The University of Arizona

Fall 2020 Season Membership

Due to COVID-19, the following information is subject to change based on University and national safety/health protocols and policies.

Below is everything you need to know about being a member of the 2020 “Pride of Arizona” Marching Band. We are very excited about the upcoming season! The POA is a highly visible organization that represents not only the University of Arizona at football games, but also the University of Arizona Athletics Department and the Fred Fox School of Music. Built on musical and visual excellence, the nationally recognized POA marching band offers its members the opportunity to perform on a national stage at the highest possible level. We want the “Pride” to be a significant life experience that you will remember forever!

Please read the following information carefully.


* ALL STUDENTS must be registered for course MUS 400B/500B, or Pima Community College course MUS 200, including auxiliaries. You will not be issued a uniform, nor participate in any performances, until you are registered. If you have a problem registering through UAccess you can use a Drop/Add Form. If you are a Pima Community College student, you can apply as a Non-Degree Seeking Student through the Office of Admissions website. Do not delay – be registered before Band Camp!

New for 2020: UA students may register for course MUS 494 section 039 (MUS 694 section 039 for grad students) for variable credit hours (1-3) in addition to MUS 400B/500B (1 credit hour), for a total of up to 4 credits for marching band. MUS 400B/500B is still required. This additional course is optional. IMPORTANT: While MUS 400B/500B will be graded traditionally (A, B, C, D, E), MUS 494-039/694-039 will be graded alternatively (S, P, F). PCC Students: MUS 200 is set at 2 credits.

** ALL STUDENTS must complete the Student Profile form, including auxiliaries. This form is critical for our band to operate effectively.

Your attendance and participation in the dates and times listed on the Fall Schedule is mandatory. Reserve these dates on your calendar now. You will receive a complete detailed schedule of band events for the academic year during Band Camp. In addition to our regular rehearsals (MWF 3:00pm – 5:50pm, and some Saturdays 8:00am – 12:30pm), the “Pride” is also actively involved on the remaining dates. Please do not schedule anything else during these times.


Our pre-season rehearsals will begin on Saturday, August 15, and continue through Friday, August 21. During this time we will learn pre-game and at least Part 1 of our primary halftime show.

Band Camp is a week filled with difficult challenges, amazing growth, and character building as you all work to become the “Pride of Arizona” Marching Band. We strongly recommend that you arrive for rehearsals in good physical shape and wear shorts, comfortable athletic shoes (no sandals), and a hat for rehearsal. Temperatures in Tucson are in the low 100’s in mid-August. Plenty of water and sun-block are a must. We encourage you to bring your own supply including a gallon water jug with your name on it. You will also be responsible for providing your own meals.

Keep practicing this summer so that you can arrive in shape ready to play, dance, do guard work, and twirl with everything you have. We are looking forward to creating the finest possible experience for you.

Placement Auditions (Wind Players)

Auditions will begin promptly at 9:00 AM on the first day of Band Camp. These auditions are mandatory. You will not have a spot in the first show if you are not at the audition. These auditions are merely for part placement and are not meant to be stressful. Your playing will also be a factor in determining part-time or alternate status. So, keep practicing throughout the summer. Band Camp will be here before you know it!


Flute players must play a piccolo.

Clarinets and Saxophones will play on proper reeds (no plastic or synthetic reeds).

If you are renting a Fred Fox School of Music supplied instrument, you will need to purchase/provide your own mouthpiece. See below for the model of mouthpiece we require.

  • Sousaphones: Beginners need to play on a Conn Helleberg 120-S; all others play a PT-50
  • Baritones: Schilke 51D
  • Mellophones: Curry 1HTF
  • Bari-sax: Yamaha YAC-1295 5C

Instrument Rental

The Fox School of Music Pro Shop is located in the Fred Fox School of Music, Room 136. University provided instruments will be checked out on the first day of Band Camp. After the first day, you may check out an instrument by appointment only. Please email to make arrangements.

The use of a School of Music instrument is a privilege extended to you by the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music. You must have a photo ID and know your student ID or NetID in order to checkout an instrument. If you do not, please consult your UAccess Student Portal.

Bari saxes, mellophones, baritones, and sousaphones are available for a $75 rental fee plus a $75 deposit. (Other instruments are not rented to Marching Band unless approved by Carson Scott). Your Bursar’s account will be charged for this rental when you check out your instrument. No cash or checks will be accepted. The deposit will be credited to your Bursar’s account if the instrument is returned on time and in the same condition as when the instrument was checked out. This deposit does not carry over from year to year. All students must pay the above fees in order to be issued an instrument. Scholarships do not waive these fees.

If you are a Pima Community College student the instrument rental fee is $150 payable only by cashier’s check or money order. There is no refund given for Pima students.

It is your responsibility to report any damage, theft, or loss immediately to Professor Shoopman and Carson Scott with the date, time, and details of the event. Please include your contact information. Use this form to report an incident. Telling a staff member or student does not qualify as appropriately reporting damage. You will be held responsible for associated costs.

All instruments must be returned clean and in working order to the Fred Fox School of Music Pro Shop by January 25, 2021 or your deposit will be forfeit and your Bursar’s account will be charged for the replacement cost of the instrument. Sousaphone check-in will be scheduled separately. Those people needing instruments for Pep Band during the second semester must renew their checkout by this date or they will forfeit their deposit.

