SS Front Row

Auditioning for Shocker Sound and

Shocker Sound Machine


Shocker Sound performs for all home games of the volleyball and men and women basketball teams, including. There are approximately 10 volleyball games, 20 men’s games, and 20 women's games each season, excluding tournaments. The season typically begins in September and concludes in March. Shocker Sound will travel to tournaments when the teams are invited to participate.

Shocker Sound Machine is the new marching ensemble at WSU that will focus on styles and techniques from the traditional marching band as well as the contemporary DCI model. Shocker Sound Machine will perform at select Basketball games and special events.

In order to be eligible to participate in Shocker Sound, a student must be enrolled in at least one class at WSU and have experience on an instrument. Beginning Fall 2019 Athletic Bands (MUSP 416) will be offered for students involved with either Shocker Sound or Shocker Sound Machine. Shocker Sound and Shocker Sound Machine rehearsal times are currently being evaluated. They were on Mondays and Thursdays from 7-9pm during the 18-19 academic year. We are looking at 5:00-7:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as alternative times for AY19-20.

Due to the NCAA and NIT Tournament Regulations, the total number of Shocker Sound personnel is limited to 29-playing members per tournament trip. However, during the regular home games the personnel roster can accommodate a larger roster. Personnel are rotated in and out of the band to give more opportunity for participation and to accommodate availability.


(WSU provides instruments for participating students)

Alto Sax – 5-8
Tenor Sax – 2-4
Bari Sax – 1-2
Trumpet – 8-12
Mellophone – 4-8
Trombone – 6-10
Baritone (Euphonium) – 2-4
Sousaphones – 2-5
Drum Set – 2 (one player per game)
Bass Guitar - 1
Drumline (5sn, 2ten, 4bs)


Fall 2019 Audition Info



ALL STUDENTS - PLAYING AUDITION Tuesday, August 20th - DFAC Room B104 - 10am-4:45pm
ALL STUDENTS - MOVEMENT AUDITION Tuesday, August 20st - DFAC C7 - 5:00pm

PERCUSSION!! - PLAYING AUDITION Tuesday, August 20th - 6:00pm-8:00pm


Audition Procedure and Preparation
FIRST - go >> HERE << to signup for an audition time for your playing audition. Then find your respective audition excerpts below. You may be asked to sight read a little bit and demonstrate some range. The auditions will be done for Professor Hulett and the Athletic Band Staff.


FALL 2019 WSU Athletic Bands Audition EXCERPTS (Posted by August 1)

Alto Sax
Tenor Sax
Bari Sax
Electric Bass
Drum Set

***Percussion auditions will be arranged and completed by Professor Lucas Hulett and the staff.***
Please contact Professor Hulett for more information.


Audition Results
Audition results will be posted outside B104 – Dr. Shade’s Office and C114 - Instrument Storage Room.