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.