There is a football game a few days after Halloween.
For this game, Racer Band will put on a themed musical performance and members are asked to wear Halloween costumes!
Start Planning your costume today.
It's a cool tradition.
More details to follow at camp.
Family Racer Band Camp Concert:
Invite parents and friends!
The concert is Sunday, Aug. 18th at 7pm on the steps of Lovett.
We’ll be performing music from our 2019 shows.
Bring lawn chairs, blankets, etc.
This is always a fun event!
PS ......Your family is invited to a picnic at 5pm (QUAD @ Lovett) .
MSU Racer Marching Band Parents:
We are excited to offer you and your family discounted 2019 Murray State Football season tickets as a parent and/or family member of a current MSU Racer Marching Band Musician!
For $50 (17% rebate off the standard public rate) you and your family can enjoy six home football games this season. Remember, Kindergarten through College students are free of charge on game day Saturdays, so no need to purchase season tickets for your college-aged (and under) family members!
There are a couple ways you can take advantage of this offer:
Please accept this offer as a small token of our appreciation to you and your family, along with your Murray State student, for their dedication and contributions to tradition-rich and vibrant home football game days. We look forward to a great football season this Fall at Murray State…”the Finest Place We Know”.
John Fannin Kevin Saal
Murray State University Murray State University
Associate Professor of Music Director of Athletics
Assistant Director of Bands
Director MSU Racer Marching Band
Band T-shirts: Our 2019 Racer Band t-shirt this year will be gray. The 2019 t-shirt is part of the MSU Racer Band Uniform and is to be worn under your formal uniform at all performances. We will sometimes wear our Band T-Shirts with jeans or shorts instead of marching in full uniform. Your first shirt is free and will be passed out at check-in. Check the web/Facebook later this summer for the design.
**We often have shirts for parents to purchase during Family Weekend and Festival of Champions– stay tuned**
Section T-shirts: Section shirts will be designed by your section leaders. Your section will likely discuss this topic during sectionals at camp. This is not required, but a lot of sections make section shirts. Money should be collected during camp or soon after. No one is required to purchase section shirts, but it’s always fun!
Marching Shoes: All members must have WHITE band shoes, not nursing shoes or any other substitute. If you already have white band shoes, you are all set – no need to get new ones. If you need shoes, you will need to purchase a pair at check-in. The cost will be around $34 – check Facebook posts from Uniform Officers. Color Guard will have a separate shoe – this is handled at camp (approx. $25) Shoes will be fitted and paid for at check-in. If you need new shoes, bring cash or checks to check-in made out to Robert Kapp and Associates. All shoes will be shipped directly to Murray State and passed out at a rehearsal. All shoes must be fitted and paid for by Aug 14th. After that date, contact a Uniform Officer so we can place your own private order. (You will pay more, because of shipping/etc.) There is a huge penalty for not having the correct footwear.
Instrumentation: To make the strongest Racer Band possible, all members should perform where they are most proficient (what you did in high school marching band). Racer Band is not the place to try something new! Instrument transfers will be handled on an as-needed basis (email for more information). If we have already talked, plan on what we discussed. QUESTIONS? – email Mr. Fannin.
Music Majors – you must perform on your major instrument. Exceptions require a request to Mr. Fannin and ap- proval by Dr. Unrau (Department Chair), Dr. Blanco (Director of Bands), Mr. Erickson (Unit Chair), and your private teacher. Email Mr. Fannin if you would like to be considered to perform in another area/instrument.
Member Criteria: 98% of all successful high school band members will be able to meet the following Racer Band membership criteria:
Be an average high school band performer, able to keep up with musical reqs. of our shows Be able to stay in-step & keep up with visual requirements of our shows
Work effectively within a large organization
Be on time and organized **If you cannot fulfill these criteria, speak with Mr. Fannin for alternate placement**
Percussion Part Assignments: Please go to RacerBand.com for information regarding the video audition required for all new members prior to attending camp(and vets wanting to switch instruments). If you haven’t already, please submit your videos as soon as possible. You will receive an email by letting you know what instrument(s) you might play in the 2019 Racer Band. At camp, we will continue to evaluate all percussion members. We will continue switching people around over the first weekend until we feel like we have the line set. Bring sticks/mallets for your instrument (we will provide bass drum mallets & keyboard mallets). Our goal is to find a spot for everyone, but there are limited numbers of spots in each section based on equipment and talent level. Email questions to: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Color Guard: Thank you for your interest in joining Racer Band Color Guard. In the past few years, we have held video auditions due in the summer before camp. This year, we would like to do things a little differently. We will be holding auditions at Racer Band camp, similar to how the drum line and pit audition. We would like to be able to not only watch you spin, but also watch you learn and communicate with your leaders and staff members. This is one of the most important parts of Racer Band. For our guard, there is a lot of work learned in a short amount of time. It’s vital that you are willing to spend extra time outside of camp to remember and go over work. As we do not have anything specific for you to prepare, we do have a list of skills that we use commonly. Please keep in mind, if you are unable to perform the entire list of skills, try out anyway. This list is a starting point. We are here to teach you things that you may not have been taught before. ALL GUARDS ARE TAUGHT DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES. We understand and love the fact that Racer Band brings together so many different skill levels of performers. We do not require that you have been in a guard before, but do require that you have performing/ marching experience. You need to be physically fit enough to be able to perform jazz run/walks (across the floor exercises), Drop spins (left and right), Double time (left and right), Tosses (single, halves, 45s, etc.). During the first few days of pre-camp (guard and percussion camp), we will be teaching technique and learning some of the pre-game tunes performed at football games. We will have a short audition process even though we will be watching everyone work throughout the first few days. If we feel you are not ready to join the guard, we will let you know and try to find a different place for you in Racer Band.
Mellophones/Baritone/Sousaphones: We will provide as many baritones, mellophones, and sousaphones as we can. Our goal is to find a spot for everyone on his or her instrument of choice, but there are limited numbers of spots in each section based on equipment and talent level. If we run short on instruments you may be asked to play something else. We have 27 mellophones, 19 baritones, and 20 sousaphones. **Bring your own mouth- piece**
Trombone Players — MSU does not furnish trombones. You must provide your own instrument. If you have a nice instrument that you don’t want to march with; you might try a pawn shop to get an older trombone to march with. We want all trombone players to play trombone-It’s louder :)
Wind Part Assignments: Trumpet, trombone, mellophone, and clarinet players will be assigned parts. This will be very informal! Don't stress! The music for the auditions will be decided on by the section leaders at a time TBA (you will be contacted and informed) Please try to memorize as much music as possible prior to camp! MP3’s and PDF’s of most music will be on Racerband.com shortly. Download the music and play along! Contact your section leaders to ask what part. (As a general rule, pick a lower part.)