Audition Information

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***UPDATE*** The summer audition and training program is currently on hold due to complications with COVID-19 and university-wide decisions. We will update as soon as possible on the decided audition process and any important dates.

All students wishing to join the UCMB Percussion Section must audition for a spot. Day camps are held throughout the summer to help prepare for the upcoming season. The first camp is the audition day for new members. If you cannot attend this camp date, please contact us for alternative audition arrangements. Audition materials and music are available via Google Drive at the link below.

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.

2020 Summer Camp Dates

Camp 1 (Auditions) N/A Date TBD 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Camp 2 N/A Date TBD 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Camp 3 N/A Date TBD 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Camp 4 N/A Date TBD 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Preseason N/A Dates TBD

The Audition

At the first summer rehearsal you will be placed with the section you wish to audition for the first part of the morning block. At this time playing style and technique will be addressed along with the audition material.

Later in the morning, individuals will audition one at a time for the percussion staff. Placements will be announced after all auditions are complete. All placements are made in the best interest of the line, and 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.

Audition Requirements

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 and consistently at a given tempo, bump the tempo slightly. Continue until you reach a maximum tempo in which you can correctly play the rudiment or exercise. For the audition camp be prepared to play the following:

  • Snare/Tenor
    • Exercises and Music
      • And 1
      • Swinging Double Beat (marking halftime)
      • Blah-di-Blah-di-Blah
      • UConn Cadence (marking time)
    • Rudiments (be prepared to demonstrate any of the following):
      • Paradiddles
      • Paradiddle-diddles
      • Double Paradiddle
      • Flam Accent
      • Flam Taps and Inverted Flam Taps
      • Pataflafla
      • Swiss Army Triplet
      • Flam Drag
      • Flam Stutters/Cheese
      • Hertas
  • Bass
    • Exercises and Music
      • And 1 (marking time)
      • Duple Check Pattern and Variations (While marking time)
      • Double/Triple Beat (While marking time)
      • Triplet Diddle (While marking time)
      • Swinging Double Beat
      • Blah-di-Blah-di-Blah
      • UConn Cadence
    • Rudiments (be prepared to demonstrate any of the following):
      • Paradiddles
      • Paradiddle-diddles
      • Flam
      • Flam Accent
  • Cymbals
    • Exercises and Music
      • And 1 (While Marking Time)
      • Swinging Double Beat
      • Blah-di-Blah-di-Blah
      • 4 Etudes for Cymbal
      • UConn Cadence
    • Rudiments (Be prepared to demonstrate any of the following on a pad or drum):
      • Single and Double Stroke Rolls
      • Single Paradiddle
      • Flam Accent
  • Front Ensemble
    • Major and Minor Scales
    • All Exercises from UCMB Technique and Audition Packet (linked above)
    • Any prepared solo piece or etude
    • Sight Reading
  1. 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.)
  2. 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: Free metronome apps are also available for download through your phone app store.
  3. 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.
  4. Please have a three ring binder with clear plastic sheets to organize and protect all music.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 smart!

UConn Marching Band Percussion Staff

Ricardo Brown
Associate Director
Tyler Campbell
Battery Coordinator/Arranger
Pat Montville
Battery Instructor
Tanner George
Battery Instructor
Evan Glickman
Front Ensemble
Joe Weber
Battery Instructor