WHO ARE THE SOONER SHOWMEN?
The Sooner Showmen are two Basketball Bands that perform at all home and tournament basketball games for the Men and Women’s teams. Home games take place at the Lloyd Noble Center, which seats 12,000 screaming Sooner fans! The Showmen perform before, during and after each game providing energy and spirit for players, fans and television viewers from all across the country!
What is the instrumentation of the Sooner Showmen?
Each band has 29 members of equal instrumentation, with a combined total of 58 musicians. Instrumentation is subject to change based on auditions. Both bands play the same music and are issued the same uniform.
- 18 trumpets (6/6/6)
- 18 trombones (6/6/6)
- 2 euphoniums
- 4 sousaphones
- 4 drumsets
- 4 mellophones
- 4 alto saxes (2/2)
- 2 tenor saxes
- 2 bari saxes
The Showmen play arrangements written for the Sooner Showmen by our very own Dr. Roland Barrett, former arranger for The Pride of Oklahoma, as well as a few other arrangers. The charts are a mix of funk, jazz, pop, and soul that are perfect for basketball games!
Do the bands travel during the BIG 12 and NCAA Tournaments?
Yes! Both Showmen bands travel with their respective team throughout “March Madness.” Lodging, travel and eating expenses are completely provided. Some of the cities that we have visited include Atlanta, San Antonio, Phoenix, San Francisco, Kansas City, Denver, Jacksonville, Memphis, Tempe, and Dallas.
What do I have to do to audition?
For wind players, you must perform your full-range chromatic scale, a prepared piece, and a brief sight-reading excerpt. The prepared piece will be available for download on this site on Monday October 7. For drumset players, you will audition at the first rehearsal once the band is set. In addition to the audition, membership is also based on your ability to be at all home and tournament games.
How often do the bands rehearse?
Rehearsals will take place on Sunday evenings from 7:00-9:00p in the Band Hall, with all 58 musicians from both bands. There will be no rehearsals prior to games.
Does the band get paid?
All members have the potential to earn a set amount for their performances at home games. At the end of the season, funds will be issued to members who fulfill their performance obligations.