Hello and thank you for your interest in the UW Husky Drumline! The purpose of this page is to lay out in detail our audition process, as well as the Summer in general. So here we go…
Auditions for the 2017 UW Drumline will happen on Saturday, April 29th, 2017. THEY WILL BE HELD IN THE DEMPSEY INDOOR PRACTICE FACILITY FROM 4-8PM. PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY. PARKING IS AVAILABLE IN THE E-1/E-18 PARKING LOT. PLEASE ALSO MAKE SURE TO FILL OUT THE AUDITION REGISTRATION FORM. Although this is a mandatory event, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any interest in the Husky Drumline. This day will be used to evaluate everyone present from both an individual, and an ensemble perspective. You will be given feedback on your audition and will hopefully have a great time. After the audition is over, the UW Percussion Staff will begin determining the personnel and placement for the 2017 ensemble.
Results will be emailed out as soon as they are available. We’ll continue to have rehearsals periodically throughout the summer and also hold a mandatory week-long drumline camp toward the end of the summer. Specific dates for the camp and rehearsals will be can be found on the Drumline Camp and Preseason Schedule Page.
Please make sure to read and understand everything on this page. In addition, make sure to prepare yourself with all of the indicated audition material below.
Each year, The UW Husky Marching Band’s Drumline possess a maximum of 10 Snares, 6 Tenors, 6 Basses, and 10 Cymbals. We’re a pretty large group, but we’re also pretty tight-knit.
While you’re on our website, please take some time to navigate through the entire site. We encourage everyone to audition on the instrument that they want to play, but to also keep an open mind. It is the percussion staff’s job to determine what is best for the entire Drumline. If you come into the auditions hoping to play in a particular section, but will be happy just to be in the drumline at all, then your chances have increased greatly. In our experience, people who come in willing to play anything tend to enjoy the most success and have the best time throughout their years in the line because they’ve come in with the right attitude to begin with; a positive one.
Please understand that this is an audition. We expect that everyone coming to the audition already possesses at least the basic or intermediate marching percussion concepts of today’s modern drumline, both from a playing and marching perspective. That isn’t to say that there won’t be any teaching taking place. We, as a staff, will do everything possible to help you understand the techniques and try our best to ensure that everyone is able to reach their goals, but the fact remains that this is an audition and while we hope that everyone who auditions will win a spot in the ensemble it is entirely possible that individuals may not pass the audition. Keep that only in the back of your mind. Keep the following in the very front of your mind. We will have a great day!
After we have finalized the personnel, the real work begins. The Husky Marching Band performs a new ten-minute half-time show at every home football game. That’s six or seven games total. That equals about 60-70 minutes of music to be learned and memorized. In addition to this, the Band also has about 20 tunes in its stands tunes repertoire and the Drumline has another 20 or so cadences/stadium grooves on top of that. In short, we have a lot of material to learn and to make performance-ready in a relatively short amount of time. We will use the remainder of the summer to continue honing our playing and marching technique and also learn and memorize as much material as possible. It will be fun, you’ll see!
At the end of our week long camp at the end of the summer, we host one of the largest marching percussion clinics on the west coast: The UW Day of Marching Percussion. This is a day-long playing clinic. We invite all High School Drumlines to come out and spend a day working with the UW Drumline staff and members. Together, we brush up on skills, learn some new grooves, hand out some prizes, and have a lot of fun. More details about the event can be found on the Husky Day of Marching Percussion page.
Click here to download all the materials:
This link should include the “READ FIRST – Audition Intro” document, and the “Technique Exercises” packet, which includes the following audition materials:
- 2016th Note Timing
- Triple 4-2-1
- 32nd Note Rolls
We look forward to meeting you in April! Please remember to fill out the Audition Registration Form and continue to check out all of the audition information on this website, as well as our social media sites regularly for updates. If you have any additional questions, please contact Head Instructor Steve Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org.