what are some difficult auditions you've been through?

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what are some difficult auditions you've been through?

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 1:34 pm



Im curious as to what some of those "make it or break it" moments you've been through. I know a friend of mine who had to play triplet grid with a diddle on 1st and a flam on the 3rd and made him play it marking time, then play the grid backwards, and other variations with it. For another friend they had a triplet diddle exercise that went over the bar lines, and they had to march a figure 8 exercise to that. What ever it is, the more specific you are the better because i would like to try some of these challenges


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Re: what are some difficult auditions you've been through?

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 7:52 pm



35 years ago- Atlanta, Georgia- Spirit auditions- Tom Float in a room with two other guys
"Hey man, show us what you got."

5 years ago- Pigeon Forge,Tennessee- Auditioning for a drum set spot as a professional musician
House band set up on stage- " Hey let's play this old tune. You know that song don't you?"

4 years ago- Dollywood Amusement Park- Auditioning for a drum set spot as a professional musician-
House band set up on stage- Panel of three men and one lady looking on.
"Now, let's play three tunes from the show".

A few months ago- a relaxed get together for the group that I play with now,
even though I knew they were checking me out and my playing style since we
had never played together.

Life is an audition.
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Re: what are some difficult auditions you've been through?

Posted: Sat Jul 18, 2015 9:19 am



Almost forgot, even though it wasn't an actual audition, my senior recital in college
was a little nerve wracking. Even though I was totally prepared, almost to a point of
being over-prepared, I was still a little nervous until I got underway. Being a solo act
for a night is totally different from playing in a group. Safety in numbers!

And my scholarship audition in college as a rising freshman was a bit difficult. I played
before a panel of three faculty members, none of which were percussionists. So I had
to play as musically as possible to connect with them I thought. I mean, what does a
trumpet, a clarinet, and a piano professor know about what I am playing? Well, you'd
be surprised at just how much a real musician knows about your instrument even though
they don't actually play it. I did receive a full scholarship for a year as a result, so my
preparation was rewarded. My parents were glad that I practiced too I assure you.
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Re: what are some difficult auditions you've been through?

Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 7:10 pm



I get lessons from a snare for 2010-11 Troopers and he said on the second camp the techs told everyone to hit every four beats and if you fidgeted in between hits- you were cut.


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Re: what are some difficult auditions you've been through?

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:33 pm



I auditioned for PSU this past August. I had been preparing since early May, and while I didn't feel I "had it in the bag," especially after listening to the returnees and some of the auditionees, I did feel I knew what I was doing and had a chance at making it somewhere on the line. After two days of ensemble playing and marching and an individual audition, I was told that I didn't make it, which obviously sucked a lot.

So, that night I was like "well, now what do I do?" and I'll admit I was sort of mopey :P

Until I received an e-mail from the drum captain the next morning saying they had a spot for me after all. :D

As it turns out, a guy who made the cymbal line decided not to march, so they called me. I've never felt as lucky as I did that morning.
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