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 be prepared to play the following in a live audition, or please include the following in your video submission if you choose to submit a pre-recorded video

Please note that if you do not have access to a snare drum, you may use a practice pad.

  • Rudiments (at mezzo forte)

    • Flams (slow-fast-slow)

    • Paradiddles (slow-fast-slow)

    • Closed (buzz) roll (5 seconds or longer)

  • Snare Drum Solo

    • 1-3 minute length preferred

    • Concert-style (closed rolls) preferred

  • You will be asked to submit electronically a summary of your relative experience with the following instruments:

    • Accessories (triangle, tambourine, bass drum, cymbals, etc.)

    • Timpani (including tuning)

    • Mallet Percussion

    • Rudimental Percussion (ie marching band)

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

  • Concert Winds

  • Philharmonia (full orchestra)

  • Symphony Orchestra (full orchestra)

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.