Spring Training

Spring Training is an integral part of the drumline training program. It offers returning members the chance to keep their hands in shape year round in preparation for Pre-Camp and Band Camp. It is also open to, and encouraged for, current HS students that have applied to the University and are interested in becoming a member of the 2014 edition of the Cavalier Marching Band Drumline. Current HS students who have applied to the University should contact Patrick Zampetti via email at or via phone at 804.304.2751 to arrange to attend some or all of the sessions. All spring training rehearsals take place at the Hunter Smith Band Building and run from 7-9pm.

2015 Spring Training Dates:

  • March 19th
  • April 2nd
  • April 12th
  • April 28th


Sunday July 12th, 2014 10AM-5PM

If you have not already done so, please contact us, let us know you are interested, and register with Patrick Zampetti. Contact Patrick @: Also please fill out the General Band Interest Form.

What To Expect at Pre-Camp

The pre-camp is an excellent opportunity for future and returning drumline members. The day will focus mainly on exercises and technique. These two foci will be the major elements of the audition process. Preparation of exercises before pre-camp is vital, as the audition process begins with pre-camp. The pre-camp is also an opportunity for drummers who are less skilled to receive helpful guidance. Every skill level of musician can benefit from this experience. The pre-camp is a learning opportunity.

Time and Place

Sunday July 20th, 2014
10AM-5PM (registration opens 9:30AM)
Hunter Smith Band Building
180 Culbreth Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22904


  • Bring your own sticks
  • Bring a drum pad
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes
  • Get plenty of rest the preceding night
  • Familiarize yourself with the exercises, beats, and technique guide

Frequently Asked Pre-Camp Questions:

Q. Do I need to go to the pre-camp in order to make the drumline?
A. Yes, attendance is highly recommended. Contact Patrick Zampetti, our drumline instructor, @ 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. Wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes. Refreshments will be provided.

Q. Do I have to be a percussionist to play on the drumline?
A. No. We invite anyone to audition to play on the drumline. Many marching percussionists are brass and wind players. The selection process takes into consideration your fundamental musical skills in addition to your percussive skills. You do not need to be a percussion major. You do not need to be a music major. You do not need marching experience. By developing your playing skills and having a good attitude, you give yourself the best opportunity to succeed in the band camp audition and receive one of the available percussion spots.

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. Use a metronome. Important things to work on are consistent even sound quality from each hand, relaxation, musicianship, and clarity. Also, since the performance season includes different themed shows for each home gameday, memorization is important. Memorizing the exercises and beats prior to camp, though not required, is a good preparation for the typical demands of the performance season.