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March 26, 2011 3:03 am
posted by Carlo Evanson

Band ScholarshipsThere are a variety of options available for those who are interested in pursuing Band Scholarships, below are just a few of the options you may want to take into consideration.

What Types of Band Scholarships are Available?

There are a number of different kinds of band scholarships available for those who qualify.  The different types offered include those offered by the colleges themselves (usually through the college’s music department) as well as scholarships for band offered through private foundations and organizations as well as by individual states for students who show an aptitude for music and who meet their specific qualifications.

College music scholarships are fairly easy to apply for.  The information for them is usually listed on the college’s website under the music department, or under “scholarships.”  Each college will have different requirements; some will ask that you be music major before you apply for a band scholarship, others will require that you be an active member in a marching or performance band, while some individual college scholarships may be available simply on a basis of musical aptitude.  It is best, when considering applying for college band scholarships, to check with your individual college for more information.

When it comes to private foundations and organizations, most who have band scholarships award them on a basis of participation (such as participation in a community band or volunteer organization) and/or extraordinary musical aptitude and/or financial need.  Each individual organization or scholarship available will have its own list of requirements, and it is important to pay attention to the fine print when applying.

Finally, there are state and local scholarships that are awarded to band students from a specific geographical area who (usually) plan on attending a state university and being active in the band there.  These sorts of scholarships are usually based on aptitude, previous participation in high-school level bands and may require the pursuit of music major depending on the college in question.

Some Examples of Band Scholarships

While there are, quite literally hundreds of band scholarships available when you add them all together, we have included a few examples of different kinds of band scholarships so you can have an idea of what is out there.

The Glenn Miller Scholarship Competition offers up to $4,500 to instrumentalists who qualify (including band members).  Consideration is based on three factors; application, competition and performance.

The Marine Band Concerto Competition offers scholarships of up to $2,500 apiece for students who compete who play brass, woodwind or percussion instruments.

Auburn University Band Scholarships are an example of those scholarships available to deserving students that participate in University Band Programs.  Scholarship amounts vary depending on the need of the student and the school’s scholarship fund, but are awarded without regard to the major of the student as long as they participate in the University Band or Marching Band.

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4 Responses to “Band Scholarships”

  1. Cailey Shirley says:

    My daughter Cailey Shirley attends Woodstock High School. She needs to get a full scholarship, to attend college, for 2012 year. She has been in band 4 years. Herr dream is to continue her Education. I hate to see her lose interest because of lack of money to attend college. It has been hard just to get her through The high school band. Money has been very tight! I only have a small cleaning service. I could use all the help i can get

    Thank You Cindy Shirley

  2. Don says:

    I can play guitar, bass guitar, lead guitar, beat box, tambourine, maraca, chimes set, drum set and little bit of bamboo flute. Can I apply for a band scholarship?

  3. Alejandra Monjardin says:

    Hello, I play bass clarinet and I was a Texas All-State Honor Band Musician my sophmore and Senior year. I am now in college currently transfering to Northwestern State University where I recieved a scholarship of 6,985 dollars a semester, leaving me with about 4,000 to cover a semester. Any help would be amazing!


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