will be done on snare drum.
  • All percussion applicants are expected to provide their own snare drum sticks.
  • Applicants who are selected for membership will be designated to a particular instrument based on vacancy and overall score.

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Application Process​​

  • Percussionists are expected to do a mix of DCI, R&B, and Go-Go styles with a bit of original choreography.
  • Must have knowledge and be able to execute The Contemporary and Standard 26 American drum rudiments, sight reading of music with time signatures of cut time, 2/4, 4/4 and 6/8, and the ability to hear and return (play) 4-8 bar rhythms.
  • Optionally, you may perform a 2-3 minute prepared rudimental selection - free style and/or written. Auditions will be done on snare drum.
  • All percussion applicants are expected to provide their own snare drum sticks.
  • Applicants who are selected for membership will be designated to a particular instrument based on vacancy and overall score.

Audition Requirements

To be eligible for the 2018 - 2019 Redskins Marching Band you MUST:

  • Be at least 21 years old, on or before April 1, 2018.
  • Have a full/part-time job, be a full-time college student or have a family
  • Be able to attend all Washington Redskins home games
  • Be able to attend weekly Wednesday night Band rehearsals at FedExField during the season
  • Have availability for 4-5 off-site mandatory Marching Band performances outside of game day
  • Know basic march style and sight reading
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time, walk long distances, and work in inclement weather of varying degrees

Directions and Parking

We strongly encourage you to submit your application online in advance of April 21st.

If you have any questions or concerns please email Danielle Lewis at lewisd@redskins.com.

Thank you for your interest in the Washington Redskins Marching Band! We look forward to your audition.

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