Q: Is the Golden Eagle Band (GEB) just for cadets?
A: No. Absolutely not. The GEB is open to ALL university students.
Q: Is the GEB a military band?
A: No. We do, however, participate in military reviews and parades.
Q: So, then, what does the band do?
A: Most of our efforts are dedicated to the production of our touring show, which is similar to shows seen in the DCI (Drum Corps International) and WGI (Winter Guard International) circuits. Last year was the Golden Eagle Band’s first competitive season. The Golden Eagle Band experienced much success competing in the WGI Winds and DCI SoundSport Divisions.
Q: Is the show like a football halftime show?
A: No. Our shows are designed and performed in gymnasiums. The show is only performed indoors. And, incidentally, North Georgia doesn’t have a football team. The Golden Eagle Band performs a custom designed drum and bugle corps style show each season.
Q: How often does the Golden Eagle Band rehearse?
A: Depends on your caption (section): Percussion – Tuesdays, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Brass and Woodwinds– Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00 – 5:15 p.m. Color Guard – Wednesday, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. We also hold two to three weekend camps during each semester (Fall and Spring), which run Friday night through Sunday afternoon.
Q: What are the Golden Eagle Band weekend camps like?
A: Golden Eagle Band camps are intense. This is when we learn significant parts of our show, especially the visual components. The schedule is normally as follows: Friday Night: 6:00-10:00 p.m. Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Sunday: 3:00 – 6:00 pm. Of course, all band camps need some fun activities. We regularly program competitions, talent shows, and other team building activities during the camps.
Q: Do you stay overnight during camps?
A: No. However, all meals, excluding breakfast, are provided. In fact, it is worth joining GEB just for the food.
Q: Does the GEB march woodwinds?
A: Traditionally, the answer to this question has been no. However, we are looking to expand our instrumentation. If enough interested individual join, the Golden Eagle Band will march woodwinds this season.
Q: What about uniforms?
A: The Golden Eagle Band provides all components of the uniform, both the WGI competitive uniform and the traditional marching band uniform. A uniform maintenance fee is assessed on all members. This covers EVERYTHING: marching shoes, band t-shirts, show shirts, full uniform, gloves, garment bag, and dry cleaning.
Q: How much physical activity is required of Golden Eagle Band members?
A: Hornline, drumline, and color guard members must be able to perform a variety of physical tasks, including basic body work, basic ballet, and advanced corps style marching techniques at tempos up to and sometimes above 170 beats per minute. Front ensemble members should be prepared to move some heavy percussion and electronic instruments. Regular exercise and physical training is recommended for all members.
Q: How much does it cost to march Golden Eagle Band?
A: Due to increased participation in the WGI Winds competitive circuit, the yearly fee for all Golden Eagle Band members will be $450. This fee includes the uniform maintenance fee and the annual tour fee; the Golden Eagle Band typically makes 3-4 out of state trips each year. We travel exclusively in charter buses and often provide some meals on the road. There are no additional fees required for participation in the Golden Eagle Band.
Q: Are instruments provided by the band?
A: Yes. All brass and percussion instruments are provided by the band. The hornline currently performs on Yamaha marching brass, and the percussion section is sponsored by Mapex Drums.
Q: How do I audition for the Golden Eagle Band?
A: Auditions are held during the annual Rookie Camp, which takes place during the first weekend of the fall semester. Evaluations of your musical skill, your ability to quickly adapt to our visual program, and your ability to handle the intensity of our rehearsals will be conducted as part of your participation in the camp.
Q: How good do I need to be in order to successfully audition for the GEB?
A: Most members have marched in a high school band or drum corps for at least two years. All members should have at least 4 years of study on their respective instruments. Generally speaking, if you marched 3-4 years in your high school band, you will have no trouble adapting to the demands of the Golden Eagle Band.
Q: Do I have to march both semesters (fall and spring)?
A: Yes. No exceptions. Because the Golden Eagle Band competes during the spring semester, the fall semester is used for developing advanced marching and playing techniques as well as working on the competitive show.
Q: Does the Golden Eagle Band tour every year?
A: Each year the Golden Eagle Band conducts an annual tour in the early spring, performing in regional and national competitions. The tour normally lasts 5 days, and we always visit Walt Disney World at some point during the tour. Students usually miss no more than 1 or 2 days of classes during the entire spring semester. All absences from university coursework are excused by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.