Audition Information

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All students wishing to join the UCMB Percussion Section must audition for a spot. Audition and preseason camps are held throughout the summer to help prepare for the upcoming season. While these camps are not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged that you participate. Audition materials and music will be available via Google Drive to all students that complete their UCMB Membership Form.

Please complete your UCMB Membership Form before attending the camps. If you cannot make any of the camps please contact us to let us know. All camps are held at the Music Building, 1295 Storrs Rd.

2016 Summer Camp Dates

Camp 1 Saturday June 4 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Camp 2 Sunday June 26 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Camp 3 Saturday July 23 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Camp 4 Sunday August 7 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
New Member Weekend Saturday-Sunday August 20-28

The Audition

At the first summer rehearsal you will be placed with the section you wish to audition during the morning sectional time slot. At this time playing style and technique will be addressed along with the audition material.

During the afternoon sectional time individuals will audition one at a time for the percussion staff. Once everyone has auditioned placements will be announced. All placements are made in the best interest of the line. You will be placed where you will be able to successfully contribute immediately. Keep in mind that these initial placements are contingent upon continued commitment and improvement.

Audition Materials

Audition materials can be downloaded via Google Drive.

Preparation Tips

    1. BE PREPARED. Make sure that you are able to play the assigned rudiments and exercises at a tempo in which you can play correctly. Once you can perform the exercise correctly 5-10 times at a given tempo, increase the tempo by 5-10 clicks. Continue until you reach a maximum tempo in which you can correctly play the rudiment of exercises.For the first rehearsal be prepared to play the following:
      • Snare/Tenor
        • Rudiments
          • Five Stroke Roll
          • Single Paradiddle
          • Single Paradiddle-diddle
          • Flam
          • Flam Accent
          • Flam Paraddiddle
          • Flam Paraddiddle-diddle
          • Pataflafla
          • Swiss Army Triple
          • Inverted Flam Tap
          • Flam Drag
          • Single Dragadiddle
          • Flam Stutters/Cheese
          • Hertas
        • Exercises
          • Loco Ocho (While marking time)
          • Duple Check Pattern and Variations (While marking time)
          • Double/Triple Beat (While marking time)
          • Triplet Diddle (While marking time)
          • Blah-di-Blah-di-Blah
          • Voo Doo 1
          • Channel Niner
          • Flam Accent Heights
      • Bass
        • Rudiments
          • Five Stroke Roll
          • Single Paradiddle
          • Single Paradiddle-diddle
          • Flam
          • Flam Accent
          • Flam Paraddiddle
          • Flam Paraddiddle-diddle
          • Pataflafla
        • Exercises
          • Loco Ocho (While marking time)
          • Duple Check Pattern and Variations (While marking time)
          • Double/Triple Beat (While marking time)
          • Triplet Diddle (While marking time)
          • Blah-di-Blah-di-Blah
          • Voo Doo 1
          • Channel Niner
          • Counting Sequence #1 and #2 (While marking time)
          • Flam Accent Heights
      • Cymbals
        • Rudiments
          • Single Paradiddle
          • Single Paradiddle-diddle
          • Flam Accent
          • Flam Paraddiddle
          • Flam Paraddiddle-diddle
        • Exercises
          • Loco Ocho
          • Duple Check Pattern and Variations (While marking time)
          • Voo Doo 1 (While marking time)
          • Channel Niner (While marking time)
          • Counting Sequence #1 and #2 (While marking time)
      • Front Ensemble
        • Major and Minor Scales
        • Exercises
          • Exercise No. 1
          • Major Scale Warm-Up (up to 4 flats and 4 sharps)
          • I.H.O.P.
          • Summertime
          • Any prepared piece or exercise
          • Sight Reading
    2. Start slow until you can play it well and gradually speed up to the required tempo. Concentrate on correct technique including correct grip, hand position and wrist rotation. (The UConn snare line practices traditional grip, all other sections may audition with matched grip.)
    3. Be able to play each exercise at a speed of 100 to 160 beats per minute, using a metronome to insure rhythmic accuracy. If you do not own one please purchase one or use any of the sites online that provide free metronomes. The following site offers a metronome: www.metronomeonline.com. Free metronome apps are also available for download through your phone app store.
    4. Everyone will be receiving a handbook/exercise packet at the summer sessions. The exercises in the packet are our “bread and butter” so spend most of your time on them. Apply the techniques developed through the exercises to the rest of the music included within the packet.
    5. Please have a three ring binder with clear plastic sheets to organize and protect all music.
    6. ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING! Come to each rehearsal ready to have fun, work hard, and act as a team. Individuals do NOT form the drumline. Everyone is an essential part of the line and is expected to put in equal time and effort in order to achieve success.
    7. DON’T GIVE UP! Being a member of the drumline can be very challenging. If you are having difficulty with something, SLOW DOWN! Practice measure by measure if necessary until you can play the part. You will be surprised how fast you can learn this way.

Good luck and practice hard! Only 20!

UConn Marching Band Percussion Staff

Marvin McNeill
Assistant Director
marvin.mcneill@uconn.edu
Chris Horvat
Percussion Arranger
Marco Cancellieri
Front Ensemble
Allan Hutchins
Battery Percussion
Tyler Campbell
Battery Percussion
Harry Stuppler
Battery Percussion
Ethan Hiscock
Battery Percussion