Percussion Information

Prospective UNT Green Brigade Drumline and Front Ensemble Percussionists

I am glad you are interested in auditioning for the 2021 UNT Green Brigade Percussion section and look forward to meeting you. 

Move-In: 2021 dates still to be announced.

Initial Meeting and Audition: 2021 dates still to be announced.

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

Timing
Rhythmic accuracy 
Quality of sound 
Technique 
Strength / chops 
Reading
Attendance
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:

8’s
Accent Tap
Double beat
Triple beat
Basic diddle and roll exercises (duple & triplet based)
Basic flam accent and flam tap exercise

All keyboard percussionists 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)

We do have several synthesizer spots available. If you have particular piano proficiency, please let us know this as well.

Please bring suggested implements:
Innovative Percussion FS-PR2
Innovative Percussion TS-PR Multi-Tom Stick
Innovative Percussion FS-4002.5 Marimba Mallets
Innovative Percussion IP-4006 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!

Sincerely,

Professor Paul Rennick
UNT Green Brigade Percussion Coordinator
paul.rennick@unt.edu

Professor Daniel Cook
UNT Green Brigade Director
daniel.cook@unt.edu