Percussion information

Prospective UNT Green Brigade Drumline Percussionists

I am glad you are interested in auditioning for the 2020 UNT Green Brigade Drumline and look forward to meeting you. In order to make an accurate judgment of your playing ability the audition process  begin Friday, August 14th at 1:00pm in the College of Music (room TBA).  

Dates to Know:
Residence Hall Move in - Friday, August 14, 2020, 8:00am
Audition - Friday, August 14, 2020, 1:00pm

The audition process will last through the first two days of the camp in order for all staff members to make an accurte assessment of your playing ability. Your evaluation will be based upon:

Rhythmic accuracy 
Quality of sound 
Strength / chops 
Commitment level / attitude

All rudimental percussionists should be prepared with a short solo demonstrating your abilities - no longer than 2 1/2 minutes
Also, please be prepared with your own exercises demonstrating:
Accent Tap
Double beat
Triple beat
Basic diddle and roll exercises (duple & triplet based)
Basic flam accent and flam tap exercise

All keyboard percussionists (and timpanists) should be prepared with a short 2 and/or 4 mallet solo or excerpt from a longer piece. You should also be prepared with exercises demonstrating:
2 mallet scales and arpeggios (major, minor, and chromatic)
4 mallet dexterity and blocked chords (vibes – Burton grip, marimba – Stevens grip)

Please bring suggested implements:
Innovative Percussion FS-PR2
Innovative Percussion TS-PR Multi-Tom Stick
Innovative Percussion FS-4002 Marimba Mallets
Innovative Percussion IP-1005 Vibe Mallets (4)

If you are auditioning for the front ensemble it is not mandatory to perform on all instruments. If you are not equally strong in all areas of percussion this will not count as a negative. However, your versatility could serve as a positive.

The exercises used for the audition will cover fundamentals and will be somewhat easy to understand. Once again, the emphasis will be placed on quality of sound, timing, and rhythmic accuracy.

All exercises for battery and mallet players will be given to you at the camp and will not be mailed out.

If you have a conflict with the audition please e-mail well in advance.

I am certain it will be a successful year and I hope you can be a part of it. 
Good luck at the audition!


Professor Paul Rennick
UNT Green Brigade Percussion Coordinator

Mr. John Yeates
UNT Green Brigade Percussion Technician

Professor Daniel Cook
UNT Green Brigade Director