Percussion Ensemble Class Information
2019 Drum Line Information
We have the following upcoming rehearsals at the end of the summer and beginning of next school year:
If you are interested in auditioning for snare drum: prepare the exercises listed above on the snare drum line in the music.
If you are interested in auditioning for tenors: prepare the exercises listed above on the tenor line in the music (including all variations/around patterns). Note: some exercises (ex: 16th note timing) are written as only 1 line, rather than in an around pattern variation. Learn these types of exercises on 1 drum.
If you are interested in auditioning for bass drum: learn the bass drum 2 part on all split part variations, as well as the "Gamut" for 8 on a hand. You should also know the snare drum line. Note: some exercises (ex: 16th note timing) are written as only 1 line, rather than in a split part.
If you are interested in auditioning for cymbals: learn and demonstrate each technique in this video and this video, including both flat position (45 degree angle) and port position (in front of eyes, perpendicular to ground). This positions are detailed in this excellent video. More on bring ups and downs here and details of flat crashes here.
2019 Drum Line Exercise Packet: more music (cadences, stand tunes, etc.) will be given to you in the fall, but these are the basics of what you should be working on for auditions and over the summer. Remember to learn the "basic four" exercises above for auditions on August 26.
Drum Line Practice Routine: use this as a guideline for what to work and how to work on it this summer.
The key to all of these exercises is a relaxed mindset and body. Tension is the enemy of great sounds! Practice in front of a mirror to ensure your technique is set up for success. Always practice with a metronome and with marking time!
Here are some resources of GREAT drum lines that play matched grip:
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Sticks & Earplugs
Please purchase the following sticks for snare drum: Vic Firth Ralph Hardimon Series. If you audition and make the tenor line on August 26, you should purchase these sticks for tenors: Vic Firth Ralph Hardimon Tenor Sticks.
Earplugs: everyone MUST have a good set of ear plugs to protect your hearing during rehearsals. We recommend these earplugs, but there are many other variations that can work as well. Hearing protection is a must for drum line!
Drum Line Basics Resources
Watch this video and practice the exercises to work on your four basic stroke types. Vic Firth's Education Resource Library is full of outstanding percussion resources. You can also search YouTube for drum line videos (search for Bluecoats, Blue Devils, Cadets, Cavaliers, Madison Scouts, Carolina Crown - all great drum corps drum lines!)
Email Mr. Leather at email@example.com with any questions!