Auditions

Dear Prospective and Returning Drumline Members,

 

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the 2020 University of Minnesota Marching Band for its 129th year of community, tradition, pride, family, and performance.

If you're interested in joining the Drumline and haven't contacted us yet, please email the drumline team leader (drumline@umn.edu) or leave a voicemail with the marching band office (612-624-2514) as soon as possible.

Season 129's Fall 2020 drumline auditions are on August 15th, 2020 at TCF Bank Stadium and begin at 9:00 a.m. 

The entrance to the Marching Band facility is located under the "Pope" County marker in the Northeast corner of the stadium. Everyone who wants to audition must be present at 9:00 AM for a very brief informational Zoom meeting and to sign up for an audition time.

Additionally, an optional pre-audition rehearsal will be at TCF Bank Stadium on August 14th, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. If you are unable to attend either of these sessions (especially auditions), please contact the drumline team leader at drumline@umn.edu as soon as possible.

Click here to download "Ski-U-Mah" for Snare and Multi-Tenor Auditions.

Snare Drum players must be able to play Traditional Grip. If you're practicing for Multi-Tenor Drums, our five shell sizes are 6", 10", 12", 13", and 14". Information on Traditional Grip and other Drumming Basics are available at the bottom of this page.

Everyone will sign up for an audition time at 9:00 AM. People auditioning on Cymbals will demonstrate techniques, perform sight reading alone, and play music taught in the moment with a groups and pairs. People auditioning on Bass Drum will perform sight reading alone, demonstrate basic skills, play with a metronome, and rotate in groups performing music taught in the moment. People auditioning on Snare Drum and Multi-Tenors will perform Ski-U-Mah and play some sight-reading.

There are many options for travel and parking. If you don't mind walking about a mile you can park for free on the streets of the Dinkytown neighborhood just West of the stadium. If you're staying at a hotel there may be Public Transportation Options that are more convenient. Otherwise there is Campus Parking near the stadium.

Keep in mind, when planning your Fall class schedule, that during the football season the Drumline rehearses from 7pm - 10pm every Wednesday night in addition to the regular Marching Band rehearsal schedule.

If you have questions about marching band, or specifically about drumline, you can visit our FAQ page, the University of Minnesota Marching Band website, contact me and the Leaders, or call the marching band office at 612-624-2514.

2020 Drumline Leadership:

Role Name Email
Team Leader, Multi-Tenor
Jason Bonner 

drumline@umn.edu

Snare Drum Moriah Elkin elkin048@umn.edu
Bass Drum Tyrese Leverty lever151@umn.edu
Cymbals Madison Thornburg thorn511@umn.edu
Cymbals Michael Toth tothx057@umn.edu

 

Thank you,
--
Kelley Lima
Drumline Instructor | University of Minnesota Marching Band
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities | limax003@umn.edu

 

Resources

Here are document links to basic information and music you should know for an audition.

 

(Updated 5 August 2020)