Texas Drums Audition Process
To be eligible to audition for the Texas Drumline you must first submit a Prospective Member Audition Form to the Longhorn Band Office.
Next, you must attend at least one of the three summer drumline clinics (listed above) in order to receive an official invitation to Band Week (where the drumline auditions will take place). It is encouraged that you attend all three clinics as these are intended to help prepare prospective members for auditions and the Band Week experience. If you are unable to attend at least one of the clinics, you must submit a performance video on your instrument(s) of interest prior to Friday, July 27.
2013 Drumline Clinic Dates:
- Saturday, July 6
- Saturday, July 27
- Saturday, August 10
Audition and Band Week
During Band Week, auditions for the drumline will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20 in the Band Hall (keep in mind that both prospective and returning members are required to attend both audition days). “Day 1” of the audition process will consist of section playing auditions and a group marching audition. At the end of the first day and after initial assessments have been completed, callbacks will be made for individuals to return to audition during “Day 2”.
“Day 2” of the audition process will consist of a group warm-up, which will work similar to the routine used during the summer clinics (these warm-up procedures are an important part of assessing the “Day 2” audition). Prospective and returning members that have made it to this point will perform an individual audition and then we will hold additional section playing auditions as needed. This day will conclude with a meeting to announce the 2013-2014 Texas Drumline.
Tuesday, August 20 – “Day 1” – 6:00 p.m. at the Band Hall
Section playing auditions
Call backs for “Day 2”
Wednesday, August 21 – “Day 2” – 9:00 a.m. at the Band Hall
Individual playing auditions
Section playing auditions (as needed)
Drumline set meeting
After the audition process is complete, if you find that you did not end up making the drumline, your Band Week is not necessarily over. There are additional ways to be involved in the Longhorn Band that include the Big Bertha Crew and the Big Flags Brigade.
You will find the individual audition excerpts in the next section of the handbook. Additional audition expectations and music excerpts will be discussed in further detail at the summer clinics.
If you need to email a section leader for more information regarding music or general info, visit the About page for contact information.