Scarlet Band

The Ensemble…

The Scarlet Band is a select group representing the best of what the Boston University Bands program has to offer. In the summer of 2006, the ensemble was formed to promote awareness of the BU Bands program to incoming students during New Student Orientation events, as well as to serve as the “soundtrack” for Orientation. The ensemble’s mission has evolved to include performances at various university events and functions in addition to its duties with the BU Bands program during the summer. Players represent a diverse cross-section of the performing ensembles available to students at the university including Marching Band, Pep Band, Winter Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Big Band, and All-Campus Orchestra.

Becoming a Member

Membership in the Scarlet Band is by audition (see main Scarlet Band page for info).  Members rehearse once a week in June and July and perform at three Orientation events per week.  Members are granted free housing on campus for the summer.  Auditions typically take place prior to Spring Break – please contact Aaron Goldberg if interested in auditioning:

Open Positions:

  • Flute/Piccolo
  • Clarinet
  • Alto Sax
  • Tenor Sax
  • Bari Sax
  • French horn/Mellophone
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Baritone/Euphonium
  • Tuba
  • Electric Guitar
  • Piano/Synthesizer
  • Bass Guitar
  • Drum Set & Auxiliary Percussion


  • Members of the Scarlet Band can receive FREE housing on South campus for the entire summer
  • Members can work or attend classes around the manageable ensemble schedule
  • There is one rehearsal and three short gigs per week
  • Free dinner is provided at the Thursday evening performances
  • There are a few weeks completely free of commitment at the beginning of the summer and the month of August is free as well
  • The Scarlet Band plays a vast array of musical styles, and is held to a high musical performance standard
  • There are also a few cool performance opportunities for the ensemble off-campus around Boston


Check-out the June & July Rehearsal and Performance Calendar:


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