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Washington State Drumline

Percussionists in the Cougar Marching Band perform at all home football 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 from 5:15pm-7:00pm Monday through Thursday during a non-home football week with a Friday evening rehearsal on game weeks (this is slightly different from the winds, as they do not usually meet on Wednesday). On game days the line will typically meets seven hours prior to kick-off, in order to eat breakfast and warm-up before ensemble rehearsal in the stadium. All members must be enrolled in section two: MUS444.2

Fall (WSUDL) Instrumentation:
Snares: As many as ten players
Quints/Sixes: as many as three to five players
Bass Drums: as many as five to six players
Cymbals: As many as ten players
Front Ensemble: None

Audition Information

The audition process for the fall drumline occurs Sunday and Monday of band camp, one week prior to the first day of classes. There is currently no individual audition. Auditions consist of members playing their instrument of choice 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.

Things to know before you get to auditions:
– A GREAT attitude
– All 40 of the PAS Rudiments
– Knowledge of the “21st Century Hybrid Rudiments” is highly desirable
Audition packet, posted on the audition page prior to camp.
– A GREAT attitude
– Memorization skills – each show must be memorized
– A GREAT attitude
– Must be a team player

– All members must be enrolled in classes or working 25+ hrs/wk for the university.
– It would be smart to learn the snare parts AS WELL AS the desired part.

(i.e. learn Cymbals and Snare parts, Bass and Snare, or Tenor and Snare.)

Additional Information / Registration


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