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Drumline Audition

Information 2024:


  • PIT. - Vibes. You will audition on vibes.

  • SNARE. You will audition on a marching snare.

  • BASS DRUMYou will audition on a marching bass drum. 

  • TENORS. You will audition for this spot on marching tenors. 

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  • Pit: This is the pit orchestra of the drumline, and is a stationary position down front on the field, just like in a Broadway musical. This is where we want people with great melodic skills, or even a piano/guitar background. Vibes, Marimba, Xylophone, Bells, Auxiliary (guitar, bass, hi-hat, sus. cymbals, shakers, tambourine, etc), Concert Bass Drum, Timpani, and more make up the pit. 

  • Snares: we have up to four snare drums on the field, and it requires you to be great at snare drumming and quick with your hands. You should be very proficient at rudiments and drumming to audition for snare.

  • Tenors: These are often called marching toms, quints, or tenors. It's a series of six pitched drums, and you need to have excellent technique and quick hands, as well as a strong back (they're heavy). These parts are often quite difficult and intricate, and require a lot of precision.

  • Bass Drums: we like to run either 4 or 5 bass drums on the field, and you have to be strong and smart to play one of these drums. It requires a great deal of counting ability and teamwork - we can't do it without everyone pulling their weight. The bass drum line is often the heartbeat of the band - it's where we pull the center of the pulse for the whole ensemble.

Audition Info:

You will audition on ONE instrument for drumline, but list your top 3 choices. You'll need to download the music for your top choice within the drumline and learn that part. Talk to your band director about getting help or getting lessons on it - we want you to play a great audition.

Auditions will occur in-person on Wednesday, May 29, at the HS Band Room. 

Please email Mr. Ramsey or Mr. Engelhardt with any questions. 

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