Percussionists in the Cougar Marching Band perform at all home football and soccer games as well as various pep rallies, Alumni events, and a handful of catered dinners and small performances. Spots are filled via auditions held one week prior to the first day of classes. The WSUDL meets with the marching band 5:15pm-7:00pm most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays during a non-home football week with a Friday evening rehearsal on game weeks. The Drumline also meets for a few Wednesday sectionals at the beginning of the school year. All members must be enrolled in section two: MUS444.2
Fall (WSUDL) Instrumentation:
Snares: As many as ten players
Tenors: four to six players
Bass Drums: five to seven players
Cymbals: As many as ten players
Front Ensemble: None
The audition process for the fall drumline occurs Friday and Saturday at the beginning of camp in August (a couple days before winds and brass arrive, which is usually on Sunday, eight days prior to the first day of classes). Auditions consist of members playing their instruments of choice for drumline instructor Dr. Christopher Wilson on Friday evening, then during an ensemble rehearsal (or sectionals) while the instructor moves members around – between sections and within sections – to provide the best sound for the line and the best fit for the player. To be best prepared for your audition, please work on the music in the CMB drumline’s warmup packet and pregame set packet.
Things to know before you get to auditions:- A GREAT attitude
– Audition packet, posted on the audition page prior to camp
– All 40 of the PAS Rudiments (especially if interested in snare or tenors)
– A GREAT attitude
– Memorization skills – each show must be memorized
– A GREAT attitude
– All members must be enrolled in classes or working 25+ hrs/wk for the university.
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