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WMB Drumline Auditions

Placement auditions for the UNH Wildcat Marching Band drumline 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.

Auditions will be held on Saturday, July 20th, 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. This will all precede the annual "Open Band Room" for the full WMB. While the clinic and open band room are 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 the participation form.

Warmups

Cadence

  • Shoop Voila (2013 Cadence)
    • See Facebook group or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for login information.

Snare and Tenors

Be comfortable with 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. 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.

Basses

Be comfortable with the following rudiments:

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

Cymbals

  • If you would prefer to play cymbals, please let us know. We will give you separate materials to start working on.
  • 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.

Where and what time?

We will hold auditions in the Band Room (M226) of the Paul Creative Arts Center on campus on Saturday, July 20th. Please follow the instructions below to sign up for a time slot. A final schedule will be sent out on July 19th. You should plan to arrive about 20 minutes before your time slot so you can warm up on your own. Please register by Thursday, July 18th.

We are also planning to have an open band room night that same evening. This is something we do each year where we invite anyone from the band who is available to come in and read through the show. We may not have the entire show ready at that point but certainly enough material to give you a good idea of what to expect. It’s also a good opportunity to start to meet people or see some old friends.

Schedule

12:00 p.m. Auditions begin. Sign up here. You do not need to arrive until shortly before your audition time.
4:00 p.m. Placement announcements and mini-clinic
5:30 p.m. Open band room

What if I can't make it on the 20th?

We really want you to be there but we understand there may be conflicts. If you have the technology, we would like you to submit a video of yourself playing the material. See below for further instructions. If absolutely necessary, we will still audition people on the first day of Band Camp in August and we will still make it our goal to place you where you fit the best and can contribute the most. However, some sections may have already been filled and you will not have the same opportunity to prepare music in advance.

How to register

Click here!

Video instructions

You have two options to audition remotely.  The first is to audition via Skype on the 20th. 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 20th. After that, instrument spots may be limited.

Additional Questions:

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