Audition Information

Thank you for your interest in the UMass Drumline. We have a lot to do to get ready for our upcoming season, but nothing more important than finding dedicated and talented members. The UMass Drumline has a long and rich history of excellence and we hope that you can be part of it!

Your acceptance into the drumline will be determined on a variety of factors including: your ability to meet the time commitment, acceptable academic standing, attitude, and your proficiency level on your chosen instrument.

How to Audition — Videos are due by July 7, 2017

Requirements

All percussion candidates must submit an audition video.

  • Upload your video via YouTube
  • Audition videos are due by July 7th, 2017
  • Perform ALL required material for your preferred section
  • All materials MUST be memorized
  • You MUST play with a metronome clearly audible in your video

Please send us an email with the following information:

  • Full name
  • Current address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • YouTube audition video link/URL
  • Preferred section (snare, tenors, bass, cymbals, front ensemble)

Process

Please send your email to Thom Hannum: hannum@music.umass.edu. Once we have received your email, we will contact you with more information. If you have any questions please contact us or email Mr. Hannum.

Audition Material

Snare, Tenors & Bass

Keyboards

Cymbals

Note for cymbal players:

All cymbal candidates must play Duple Check Patterns, Triplet Check Pattern, and Full-Down-Tap-Up, with sticks on a drum pad.

Pregame music should be played with cymbals if possible. If this is not possible, please play the cymbal parts with sticks on a drum pad.

Guitar/Bass Guitar

Submit a sampling of material that demonstrates your abilities in different musical styles. Use of articulations and dynamics is important. Comping and soloing are encouraged.

Please send your email to Thom Hannum: hannum@music.umass.edu. Once we have received your email, we will contact you with more information. If you have any questions please contact us or email Mr. Hannum.