WMB Drumline Auditions

Placement auditions for the UNH Wildcat Marching Band drumline battery will be held in July. As it has been in the past, both veterans and new members are expected to audition. This is for part placement only. No one will be cut. Front Ensemble members do not need to audition at this time.

Auditions will be held on Saturday, July 22nd, starting at noon. Following auditions, we will also have a mini-clinic, to give everyone a chance to play together for the first time. This will last approximately an hour. While the clinic is optional, we do hope you'll plan to stick around and make a day of your visit. It will also be a great chance to meet people.

What to prepare

Download the UNH warm ups and cadence below. You should work on these pieces on the instrument (snare, tenors, bass, or cymbals) that you would like to play in the line. If you would like to prepare on more than one instrument, you may do so. The audition materials do NOT need to be memorized. Remember that our goal is to place you where you will contribute best to the line.

Materials may also be obtained from our Download Parts page (including separate parts and recordings for some). Access information will be sent to you following submission of this form and the participation form.



  • 2017 Cadence
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Snare and Tenors

Be comfortable demonstrating the following rudiments:

  • Open Rolls (5s, 9s, long)
  • Paradiddles (single, double, triple, and paradiddle-diddles)
  • Flams
  • Flam Taps
  • Swiss Army Triplets
  • Drags
  • Single-stroke roll, including sextuplets

Please be aware that our snare line usually plays traditional grip. Please prepare the materials using whichever grip you are more comfortable with, but if you are interested in snare, we may ask you to demonstrate traditional grip (p.4). If you currently play matched but are hoping to play snare for us, all is not lost. If you demonstrate a potential to learn traditional quickly, you'll have a better shot. However, all instruments in our line are given challenging parts, so if you end up somewhere else, you'll still have a great time and will have plenty of notes to play. It is also possible that we could decide to use matched grip if it seems best for the line.


Be comfortable demonstrating the following rudiments:

  • Double-stroke rolls
  • Paradiddles (single and double)
  • Single-stroke roll, including sextuplets


  • If you would prefer to play cymbals, please let us know. We will give you separate materials to start working on. If you want to play cymbals, you do not need to prepare anything (unless you have a background you wish to demonstrate).
  • Some of you who audition for a drum placement may be placed on cymbals. Our cymbal line plays intricate split parts and incorporates many visuals into the music.
  • Like the rest of the drumline, you must be able to read music to play cymbals. You should also work on your upper body strength, as they can be physically demanding to play.

Front Ensemble

At this time, we are not requiring an audition for front ensemble. We utilize a primarily electronic front ensemble with keyboards, electronic mallet instruments, a MacBook, iPads, and some acoustic instruments such as cymbals. If you are interested in playing in the front ensemble, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get further information.

Where and what time?

We will hold auditions in the Band Room (M226) of the Paul Creative Arts Center on campus on Saturday, July 22nd. Please follow the instructions below to sign up for a time slot. A final schedule will be sent out on July 20th. You should plan to arrive about 20 minutes before your time slot so you can warm up on your own. Please register by Tuesday, July 18th.


12:00 p.m. Auditions begin. Sign up below. You do not need to arrive until shortly before your audition time.
4:00 p.m. Placement announcements and mini-clinic. Play together as a line for the first time!

What if I can't make it on the scheduled date?

We really want you to be there but we understand there may be conflicts or distance may be a factor. If you have the technology, we would like you to submit a video of yourself playing the material. See below for further instructions. You also may audition on that day via Skype, Google Hangout, or FaceTime. Please indicate your available times on the registration form.

How to register

Click here!

Video instructions

You have two options to audition remotely.  The first is to audition via Skype, Google Hangout, or FaceTime on the 22nd. You can indicate this choice on the registration form and we will put you on the schedule for that day. The benefit of this is the interaction you will have with the instructors. They can give you feedback and an opportunity to apply that to what you're doing right then and there. Obviously, it would be best for you to be here in person if at all possible. This will benefit you the most.

The other option is to record yourself and upload it to YouTube using the following instructions:

  • Using your webcam, digital camcorder, or other good-quality vido recorder, please record yourself using these guidelines.
  • Frame the video so it shows you from the waist up. Make sure you zoom in tight enough that your hands are clearly visible, but don't cut off your upper body or head.
  • If you have access to a marching drum and would like to use that for your video, you are welcome to. Otherwise, a practice pad is just fine. Mount it on a stand or place on a solid flat surface at the appropriate playing height while you're standing.
  • Briefly introduce yourself before playing. Let us know your name and where you're from. If you have other information to share that you don't include on your registration form, you can do this now as well.
  • Play! You may stop the recording between each example if you want. It does not need to be one continuous recording. Be aware that you may need to edit clips together for uploading if you stop in between.
    • Use a metronome to ensure you play at the proper tempo. If you do not have one, there are several online metronomes.
    • Tell us what you're playing before you start each example.
    • Please play each of the exercises listed above. You need go through each only once.
    • Please play through the cadence once. Remember that it does not need to be memorized.
    • Please demonstrate each of the rudiments listed above (a couple bars of each).
  • When you're done, upload the video to YouTube (you may need to create an account if you don't already have one or a Google account).
  • Set the privacy settings to "unlisted." Doing this will ensure that your video will not turn up in search results or on your video list, but allows anyone with the link to view it.
  • Send us the link! You can include it on your registration form or e-mail the link to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • For full consideration, please submit this by Saturday, July 22nd at noon. After that, instrument spots will be limited.

Additional Questions:

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