The LSU Bengal Brass Basketball Band is comprised of 74 brass, woodwind, and percussion students from across campus. Members are chosen through an audition at the beginning of the semester and perform for men’s and women’s basketball games, women’s volleyball matches, gymnastics meets, select soccer games, and other special events.

To be eligible to participate in Bengal Brass, you must:

  • Be a full-time LSU student in good standing with the university.
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Have a flexible evening schedule to attend athletics events.

Each member of the Bengal Brass receives an exclusive uniform jacket from LSU Athletics and financial compensation for each performance throughout the season. The group rehearses at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters only, with mid-season rehearsals scheduled as-needed. The group also travels across the country to SEC and NCAA basketball tournaments in the post-season, all-expenses paid. Prior trips have visited Tampa, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Nashville, Washington D.C., and many more.

2023 – 2024 Auditions

Bengal Brass wind player auditions are due at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, September 11, 2023 via the online form submission at the link below. Audition videos should contain an uncut video of you playing Coda Fight and the second verse of the LSU Alma Mater. Please do not face directly into the camera when recording your video.

Drum set auditions will be held in person at the Tiger Band Hall starting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, September 11, 2023. Please contact Ty Ellender for more information and the playing requirements.



If you need music, email the department librarians at: and copy Make sure to indicate your intent to audition for Bengal Brass when reaching out.

Initial Practices

Official members of Bengal Brass will have two initial mandatory practices:

  • Wednesday, September 13: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Old Band Hall
  • Thursday, September 14: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the Tiger Band Hall

Bengal Brass members receive $35 per event, an exclusive jacket, and the opportunity to travel to post-season tournaments. If you have any questions, email Mr. Dowie at

Payment Disbursement

New members and substitute players must fill out the form at the link below in order to receive payment.

Online Payment Form

Learn More

Check out the links below to learn more about our audition processes and other auxiliary units of the Tiger Band.