How to make the Purdue University Drumline
Dates on this page are for the 2016 - 2017 season. Dates for this season will be posted when they've been decided. The timeline itself will likely be the same.
Dear Purdue University Drumline Candidate,
Welcome to Purdue University and the "All-American" Marching Band! Hopefully while you’re reading this you’re also enjoying the summer weather and getting ready for an exciting upcoming season. With drumline auditions and band camp approaching, the student leaders would like to give you an idea of what to expect when you arrive for band camp and what we recommend you do to put yourself in the best position for auditions.
Valuable audition information is posted on this site, including sheet music for the newest cadence and the other past cadences in the sequence, photos and videos; all which will benefit you in preparing for your audition.
The drumline music auditions will take place on Sunday, August 13 in Room 30 of the Elliott Hall of Music, located past the east end of Third Street on campus. The exact times for the auditions will be announced later but before auditions commence. Here is a general timeline of the events for that Sunday:
To make this process as fair as possible, there is not a guaranteed time slot for auditions. We will spend the necessary time needed on your audition. Auditions can end as late as midnight or 1 AM. If you do not succeed in making the instrument you tryout on, you can continue to tryout on other instruments. If you try and don't make snare, you can turn around and tryout on tenors, and continue through all instruments in a similar manner. So, know parts for all the instruments you are interested in!
You will sign up for a time slot to perform your audition, which will be held in front of Dr. Nave and the drumline student leaders. Assigned time slots may slightly vary as the auditions progress, but each audition will consist of three parts:
The cymbal audition will vary slightly. Rather than a rudimental roll, each candidate will be asked to perform two dances that will be demonstrated during their audition.
Results will be announced after each instrument is done auditioning all signed time slots. Those who didn’t make their instrument of first choice are welcome and greatly encouraged to sign up for any of the other instruments. You can also audition for the Big Bass Drum Crew and play a vital role in the band. THERE ARE NO RESERVED SPOTS ON THE DRUMLINE. EXCEPT FOR STUDENT LEADERS, EVERYONE MUST AUDITION! Seniority does not play a part in the auditioning process; playing ability, technique, attitude, and character are what we are basing our decisions off of.
Here are some tips we think will help you in preparation and practicing:
If any questions come up while practicing the music, or in general about any aspect of the Purdue band or the audition process, don’t hesitate to contact myself or any of the student leaders and we’ll be happy to help. You can contact us via the contact page. Good luck, happy practicing, and we’re looking forward to seeing you at auditions!
Good luck, have fun, and BE PREPARED!
Dr. Pamela J. Nave
Associate Professor of Bands/Percussion
Not interested in Drumline?
If you're looking for information on our other percussion ensembles, take a look at our other ensembles!
A note on class scheduling
As you schedule classes, please sign up for BAND 110, and make an effort to avoid the 3:30 - 5:30 conflicts. We can get so much more done at rehearsals when everyone is present. Conflicts will have to be approved through Prof. Jones in advance. We will avoid approving anything more than a two-hour conflict (three for upperclassmen with one-time conflicts). We realize the problems with the schedule and one-time class offerings, but do your best to avoid those conflicts that are avoidable. With a concerted effort and careful schedule planning, we can eliminate many of the conflicts that now exist.
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