Boston University Scarlet Band


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The Boston University Scarlet Band performs during June & July on the BU campus and around Boston. Scarlet Band serves as the “house band” for the University by performing at each New Student Orientation Session held throughout June & July, and it also represents the music-making opportunities available to incoming students.

  • Members of Scarlet Band can receive FREE housing on campus for the entire summer if needed
  • Members can still work or attend summer classes around the manageable ensemble schedule
  • Rehearsals are one evening a week
  • Performances are Thursdays (two 90-minute performances) and Fridays (one 90-minute performance)
  • Dinner is provided on Thursday evenings
  • There are a few weeks completely free of performance and rehearsal commitments in May and in August as well
  • The Scarlet Band plays a vast array of musical styles, and the experience is both challenging and enjoyable


  • Flute/Piccolo
  • Tenor Sax
  • Trombone
  • Electric Guitar
  • Clarinet
  • Trumpet
  • Baritone
  • Bass Guitar
  • Alto Sax
  • Mellophone
  • Tuba
  • Piano/Synthesizer
  • Drum Set

To Join

This is a great opportunity for BU Bands musicians looking to stay in Boston for free over the summer and perform!

We recommend that you audition if you are interested – you can always drop the ensemble if you make it, but once auditions are over, they’re over.

To audition for Scarlet Band, you must have performed in a BU Bands ensemble (Marching Band, Pep Band, Marching Percussion Ensemble, Concert Band, All-Campus Orchestra, Big Band, or Jazz Combo) for at least one whole semester during the academic year in which you are auditioning. You must also plan on being an enrolled student at BU in the fall semester after your summer Scarlet Band experience (Scarlet Band is not open to graduating seniors).

Auditions are typically held in late February and consist of short musical excerpts (provided) plus an excerpt of your own choosing. Audition details and musical excerpts are posted on this website in early Spring semester each year. If you have any questions about auditions, please email

To sign up for an audition, click here!