In order to be eligible for Shocker Sound participation consideration, a student must be enrolled at WSU each semester in a minimum of one WSU course. Shocker Sound is an extra-curricular activity with no University credit offered for participation. Each band member receives an honorarium per game of approximately $30 (subject to change) per game. Once the band is selected through auditions, each band member receives $15 (subject to change) per rehearsal. Honorariums typically are disbursed in January and May.
Shocker Sound performs for all games of both Men and Women, including games during Winter Break. There are approximately 20 Men’s Games and 20 Women's Games each basketball season, excluding tournaments. The season typically begins in October and concludes in March. Shocker Sound travels to tournaments when the teams are invited to participate. At the beginning of the season and at the beginning of each semester, once the band is selected, students provide game availability by semester and are assigned to games according to availability and instrumentation needs.
Due to the NCAA and NIT Tournament Regulations, the total number of Shocker Sound personnel is limited to 30-playing members per game. However, during the fall semester the personnel roster includes approximately 50 students. Personnel are rotated in and out of the band to give more students an opportunity to participate in Shocker Sound and to accommodate the availability of each student’s schedule.
At the beginning of spring semester Shocker Sound is re-auditioned selecting the most proficient players. Spring semester personnel must make a strong commitment to playing the majority of the games since the regular season is followed by tournament play requiring a cohesive and experienced band.
SHOCKER SOUND PREFERRED INSTRUMENTATION (NOTE: WSU provides instruments to qualified students.)
• Alto Sax – 5 • Trumpet – 8 • Marching Baritone horn (Euphonium) – 2
• Tenor Sax – 2 • Trombone – 6 • Drum Set – 2 (one player per game)
• Bari Sax – 1 • Marching F-horn (Mellophone) – 4 • Bass Guitar - 1
• Sousaphones – 3
It is highly recommended and shown to be to the advantage of students desiring Shocker Sound Basketball Band membership to enroll in Concert Band. This is because Concert Band students play their instruments throughout the academic year keeping playing skills proficient as well as improving skills.
Concert Band enrollment it is not a requirement for Shocker Sound eligibility, however, in addition to the audition the following priority guidelines are considered in selecting members for Shocker Sound:
(1) Music major or music minor
(2) Member of the Concert Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and/or Jazz Arts Ensembles
(3) Seniority (students previously members of the Shocker Sound)
Auditions typically are held the last week of September for the fall semester band. Students interested in auditioning for Shocker Sound must attend at least one of the Pre-Season Rehearsals and are encouraged to attend more as to increase the opportunity for completing a successful audition. Dates and times of pre-season rehearsals and auditions are announced to members of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and Jazz Arts ensembles during regular rehearsals. The general student population is informed of pre-season rehearsals and auditions though “Shocker Blast,” the student Email publication, and ads in the “Sunflower" student newspaper.
At the beginning of spring semester Shocker Sound is re-auditioned selecting the most proficient players in the band from the membership of the Fall Semester band. The spring semester band travels to tournaments. In order to qualify for the spring semester band students must have been selected for and participated in the fall semester band; however, some exceptions are made, such as for students involved in student teaching fall semester - other extenuating circumstances will be considered by the Director of Bands.
Audition results will be posted on the Band Board located outside the Bands Graduate Assistants’ office, DFAC Room C114.