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Drumline Audition Instructions

The Mustang Band only utilizes a battery drumline consisting of snare drums, tenor drums, bass drums, and cymbals. If you do not own one of these instruments, please contact your current band director to see if you might be able to utilize one for the audition. Otherwise, please email the drumline instructor in order to schedule a live audition (at which point you can use one of our instruments.)

Drumline auditions are particularly competitive. Therefore, if you feel comfortable with more than one percussion instrument, it is acceptable to submit separate video auditions for each. Moreover, if you have experience (and are proficient) on a woodwind or brass instrument, you may wish to submit a separate audition on that instrument as possible fallback solution in case you are not accepted into the drumline. If you decide to pursue either of these suggestions, please email Mr. Woodruff and the drumline instructor to let them know.

Finally, please notice that the audition instructions linked below are thorough and contain significant detail. Please be sure to read through the instructions for your instrument very carefully in order that you do not accidentally disqualify yourself due to an incomplete or incorrect audition. If you have any questions about anything included below, or need clarification on the terminology or instructions, please feel free to email the drumline instructor.


Please click on the link below for audition instructions specific to each instrument

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We enjoy meeting new students and encourage you to send an email if you have any questions or plan to visit campus. Contact information for directors and all band faculty and staff can be found on our contacts page.