Drumline and Sousaphone players

Frequently Asked Questions

Drumline Audition FAQ

Thank you for your interest in the Hawkeye Drumline! First, fill out the Drumline Clinics + Registration Form. Drumline Instructor Nick Miller will contact you with more information about our Drumline Clinics and Hawkeye Drumline Audition. ***Many questions about the clinics and audition can be answered on our drumline website: hawkeyemarchingband.uiowa.edu/drumhawk. You may also contact Drumline Instructor Nick Miller at nick-miller-1@uiowa.edu.

Yes, you can audition on more than one instrument. Your goal for auditioning should be to make the line.

This means that all auditionees should be open to playing other instruments other than their first choice. It is better to make the line on any instrument than to not make the line at all.

The bass line should be aware of the composite rhythm; that is, the entire bass part. Be prepared to play any of the bass parts as people will move from drum-to-drum.

 You should bring sticks, a practice pad, printed music from the Materials page, comfortable clothes and shoes, money for lunch, and a willingness to learn and get better!

We will provide all instruments, but if you own a drum and/or stand feel free to bring it.

The format of the clinics will start with an informal meeting followed by some stretching and exercising. We will then play together to break down the technique and show how the Hawkeye Drumline runs. We break for lunch from 12-1:30. We usually carpool together to grab some food and good times. After lunch we break off into sectionals before we come together as a full drumline again.