All applicants must submit a video audition.
We are looking for stage presence as well as musicality. This doesn’t need to be a “polished” recording – usually cellphone video will suffice, as long as we can hear your instrument clearly. Be intentional with your video, but don’t obsess too much over it to the point that you never send it in!
Upload your video to youtube and send us the link. (You may also mail your video on a DVD or USB key, etc. if you prefer – our address is at the bottom of the page.)
- State your name and the position you’re applying for at the beginning of each section of your recording.
- Some of your content can be copied from recent videos of your performances.
- Make sure we can hear your part very clearly through the music. This is important: many auditions have had to be redone because the applicant was not distinguishable on the recording.
Specific to Drummers
We need to see three things from every drum applicant. Each of these elements should be 1-3 minutes in length in order to give us a good idea of your talent and ability in each area:
- Play a basic rock beat: Demonstrate a steady rock beat for at least a minute. Keep it simple and focus on consistency, but make sure that you throw in fills and demonstrate your ability to play with dynamics (switch from a ‘verse feel’ to ‘chorus feel’).
- Play something in a time signature that is not 4/4: (ie, 3/4, 6/8 etc) Play through a song (or parts of a song) in a different time signature. Again make sure to throw in some fills and play with dynamics.
- Play with other musicians: Your ability to play with a band is crucial. Please play a well-known song in the pop/rock genre and replicate the drum parts that you hear in the original recording to the best of your ability (see list below for some suggestions). We want to see you leading confidently through the roadmap of the song while filling an appropriate role in the ensemble. Play with a full band if at all possible–but if you can’t arrange for a full band, it’s okay to play along with just one or two other instruments.
Here is a list of suggested songs for the different parts of your drum audition. You aren’t required to use any of the songs listed here – they are simply suggestions.
Songs not in 4/4:
Pop/Rock Ensemble suggestions: