What Is It?
Cyclone Sound is an ensemble dedicated to the promotion of the marching band idiom. This promotion is accomplished through local performance at Iowa State athletic events and performances at area high schools. The ensemble is patterned off the group Blast!. Instrumentation includes brass, marching percussion, and color guard. Each of these elements will perform both separately and as a full ensemble. Our shows are constructed so that they can be performed as a 10 minute program for athletic events or as a 30 minute show for high school band periods.
When Is It?
Cyclone Sound operates from November through the middle of February. The bulk of the rehearsals and tour will always happen within the ﬁrst two weeks of the spring semester. This ensemble is based on individual preparation. Rehearsals are scheduled to either ﬁt in the fall Cyclone Marching Band schedule or during times that are very unlikely to conﬂict with academic, music, WGE, or DCI schedules. The tour is scheduled so that students will only miss one MWF class and one TR class. The goal is to be “student friendly”, and operate with little academic conﬂict. There is a mandatory camp that will happen the weekend before the spring semester starts. Please refer to the Rehearsal/Performance schedule included in this packet. Students have the option of taking this ensemble for up to 2 credits in the Spring Semester, please see Mr. Smyth for details.
Who Should and How to Join
Cyclone Sound is open to all students of Iowa State University. Preference will be given to those students involved in the Cyclone Marching Band, but will expand due to ensemble needs. This is a serious ensemble that is focused primarily on excellence in performance. Preparation will need to happen outside of the scheduled rehearsals, and music will need to be practiced before it’s rehearsed. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the group. Instrumentation for Cyclone Sound will be made up of Brass (trumpet, horn, mellophone, trombone, baritone, and sousaphone), Drumline (snare, tenor, bass, and cymbals), and Color Guard (silks only). The addition of woodwinds, keyboard instruments, or electronics may occur depending on need. Those interested in participating in the 2013-2014 Cyclone Sound need to review the requirements on the back of this sheet, ﬁll out the application attached, then sign up for an audition time on the main band bulletin board. Auditions are scheduled for Monday, November 4th from 6-9pm in the ISU Choir Room.