Audition for

Clemson University Drumline

May

1

Music Available

May

5

Audition Workshop

Audition materials for VIDEO round will be available on website

Clemson University Drumline Pre-Audition Workshop (P.A.W.)
9:00AM - 6:00PM
Brooks Center - Room 112

June

1

Video Deadline

June

8

Audition Results

June

15

Music Available

Deadline for VIDEO round audition submissions

Audition results announced
Those selected must report to CALL BACK auditions on Monday, August 13

Audition materials for CALL BACK round will be available on website

August

13

Callback Auditions

August

15

Band Camp

CUD CALL BACK Auditions
8:30AM - 5:30PM
Brooks and Bellamy Theaters

Tiger Band Preseason Camp begins

2018 Drumline Auditions

Prospective CUD Members:

Students interested in auditioning for the Clemson University Drumline should contact the Clemson Band Office at (864)656-3380. For more information, contact Dr. Paul Buyer at (864)656-3857 or pbuyer@clemson.edu.

Auditions will be held in the Brooks and Bellamy Theaters in the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. Snare/quad results will be posted by 12:30 PM. Bass results will be posted at 3:40 and cymbal results will be posted no later than 5:45 PM.

All students who will be living on campus and earn a callback audition will move into their dorms on Monday August 13th. They will pick up their keys from the front desk of their dorm.

Audition Information

Fall Audition Process

The audition process will consist of two parts; an ensemble evaluation and an individual evaluation. In the ensemble evaluation, each section will audition together as a line on a rotating basis trying various player combinations. During the individual evaluation, students will be asked to sight read and may be asked to play any of the music found on the website.

Results for the Snare and Quad lines will be posted at 12:30. Results for the Bass line will be posted at 3:40. The Cymbal line results will be posted at 5:45. Based on your video audition results, you were given section(s) to prepare for that would give you the best opportunity to make the line. All returning members (except for the section leaders) are required to re-audition each year — all spots are open and no spots are guaranteed.

Audition Mentality

CUD is looking for players who want to be a part of the drumline as an ensemble and not just play a certain instrument. This means understanding and respecting that the Clemson Drumline is made up of 4 sections - snares, quads, basses, and cymbals - and each section is of equal importance to Tiger Band, to the music, and to our success as a unit. At Clemson, there is no hierarchy. Everybody is valued, and everybody contributes.

Audition Material

Instrument assignments will be based on the ensemble audition (using the music found on the Music page) and the individual audition (which includes sight reading). Memorization of the exercises and cadences are required for the audition; supplemental material and pregame music do not have to be memorized for the audition. In addition, a show excerpt will be posted on the Music page on August 1st. This excerpt is expected to be playable with musical expression and memorized for the purpose of emulating mid-season music distribution. Please check the website on August 1st in order to download the show excerpt and prepare it for auditions on August 13th.

Basses and Cymbals:
When practicing split parts, Basses should choose one of the drums and Cymbals should choose one of the Cymbal parts described in the Notation Legend. During the ensemble audition, you may be moved around, so being adaptable and having a basic knowledge of the part as a whole would be to your advantage. The cymbal line plays a variety of techniques that are described in the Cymbal Technique Manual including crashes, chokes, slides, hi-hats, smashes, sizzles, scrapes, and taps. Cymbals may be asked to play forte crashes and upbeat hi-hats while marking time to demonstrate sound quality and timing/feel. New cymbal players should also refer to the article, Motivating the Marching Cymbal Line and do your best. We will teach you these techniques in further detail when you arrive at camp.

Helpful Tips

Your audition will be judged on the qualities described in Our Expectations.

Practicing with a metronome is a must — if you don’t own one, there are several simulated metronomes available on the internet.

Auditions will be held in the Brooks and Bellamy Theaters in the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts — an Online Campus Map is available on the Clemson University website.

Items Needed for Camp

The following items are required for auditions and camp:

Early Move-In

For those percussionists needing early move-in to campus dorms on Monday, August 13th, you will be able to move in between 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

You must contact Lee Maiden by email or phone (864-656-3380) with the following information no later than Friday, July 6th to be allowed to move in early:

Additional Information

Technique Manuals

The Technique Manuals were introduced in 2009 as a way to standardize the CUD Technique. In previous years we had students come in to auditions with completely different playing styles and there just wasn't enough time in the early season to fix habits that caused us to look and sound differently. All students auditioning for the Clemson Drumline are expected to read and work through the Technique Manuals as they prepare for the auditions.

Download and study the manual for your section before auditions. Even if you aren't coming to Clemson yet, check 'em out and see what you can learn!

Cymbal Notation Legend

The Cymbal Notation Legend is vital to understanding the cymbal notation we utilize in Tiger Band. Keep this legend at hand until you get the hang of reading the Tiger Band cymbal parts.

Cymbal Notation Legend

Mark Time Exercise

The animation below demonstrates how we get back and forth between our two main foot positions in the context of an 8-count exercise preceded by an 8-count tap-off. The color red indicates a foot being placed down on the displayed count, and the color black indicates a stationary foot. Please note exactly when the toes come together and exactly when they come back apart.