The Fred Fox School of Music has a limited number of instruments available for check-out. If you find during the season that you no longer need to use the instrument that you checked out, please return it as soon as possible to the Fred Fox School of Music Pro Shop so that someone else may use it.

NOTE: Any questions or problems regarding instrument rental should be directed to Carson Scott at 520-621-9853.

Instrument Maintenance

General Care
NEVER handle these instruments without wearing gloves. During the rental period, you are responsible for the care of the instrument. Please keep it clean. Reminder that all instruments must be returned to the Fred Fox School of Music Pro Shop clean and in working order.

To avoid unnecessary damage to University owned instruments, store and transport them in their proper case at all times. These cases are designed to hold only the instrument and limited supplies; consequently, store only the instrument in the case. Please alert the Fred Fox School of Music Pro Shop if you have problems with any case so that it can be corrected as soon as possible.

Use the thinnest synthetic valve oil you can find. Oil the valves often. If the valves stick or slow down, take them out and clean them off, clean out the casings, and oil them again. Use Vaseline on slides to keep them lubricated. If a slide or mouthpiece should become stuck, apply a few drops of valve oil on the edge – this may help to dislodge it. If this does not help, contact the School of Music Equipment Managers. Do not force stuck slides or mouthpieces!

Keep your mouthpiece and instrument clean. Running warm water through the instrument will do the job. Dry the instrument with a soft cloth. All the instruments have been cleaned this summer and were stored with dry valves. Prior to playing, oil the valves.

Keep the instrument as clean as possible. Avoid exposing the instrument to water (rain, mud, swimming pools, etc.). Swab out instrument after each use. Keep the corks greased. If the instrument’s mechanisms get stuck, a spring breaks, or a pad falls out, bring the instrument to the School of Music Equipment Managers.

NOTE: Any questions or problems regarding instrument maintenance should be directed to Carson Scott at 520-621-9853.


Shirts and UA Drill Binders

Shirts are TBD at this time.

You will also need to purchase a UA Drill Binder with clear sheets included (approx. $14). Note: Tubas will purchase just the rings and clear sheets, not the binder. This year, the UA BookStore will bring a credit card reader to take payment for the Binders and Tuba packs. Please keep in mind, you may still need a check to rent an instrument if you’re not a full-time student.

Shoes, Gloves, Lyres, Flip Folders, Extra Flip Folder Pages

All wind players must purchase the required items listed below. There are many places you may find these required items. The links below are from Band Shoppe. These are provided to direct you to the exact product we require. However, you may purchase these items from any vendor including, but not limited to, Instrumental Music Center (IMC). You are responsible for purchasing the items listed below. You must have all of the following in your possession at the first day of Band Camp.

  • NEW Gloves-half: All woodwinds (Piccolo, Clarinet, Alto, Tenor, and Bari sax) 3 pair minimum (SELECT WHITE COLOR)
  • Gloves: All brass; 3 pair minimum (SELECT WHITE COLOR)
    Mellophone, Baritone, Sousaphone, and Baritone Saxophone players should buy extra gloves (more than 3 pair) to use in rehearsals for all school owned instruments.
  • Lyre: Search for your instrument (SELECT SILVER COLOR)
    Mellophone players – order ”Universal Trumpet.”
    Piccolo and tuba players do not need to purchase lyres.
  • Folio Folder (SELECT BLACK COLOR)
    Please make sure to order an extra box of folio replacement sheets: Folio Sheets

Who Purchases What

  • Everyone:
    • Show shirt
    • “Pride” performance shirt
  • Winds and Percussion:
    • Marching shoes
  • Winds:
    • 3 Pair (minimum) of gloves
    • Flip folder
    • Flip folder sheets
    • Flip folder lyre
    • UA drill binder (clear sheets included)
    • Rings and clear sheets (tubas only)


All new members – if you feel you may need a uniform that is larger or smaller than an average size, please call or e-mail us with your jacket and waist size right away. Otherwise, you will fill out a separate form at uniform checkout during band camp.



Parking permits for Band Camp and throughout the regular season will be available for $160. This permit is an option offered for your convenience and is NOT mandatory. We advise if you can park elsewhere and walk to rehearsal that you do so. Permits will be available for purchase at the Parking & Transportation office beginning August 1st.


If you are living in a UA dorm this Fall, you will be able to check into your room early on Friday, August 14. Please refer to the early move in details for important information. If you have not done so already, be sure to submit your Housing Application Form as well. If you apply for housing, you will receive an email from the Housing Office in late July notifying you of your housing assignment. At this time you will be able to sign up for the early move-in for Marching Band. There will be a $165 non-refundable application fee that will be applied to your Bursar account, and will need to be paid in full by the first day of the semester (August 24, 2020).


  • Everyone must be registered for marching band, including auxiliaries.
  • Everyone must complete the Student Profile Form, including auxiliaries.
  • Musicians will receive their music in July. If you do not, please call the Band Office (520-621-1683).
  • Practice Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you need one, please contact the Fred Fox School of Music at 520-621-3065 for more information.
  • Flute players – find a piccolo!
  • Clarinets and Saxophones – purchase and use proper reeds!
  • Be prepared for the hot weather.
  • Bring athletic shoes – do not march in sandals, boots, ballet slippers, etc.

Note: We can only accept personal checks or money orders for the in-person purchases. Please plan accordingly and come prepared.

If you have questions, please contact the Band Office at