Drumline Auditions

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ISU Student Auditions:

Date of Audition: Sunday, April 14th, 7:00pm – 10:00pm

All Iowa State Students are eligible to audition at this time, not just returning drumline members.  There will be a group audition as well as an individual audition with the following criteria:

  • 50 points: Group Audition (There will be 2 repetitions of the material for each section)
  • 30 points: Individual Auditions
  • 20 points: Section Leader
  • 3 possible points: Mr. Smyth, Director of the Cyclone Marching Band

To be considered on the A-list, you must score more than 80- points and attend all summer camps (or have a valid reason to miss)

Audition Materials for ISU Student Auditions

Summer Camps

Each summer the Iowa State Drumline offers a series of camps to help prepare both returning and potential students for their auditions.  This years camps are as follows:

  • July 9, 12:00pm-6:00pm
  • July 23, 12:00pm-6:00pm
  • August 6, 12:00pm-5:00pm
    • There will be a BBQ following this camp for any interested in going.  $4/5 dollar donation requested, but not required.

Another great opportunity to develop your technique no matter what your level of playing is at the Cyclone Percussion Academy

  • Date: TBD

Potential Members:

All potential members need to fill out this application. Please do so by clicking Application for Membership! – CLICK HERE!!!

Students audition for the drumline can move into their Fall housing starting Sunday, August 16th at 9:00AM.  Students wishing to move in on Saturday, August 15th may do so at an additional cost of $50.  Please contact the Department of Residence for details.  If students do not make the final drumline, they will still be allowed to stay in their residence hall at no additional cost.

Dates of Audition:

  • First Round Auditons: August 14th, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Auditions Continue: August 15th
  • Final Drumline Posted: August 16th, 12:00pm

Audition Materials

Audition Scoring

  • 50 points: Group Audition (Sunday night-Tuesday morning)
  • 30 points: Individual Auditions (Sunday night)
  • 20 points: Section Leader (Sunday Night – Tuesday Morning)
  • 3 possible points: Mr. Smyth, Director of the Cyclone Marching Band

You must have 80 point or more to be considered for a spot on the drumline.  Even if 80 points are achieved, it is still possible for the directors to not fill a spot due to a variety of reasons: band instrumentation, drumline balance, etc.

The Final Drumline:

Required rehearsals:

Band Camp: August 14th – 21th
Daily rehearsals 4:30-5:50 pm, You must sign up for Music 114A
Morning rehearsal prior to all home games and exhibitions
Drumline rehearsals, Thursday evenings 7:00-10:00 pm
Sectionals (weekly)

The Iowa State Drumline is a dedicated group, continuously striving for improvement. While our rehearsal and performance schedule might seem overwhelming, please remember we are also committed to having fun. We look for members with a positive attitude who are willing to work hard to deliver an outstanding performance.

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