Auditions

All drumline prospectives should plan on attending Pre-Camp

If you have not already done so, please contact us to let us know you are interested, and register with our drumline instructor Mr. Larry Cauley. Contact Mr. Cauley at LRC7g@virginia.edu. Also, please let the band know you are interested by emailing bands@virginia.edu. You can also fill out the General Band Interest Form.

Frequently Asked Auditions Questions

Q. When do I audition for the drumline?
A. Our audition is held during the Drumline Pre-Camp in July, exact date and time TBA. Attendance at the pre-camp is mandatory. There are 3 optional Spring training sessions to help you prepare for the pre-camp audition. The dates of these are:

  1. Sunday January 29th, 2017 5:30pm-8pm
  2. Sunday Feb. 26, 2017 5:30pm-8pm
  3. Sunday April 9th, 2017 5:30pm-8pm

Individual earlier times are available for one-on-one sessions on those dates for students who can not make the later sessions. You may set up an earlier time AND also attend the late full rehearsal.

Skype or FaceTime lessons are also available, and can be set up by emailing Larry Cauley at LRC7g@virginia.edu.

Q. Do I need to go to the pre-camp in order to make the drum line?
A. Yes, attendance is mandatory. Contact Larry Cauley @ LRC7g@virginia.edu if you have issues with attending pre-camp.

Q. What will occur at the pre-camp?
A. The pre-camp will consist of sessions covering technique, exercises, and other fundamentals.

Q. What do I need to bring to the pre-camp?
A. You need to bring your own sticks and earplugs. Wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Refreshments will be provided.

Q. How do I prepare for the pre-camp, audition, and season? 

A. The first step is to contact us, let us know you are interested, and register. Practice the exercises and the basics. Be efficient! Important things to work on are sound quality, evenness, clarity, and ability to maintain tempos.

Pit Auditions

Front Ensemble auditions will take place during band camp. Please prepare the following:

  • Know all major scales and arpeggios at 100 bpm, sixteenth notes. We will randomly select a few scales for you to play.
  • F Major Invention, Marimba 1 and Marimba 2 (on music site)
  • Sight-reading. We will provide you with a short sight-reading piece during auditions.