Fort Valley State University 



The Fort Valley Valley State University’s  Band consists of Concert Band, Jazz Band, and The Blue Machine Marching Band also known as The Sound and The Fury!! Fort Valley State University’s band made its first appearance on homecoming day, November 16, 1946. The band was under the direction of Mr. E.N. Weston.

During halftime  of the game. The band, along with a group of young ladies marched to the center of the field and formed the letters ‘F’ and ‘V’ after which they played the college hymn and marched off the field.

The Blue Machine Marching Band was the first SIAC band to play the famous jazz tune of “Black and Blues” by Al Jarreu, which was arranged by the then director Eric Baskin. In 2005 The Blue Machine Marching Band also appeared in a Church’s Chicken commercial.

The Blue Machine aired in their first televised football game against Fisk University on ABC in 1975. The Blue Machine had one of its largest marching bands in 2004 with a total of 164 members. February 6-9, 2016. The Blue Machine marched the Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans, Louisiana for the first time.


Please be sure to review the music below before submitting your audition video. Please note further steps after this submission may be required such as sight reading. You will be adjudicated on the recorded video required for you to submit. Confifence and professionalism is strongly encouaged.

Instruments Includes:

  • Flute

  • Oboe

  • Clarinet

  • Tenor Sax

  • Alto-Sax

  • Basson

  • Trumpet

  • Horn in F

  • Tuba

  • Percussion

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