Percussion Requirements

We recommend that students consult with their private teacher or school music teacher in choosing music which represents their current skill level and preparing for their audition. Please prepare the following music for your audition.

  • Prepared Solo: A prepared solo on snare drum is required

  • Rudiments: Prepare a selection of rudiments, including a long roll, flam rudiment and drag rudiment, which demonstrate your current level of playing.

  • Optional Solo: Students who have studied timpani and/or mallets should prepare a solo on these instruments as well. ADVANCED DIVISION: Timpani/Mallet experience preferred. Please prepare a solo on timpani and/or mallets in addition to snare.

  • Mallet players should be prepared to play as many major scales and arpeggios as possible.

  • Students will be tested on tuning timpani intervals, based on their level of experience.

  • Sight reading will be asked on at least one instrument.

  • Bring a list of the percussion instruments on which you have training and playing experience.

Please Note:   All YOBC percussionists will be placed in a band ensemble. Some students will also be recommended for participation in a YOBC orchestra (Symphony Orchestra or Philharmonia)

Possible ensemble placement includes:

  • Wind Symphony –  Intermediate Division (band)

  • Wind Ensemble – Advanced II Division (band)

  • Philharmonia – Advanced II Division (full orchestra)

  • Fanfare Winds – Advanced I Division (band)

  • Symphony Orchestra – Advanced I Division (full orchestra)

  • Advanced Percussion Ensemble – Advanced I and II

Placement in an ensemble is at the sole discretion of YOBC music directors. Students do not audition for a specific ensemble.  Guidelines for placement for our different ensembles are located under About YOBC/YOBC Curriculum.