To give you an idea of the types of instruments used in the percussion section, please take 10 minutes to watch this clip of the percussion section of the Santa Clara Vanguard--a college-aged group--playing mallet instruments (e.g. 4-mallet marimba), marching drums, ethnic drums (e.g. doumbek), and concert percussion (e.g. timpani): https://youtu.be/Sj_l-pJaY7k?t=18s
Percussionists must possess excellent attention to detail. Please watch this 4-minute video of a professor demonstrating all the technical skills need for a tambourine part: https://youtu.be/kf0OBp-f-5g Even tambourine is WAY more complicated than it looks, right? ;-)
To help us find the 5-6 percussionists for next year's 6th Grade Band, we ask that any interested students come in and demonstrate their musical skills. This audition will consist of the following: - Rhythm tests - Limb coordination tests - A prepared piano solo (please bring your own music) - Sight-reading on piano
Once all interested students have auditioned, 5-6 students will be contacted and given the option to switch to percussion, and all other students will continue on their woodwind or brass instrument.