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Percussion Auditions

(For all concentrations other than jazz studies)

Choose two of the following three areas (snare, marimba, timpani)

Snare Drum

  • Demonstration of an orchestral roll, flams, and drags.
  • One (1) etude. Suggested books:
    • Portraits in Rhythm - Cirone
    • 50 Contemporary Snare Drum Etudes - Lepak


  • All major scales (2 octaves)
  • An etude or sonata movement. Suggested books:
    • Masterpieces for Marimba - McMillan
    • Modern School for the Xylophone - Goldenberg


  • A prepared solo. Suggested composers:
    • Vic Firth - The Solo Timpanist
    • Alexander Lepak - 32 Solos for Timpani
    • Mitchell Peters (Primal Mood, Rondino)
    • Garwood Whaley (Statement for Timpani)