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Video auditions are accepted year round. No matter where you are in the world, we want to see what you’ve got. Pay your fee below in order to download the audition materials, then create your audition video, upload it to your preferred video hosting platform and then return here to submit it.
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PERCUSSION VIDEO AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS
For the battery audition video please demonstrate basic technique including 8s, double beat, accents and taps, 16th and triplet timing, rolls, flams, and a solo no longer than two minutes. Quads please demonstrate basic around on all exercises as well. Include a 1-2 minute introduction explaining your experience and why you want to be apart of Watchmen.
For the video, please include a short introduction, talking about your experience and why you wish to join Watchmen Front Ensemble. Further, include the exercises/techniques/styles as provided below, for your instrument of choice.
Scales and Arpeggios: 100bpm, 180bpm
Emaj, Dbmin with two
Bbmaj with four
Green #2: 70bpm, 140bpm
Amaj, Fmaj with two
Cmin with four
Any 4-Mallet Block chord exercise
1-2 min excerpt
Major Scales: Both hands, two octaves
D, F#, and G
Arpeggios: Both hands, one octave
Db, Fmin, and Bb
1-2 min excerpt
Green #1: 80bpm, 100bpm
Long Roll: pp<ff over 4 measures,
ff>pp over 4 measures.
Scales: Two octaves
Emin, Gmaj, and Cmin
Green #2: Bass Clef, 80bpm, 100bpm
Cmaj, Gbmaj, and Bmaj
Grooves: rock, funk, halftime shuffle, reggae, bossa.
nova, samba, 4/4 swing, mambo, and soca
- Select and perform a 1.5 to 2-minute etude or solo excerpt of your choice
- Excerpts may be performed on any brass instrument (Trombone, French Horn, etc.)
- Suggestions include all -State material, Class 1 solos or standard repertoire for your instrument
- Make sure that the excerpt includes both a technical and lyrical portion
- Remington’s – This exercise is used to focus on creating the best warm sound by shaping your oral cavity. Initial attack should be made with a Doh articulation followed by an ohh vowel as you depress your Valves. Make sure you are holding notes full value and using big, warm, slow air.
- Lip Slurs-These two exercises are designed to do three different things. First, lip slurs when practiced properly
can build endurance by developing the muscles in your embrouchure. Second, lip slurs when practiced
properly can help build range. Finally, proper sluring technique will train you to use your oral cavity
and air stream to change from partial to partial. Please observe all breath marks and use descending
chromatic alternate fingerings.
- Goldman Short Etude -This etude is designed to work on your articulation. Performers should use ta articulation
for each staccato note. Please pay attention to the articulations that aren’t staccato. Make
sure you keep the air moving as to allow the tongue to lightly tap the hard pallet. Take the
exercise slow and pay close attention to the patterns. The form of the etude is ABA.
- Perform each exercise with an audible metronome while marking time
- 4 – Note Lip Slur at 3 Tempos – Quarter Notes = 80 / 144 / 180
- Perform each exercise with an audible metronome while marching the box drill exercise
- Utilize the visual technique you feel most comfortable performing
Once you have your musical audition video prepared and uploaded, please send an email with a link of your video audition to:
Link to your music audition video(s)
Your full name
Birth date and current age
Active email address
Section for which you are auditioning
Previous drum corps and/or marching band experience
Email your video to: David Becker at Send Mail
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