Auditions for the OMB Percussion Section will be held Sunday before camp. The audition consists of a short orientation meeting, followed by a rehearsal-style group audition where all participants try out in a line setting.
There is no individual audition, although participants may be asked to play by themselves in front of the group.
Participants are not required to prepare any particular exercise or pieces beforehand, and all music is taught at the audition.
If you are auditioning for a batterie instrument, you should be familiar with the 40 P.A.S. rudiments as well as some more contemporary “hybrid” rudiments. You should also have experience with the marching techniques associated with the batterie, as movement is a big part of the activity.
Front ensemble will require a placement audition. If you are auditioning for a keyboard instrument (mallets or synthesizer), we recommend you be able to read bass and treble clef, play arpeggios, and major/minor scales in keys up to 4 flats and sharps. If you wish to play timpani, you should have a basic knowledge of tuning and playing technique.
A great way to prepare for the percussion auditions is by attending the Summer Music Camps @ UO: Marching & Leadership Camp. The percussion section is taught by OMB Percussion Instructor, Micah Brusse as a part of Yamaha’s Sounds of Summer.
The OMB Percussion Section consists of:
-Snare Drums: 7 – 11
-Quads: 4 – 5
-Bass Drums: 5-6
-Cymbals: 7 – 11
-Keyboards (Marimbas/Vibraphones): 4-6 players
-Synthesizers: 1-2 players
-Timpani (set of 4-5 drums): 1 player
-Aux. Perc. (Concert Bass Drum, Gong, Toms, etc.): 2-4 players
If you have any questions about the Drumline or Front Ensemble, contact Micah Brusse: firstname.lastname@example.org