The BYU Drumline typically fields 8 – 10 snares, 4 – 5 tenors, 5 bass drums, and 6 – 8 cymbals. This varies slightly from year to year, depending on available talent. The number of available positions changes every year depending on how many members are returning as well as the talent of auditioning applicants. In general, there are 25-28 total members of the drumline and as many as 60 applicants, so competition can be tough. The Cougar Marching Band does not have a front ensemble with keyboards, timpani, etc.
Before auditioning, applicants must have previously submitted an INTENT TO AUDITION FORM, following which audition materials are sent out at the beginning of March. The Intent to Audition form can be completed at any time prior to admission to BYU.
An audition consists of playing the required material which includes:
- listening exercises
- optional etudes or solos as supplemental material of the applicant’s choice
Auditions must be video recorded as a DVD or video file (mp4, mpeg, wmv) with the applicant performing the material and marking time simultaneously.
Auditions must be received by May 1. Positions are awarded as qualified players audition and announcements of membership and scholarship awards will be sent beginning May 15. Please be considerate and patient, as we receive between 350 and 400 applications each year with 20-60 applicants for drumline.
Additional audition recordings will be accepted until the band is completely staffed, but those who audition late have a much less likely chance of getting a position. Filling all positions may extend to the middle or end of May for a few sections. However, most sections are extremely competitive. We urge prospective members to audition as soon as possible.
As you receive notification of acceptance in the band, you can register for the marching band class (Music 323R, Section 1). Registration is by computer through AIM on your myBYU account once you have been admitted to the university.