The BYU Drumline typically fields 25-28 total members including: 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 based on the number of returning members as well as the talent of auditioning applicants. 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 or after admission to BYU.
Rhythm, Timing, & Listening Exercises
Optional etudes/solos of the applicant's choice as supplemental materials
Auditions must be video recorded as a video file (mp4, mpeg, wmv) with the applicant performing the material and marking time simultaneously (feet MUST be seen).
Auditions must be received by May 1. Positions are awarded as qualified players audition and announcements of membership and scholarship awards will be sent after May 15. Please be considerate and patient, as we receive between 350-400 applications for the band each year.
Additional audition recordings will be accepted until the band is completely staffed, but those who audition late have a much lower 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.
After receiving admission to BYU, and as you receive notification of acceptance into the band, you can register for the marching band class (Music 322R, Section 1). Registration is through MyMap on your myBYU account.