UWO Bolt Band


Cheer the Titans on to victory this season at men’s and women’s basketball games in January and February. The UWO Bolt Pep Band will be comprised of core members reflecting a set instrumentation, as well as numerous auditioned associate members to attend and substitute as needed. 

Though this ensemble does not earn academic credit in 2022, core members (and their substitutes) will receive a stipend at the end of the season. 


  • Piccolo 
  • Clarinet 
  • Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophone  
  • Trumpet 
  • Mellophone 
  • Trombone 
  • Baritone 
  • Sousaphone  
  • Electric Bass 
  • Drum Set 


For 2022, UWO provides a limited number of instruments for core members. Contact Dr. Scheivert with questions about instrument availability. 


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Bolt Band auditions for winds and electric bass will be held on Wednesday, Nov 17 from 4-7 p.m. and Monday, Nov 22 from 6-9 p.m. in the Arts and Communications building room N118.  (Other audition dates/times can be requested individually via e-mail, if needed, through Nov 30.) 

 Each audition will be 5 minutes long. Students are required to sign up for an audition time slot and review the audition materials.  

Drum Set auditionees should contact Dr. Scheivert directly via e-mail.  Those auditions will be held at the first rehearsal. 


Audition Material

Please note that the audition consists of 2 scales of your choosing and the entire piece listed below. Sample recording information is provided at the bottom of the piece.

Each game day will include a 1-hour rehearsal in the Kolf Fieldhouse, 30 minutes mealtime, a 30-minute pregame concert, and the full game (overtime as needed). This creates a call time 2 hours prior to the advertised tip-off (e.g. report time for a 7:00pm game is at 5:00pm). 

I don’t know if I can make it to every game… should I still audition?
Definitely! Associate members can show up for games as desired and are eligible to substitute for core members. Core members can request subs in certain circumstances. 

Do I need to provide my own instrument for auditions?
Though you may prefer to practice and audition on your own instrument, feel free to contact Dr. Scheivert if you need to discuss options. 

Does everyone get a shirt?  Yes! 

Do we have to memorize all the basketball band music? No! The demands of NCAA basketball call for us to perform a wide variety of music very frequently during a game. To this end we don’t focus on memorization, but instead perform a large quantity of charts at a very high level – aided by your chart book. 

Will Bolt Band be a class? It is likely that Bolt Band will be a class in 2022-23. However, members must be enrolled as UW Oshkosh students in both Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.  

Questions? These and other questions and procedures will be discussed at the rehearsals on Dec. 5 and 11. Additional questions, concerns, and clarifications should be directed to Dr. Scheivert at scheivertj@uwosh.edu. 

Joseph Scheivert

Director of Athletic Bands
Arts and Communication Building  N118

Wednesday, Nov. 17 | 4-7 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 22 | 6-9 p.m.
Arts and Communications Building
Room N118
*Audition sign up required