New Member FAQ

Do I have to audition to join?

No! We do not hold auditions for any ensemble; however we do encourage that you be able to read music or are currently learning.


Do I have to be LGBTQ in order to join?

Absolutely not! We are open to all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identification.


Do I have to play an instrument in order to join?

Nope! We have a number of non-musicians in our ranks, including members of the Color Guard, banner carriers, Band Aides, photographers, Front-of-House staff, and concert production personnel, just to name a few.


Do I have to be a professional musician to join?

Not at all. We do have some professionals in our ranks, but most of us are amateurs.


It’s been a LONG time since I last played my instrument. Can I still join?

Of course! Many of our members hadn’t played for years when they joined us. You’ll be surprised how quickly it comes back once you start rehearsing regularly!


I’d love to join, but I don’t have my instrument any more

We do own a few instruments, both symphonic and marching, that we can loan to members who need them. If we don’t have an instrument available, we can help you find a low-cost rental.


Does it cost anything to join?

There is a $75 participation fee per season. Each concert cycle is one season, and marching is one season. This money helps offset a number of our operational expenses, including concert hall rental, music purchase, equipment van rental, etc. For our out-of-town marching trips, members usually pay for their transportation and lodging. However, it is our standing policy to accept everyone, regardless of financial need, and we have scholarship and sponsorship opportunities for those who need them.


Where and when do you rehearse?

The Symphonic Band rehearses Mondays from 7:00—10:00 pm at Julia Richman Educational Complex, located at 317 E 67th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. The Winter concert season typically runs from September to December, and the Spring Concert season from January to April.

The Marching Band rehearses Thursdays from 6:30 pm—sunset at Foley Square, located at Worth and Lafayette Streets in Lower Manhattan. The rehearsal season typically runs from March to July.


How will I know where to go and when?

Make sure you’ve joined our mailing list, which is our primary method of communication. You’ll receive important updates from our Music Directors, your section leader, and the Leadership Team. You’ll also receive our internal newsletter, The Weekly Reeder, which answers all of your “Where,” “When,” and “How” questions.