All applicants must be in grades 10-12 and have marched in the band/guard for a minimum of 1 year. Ensemble members of any grade are welcomed to participate in workshops or clinics for future auditions, but only students in grades 10-12 will be considered for any drum major positions. Attendance at workshops and clinics does not require a student to audition for DM.
DRUM MAJOR WORKSHOPS/CLINICS- WEDNESDAY, MAY 3 - 2:45-4:00PM- WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 - 2:45-4:00PM
DRUM MAJOR AUDITIONS - WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 2:45pm
Drum Major Audition Requirements:
All candidates for Drum Major are required to fill out an application. Applications are due to Mr. Hoeltje before the second workshop on May 10.
Each Drum Major candidate will conduct a musical excerpt(s) that will be provided at the first workshop.
o All candidates will call marching commands to which the other candidates will respond.o Commands should be clear and in rhythmo Each candidate will have the same set of commands to call to ensure fairness
o Be prepared to demonstrate all fundamentalso These marching fundamentals will be evaluated while following the commands of the other candidates.
o Candidates may be asked to TEACH one fundamental (i.e. parade rest, attention, horn up/down, forward/backward march, slide/crab, etc.)
Following the audition procedure, each candidate will participate in an interview session with the audition committee.
NOTE: In addition to the audition requirements listed above, the successful candidate(s) will have also demonstrated leadership skills, musicianship, and personal responsibility throughout his/her participation in the band program. Any past behaviors, both positive and negative, will be considered when selecting a Drum Major.