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Percussion Auditions 2017

Auditions for the upcoming season will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017.

CLICK HERE to download an itinerary for the day.

Percussionists must follow procedures below, as well as attend the designated audition day.


New students must visit fill out a New Member Form before attending auditions.



Those interested in auditioning for the Drumline AND/OR the Front Ensemble MUST submit a pre-screening video by June 18, 2017 at 11:59. EVERYONE is required to come to the live audition on June 24th, 2017. 

You may audition on as many instruments as you would like, be open to moving around to other instruments that you have never played before. 

  • If you do NOT submit a video, you WILL NOT be considered for the Drumline or the Front Ensemble.
  • If you are NOT able to make the live audition, you will have an EXTRA portion to the video assignment. 
  • PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO PRINT EXERCISES AND FOR THE ATTACHMENT TO SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO.
General Video Requirements:
  • Only submit a video for your TOP CHOICE instrument. You do NOT need to submit multiple videos to be considered for multiple instruments.
  • Snare players should use match grip.
  • Bass Players, please indicate which drum is your top choice, and play those splits for the entirety of the video. 
  • Front Ensemble players who are not comfortable with 4 mallets should play the 2 mallet exercises.
  • The metronome MUST be on in the background loud enough that the viewer can hear the click over your playing.
  • Post the video to YouTube, set to public or unlistee, then submit the link at the SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO button. If possible, please submit ONE video with all exercises. If it is not possible, you can submit more than one link. 
  • You DO NOT need to play on a drum for the video, a drum pad is fine. If you have access to a drum, you may play on one for the video. 

8’s Video Requirements: Tempos - 120 BPM, 140 BPM, and 160 BPM
  • FOR SNARES: Play TWO reps of each tempo. 
  • FOR BASSES: Play TWO reps of each tempo. 
    • First time play the Unison part, Second time play the split part. 
  • FOR TENORS: Play THREE reps of each tempo.
    • First time play Variation 1, Second time play Variation 2, and the third time play Variation 3.
  • FOR FRONT ENSEMBLE: Play TWO reps of each tempo.

Eights - Snare

Eights - Tenors

Eights - Basses

Eights - 2 Mallets

Eights - 4 Mallets

Eights - 120 (Audio File)

Eights - 140 (Audio File)


Tap Accent Video Requirement: Tempos - 130 BPM and 160 BPM
  • FOR EVERYONE: Play TWO reps of each tempo. 

Tap Accent - Snare

Tap Accent - Tenors

Tap Accent - Basses

Tap Accent - 2 Mallets

Tap Accent - 4 Mallets

Tap Accent - 135 (Audio File)

Tap Accent - 160 (Audio File)


All Kinds of Rolls Video Requirement: Tempos - 100 BPM, 120 BPM, and 140 BPM
  • FOR EVERYONE: Play TWO reps of each tempo. 
  • Please only play the “Swag Tag” the second rep of each tempo.

All Kinds of Rolls - Snare

All Kinds of Rolls - Tenors

All Kinds of Rolls - Basses

All Kinds of Rolls - Cymbals

All Kinds of Rolls - 2 Mallets

All Kinds of Rolls - 4 Mallets

All Kinds of Rolls - 120 (Audio File)

All Kinds of Rolls - 140 (Audio File)


Dirty Diddles Video Requirement: 144 BPM
  • FOR EVERYONE: Play TWO reps.  

Dirty Diddles - Snare

Dirty Diddles - Tenors

Dirty Diddles - Basses

Dirty Diddles - Cymbals

Dirty Diddles (Audio File)


Triple Shots Video Requirement: 116 BPM
  • FOR EVERYONE: Play through the FIRST 6 measures ONCE.
  • For ANYONE who cannot attend the live audition: Play through the ENTIRE CADENCE once.

Triple Shots - Snare

Triple Shots - Tenors

Triple Shots - Basses

Triple Shots - Cymbals

Triple Shots (Audio File)


Cymbals Video Requirements:

These videos are references for the techniques required:

  • Cymbal players will mimick the techniques in the videos above.
  • Each exercise should be played at 140 BPM
  • Play 8 of each crash on downbeats, just like the video.
    • Types of Crashes include: Flat Crash, Crash Choke, Tap, and Suncoast (or Sizzle Suck)

Front Ensemble Video Requirement:
  • Please play through any portion of your old show music/solo works that showcase you as a player. (preferably something with 4 mallets, but 2 mallets also works!)

For anyone who cannot attend the live audition:
  • Please tell us WHY you would like to join the MRD’s, and how being a member of this program will benefit you.
  • Please play any of your old show music/solo works that showcase you as a player. 


For additional information, please feel free to join the Facebook Interest Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/218269711995110/

Information with details about this event are posted below and will be mailed to all prospective members.  For more information regarding the Drumline audition process please contact Paige Durr at durrpk@dukes.jmu.edu

Itinerary & Event Information

Percussion Auditions will be held at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts

  • Additional Details T.B.D.

Required Audition Materials and Pre-Audition Submission Portal (2016)
Submit Video Here
Location & Parking for Auditions

Auditions will take place on campus at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts and the Music Building. The Forbes Center is located off of South Main Stree/Rte.11 at the west end of the JMU Quad. Parking for auditions will be in the Warsaw Parking Deck, conveniently located adjacent to the Forbes Center.

Registration will be held in Room 1115 on the first floor (signs will be posted).

For a campus map, visit www.jmu.edu/map

Our physical address for your G.P.S. is:147 Warsaw Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Recommended Directions:

  1. Enter Harrisonburg from I-81 via Exit 245 (Port Republic)
  2. Travel WEST on Port Republic Road (you will pass a campus entrance on the right)
  3. Turn RIGHT onto Rte.11-N/South Main Street (after your turn, stay in the left lane)
  4. At the next stoplight (Warsaw Ave.), turn LEFT to access the Warsaw Parking Deck. The parking garage is adjacent to the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts.
  5. Exit the parking deck and follow the signs to the right to the Forbes Center entrance. Enter through the first set of doors on the LEFT side of the building.
What to Bring

All percussionists should wear appropriate clothing for practicing outside, and should bring your own sticks and mallets. Instruments will be provided.Please note that all audition sessions will be held outside (unless there is inclement weather), so please dress appropriately. In case of rain, we will have secondary locations reserved if necessary.

Specific Questions?

If you have specific questions about the audition processes, please feel free to contact our instructor: Paige Durr - durrpk@dukes.jmu.edu Drumline and Front Ensemble

Any questions about the event times, locations, etc. can be addressed by contacting the JMU Band Office at (540) 568-6656, or visiting the MRD website: www.jmu.edu/mrd

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