Audition Information

PLEASE NOTE: If Instruments are not available at this time, audition material may be played on an alternative surface (floor, drum pad, wooden plank, etc.)

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

Requirements

All percussion candidates must submit an audition video.

  • Upload your video via YouTube
  • Audition videos are due by July 7th
  • 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.

Drumset/Rack

In addition, drum set players must submit a sampling of material that demonstrates your abilities in at least three different musical styles (e.g. Rock, Jazz, Latin, etc). Use of articulations and dynamics are important. Fills 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.