Drumline Audition Information 2020:


Greetings! We're excited for you to be auditioning for the Tiger Marching Band Drumline! What are the roles in the drumline?

  • 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 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 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.

  • Cymbals: the cymbal line is fun, great at counting, and adds a lot of flair to their parts. You need to be strong, have good hand/eye coordination, and be willing to be flashy. 

Audition Info:

You will audition on ONE instrument for drumline, but list your top 3 choices. All auditions will be via video submission, and videos will be due on Friday, May 29 by 8 pm. Specific upload instructions are on the upload link at the top of the page.

You'll need to download the music for your top choice within the drumline, learn that part, and then video record it using a chromebook, smartphone, or video camera. Your final video submission will be one, unedited straight take (no splicing, no fixing). 


Choose one part from below by clicking on it, and prepare it for your audition:

  • PIT - Vibes 1. You may use a bell kit, piano, keyboard, or anything you can get your hands on that is a melodic instrument. If you don't have a melodic instrument at home but really want to do pit, email Mr. Engelhardt (kyle.engelhardt@cfschools.org) and he can help you figure out a solution.

  • SNARE. You can use a concert snare, drum set snare, or a practice pad for your audition. If you don't have either of those, email Mr. Engelhardt (kyle.engelhardt@cfschools.org) and he can help you figure out a solution.

  • BASS DRUM Magical Mystery Tour,

  • BASS DRUM Lady Madonna. Update: you need to use both pages of bass drum music for bass drum!!!  For auditions, youcan use a concert snare, drum set snare or tom, or a practice pad for your audition. If you don't have any either of those, email Mr. Engelhardt (kyle.engelhardt@cfschools.org) and he can help you figure out a solution.

  • TENORS. You have to audition for this spot on either some marching tenors, or a marching tenors practice pad with a minimum of five spots to hit. If you're considering tenors, you're going to have to email Mr. Engelhardt (kyle.engelhardt@cfschools.org) and he will arrange for you to pick up some tenors or a practice pad at the school for curb-side, germ-free pick up. They're heavy - be warned. 

  • CYMBALS. For cymbal auditions, we're asking you to simply use your hands as pretend crash cymbals, unless you have a set of crash cymbals at home. I know this isn't ideal, but have fun with it. We're trying to avoid checking out all kinds of equipment and have to clean it upon return, so this is our easiest option. 

Audio to help you learn your audition - use Movement 1 only for audition.

MOVEMENT ONE IS A MEDLEY THAT INCLUDES "MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR" AND "LADY MADONNA," and should be played as one piece. Don't stop between them.