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Warming up is key to healthy drumming. Being on the Purdue Drumline requires a lot of playing, most likely more than you've done in your career as a drummer. During marching season, a typical week consists of two-hour rehearsals, five days a week, plus an hour long rehearsal once a week. This is on top of all of the individual practicing that must be done to clean and memorize cadence. Game days are usually up to ten hours long, most of which will involve playing.
Not warming up before playing can result in some serious injuries. Here at Purdue, we take warmups very seriously. We warm up individually, and as a full line. Know these warmups. We may not play all of them, and we may add some, but they are important to know.
The current cadence line-up consists of five main cadences: Funky Fives and Suncoast (always played back-to-back, in what we call 'FunCoast'), Chunky Monkey, Good Times (GT), and STS. Lastly, a new cadence written by the current student leaders. These five cadences will be the five beats played the most. As the "All-American" Marching Band marches from place to place, multiple songs are played by the entire band, with cadences played in between by the drumline. These will be memorized. Know these cadences.
The "All-American" Marching Band always performs a pre-game show at home games. This consists of many different beats and songs, most of which are relatively easy. Again, all of these must be memorized by the first home game. A good amount of this music is subject to change. The pre-game music here is very close to what will actually be played, but parts may be changed to fit the length of the pre-game show for that given week. With visiting bands, on-field presentations, and other pre-game activities, the band may have more or less time for their pre-game performance. Learn this music, but be ready for changes!
Over the years, many student-written cadences have been played by the Purdue University Drumline, and are no longer being played. These cadences most likely won't be played again, but are very good practice tools. Feel free to practice them, but don't worry about memorizing them. They won't be a part of any audition, but you never know when you might see old grooves in new cadences!
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