Percussion Audition Preparation

Percussion Audition Preparation


The final 2014 percussion section roster will be posted at the conclusion of the May 31st audition day.

Results will also be posted on the band's web site and emailed to all candidates. In addition to the final roster, two alternates will be chosen for each section and placed in a First-Call and Second-Call order. In the event that any members on the final roster are unable to fulfill their obligation prior to the start of band camp in August, alternates will be contacted for replacement.

Audition Materials

The 2014 individual percussion audition materials are now available. Download the PDF file by clicking on the button below. Players may be asked to play all or some of the individual etudes provided. The bulk of the audition will be ensemble playing with materials provided on the audition day for those traveling to Lincoln for their audition. The ensemble audition material will be mailed at a later date to those submitting a video audition.

Download Percussion Audition Material

WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR


Preparation

You must be prepared if you expect to achieve a successful audition. You must print the audition materials, put them in a three-ring binder and bring the materials to the audition. Commit to practicing as it will be necessary though out the season. Study the music and other information, read and comprehend all of the print material. Though we cannot ask you to do more than your best, other incoming students and veteran players will also be auditioning for the same spot as you.


Technique

All approaches to our technique are outlined in the audition material. Our system is intended to provide the best, most natural approach of playing that will maximize each student's potential and growth as a musician. Any technique should have room for adaptation but the basic tenants should be intact and clearly understood.


Timing and Rhythmic Accuracy

The more you play with a metronome or recorded music, the better your internal pulse and groove becomes. Great ensembles have great timing and it starts with each individual. Rhythmic accuracy is the ability to play rhythms in time and with a high level of clarity. HINT: Check the Patterns and Timing 101 sheets in the audition materials.


Sound Quality

Players should place a premium on incredible sound quality at all dynamic levels. This comes from a thorough understanding of technique, touch, approach, and confidence. The stick, mallet, head, drum, cymbal, and keyboard should all work in tandem to produce a warm, full, and open sound at all times.


Listening

Great musicians are great listeners. They adjust when needed rather than being constantly reminded. They are aware of how they are blending with those around them. They are aware of their sound quality at all times. They understand the music and what they are trying to accomplish.


MEMBER EXPECTATIONS

The Cornhusker Marching Band percussion section is a community of individuals who are all committed to one thing: Doing whatever it takes to help the group succeed and function at the highest level.

Maturity

This is a professional organization. We have lots of fun and embrace the unique and valuable personalities of each person. However, we hold very high standards in how we perform, rehearse, and conduct ourselves as both musicians and citizens. Responsibility and maturity is expected without fail.


Fundamental Proficiency and Development

This is a college percussion section that expects performances of the highest level. To play at a high level you must prepare at a high level. Fundamentals are the backbone and basis from which our playing begins and ends. Players will place the utmost priority and constant attention on development and mastery of these basics.


Humility

Humility means being teachable, coachable, flexible, and maintaining a selfless attitude. Those who achieve the most brag the least.


Attitude

Your attitude is your choice alone 100% of the time. Life is often 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it. Members are expected to maintain and develop attitudes of contribution, optimism, service, and gratitude.


Conduct

What you do and how you do it. What you say and how you say it. We do the right thing regardless, on the field and off the field. We are not only a group, but a community and family first and foremost.


Impeccable Work Ethic

The title speaks for itself — We work hard. There are no substitutes here. Everyone is a starter and we depend on each other. You must have an eagerness 100% of the time to work hard: Every day. Every rehearsal. Every Performance


Health

Each individual is expected to take the necessary care and action to ensure their mental and physical wellness functions at the highest level.


Practice and Preparation

Additional practice is necessary and required. Members are expected to consistently refine and work their fundamentals and show music away from group rehearsal. Progress and preparation should go without saying.