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2016-17 Drumline Auditions: Tuesday, April 26

Important Audition Information:
Bucks-marking time
Roll Builders B and C-marking time
Matrix D and F

8’s with inside to outside motion pattern
Bucks-marking time
Roll Builders A and B-marking time

Stick Control split pattern-marking time-we’ll pick the part they play
First 8 measures of Bucks-they can play either the #2 or #3 split part
Roll Builders A-sd part-marking time-if we need a tie breaker 



We are very excited that you are continuing with percussion and band at Madison High School next year! As a percussionist at the high school, your participation in marching band is part of your experience in band. This sheet is designed to help you with all of the activities that happen leading up to the summer marching band rehearsals in August with the entire band. These springtime rehearsals are crucial to setting up the percussion sections for success in marching band season.

Along with this info sheet you should have a packet of battery exercises. This packet contains exercises that we will be using during the marching season to develop technique and uniformity across all players in the battery. It also contains the material that will be asked for on the audition. A packet of information and exercises for the front ensemble members will be handed out to those students after the battery auditions take place.

Important Dates. All clinics/rehearsals are at Madison HS in the Music Department.

Battery Info Session – Wednesday, March 16, 6:00pm

Mr. Valadie will be discussing the general approach to the battery instruments as well as going over the specific material that needs to be prepared for the audition. Please bring a drum pad and sticks. This session is strongly recommended for everyone to attend, but especially for rising 9th graders.

Pre-Audition Battery Clinics – Thursday evenings 6-8pm: March 31, April 7, 14.  

These clinics are designed to give you a chance to play on the battery instruments in a group setting and get direct instruction from our staff to help you prepare for your audition.

            New this year: we will be factoring in your performance and progress during the pre-audition clinics for your audition. Your participation in these pre-audition clinics is very important

Battery Auditions – Tuesday April 26, 6-9pm. We will hear students play individually and in groups.

All rising 9th graders who audition for battery instruments must audition on Bass Drum. Snare and/or Tenors is optional.


Battery rehearsals – Thursday evenings, 6-8pm for remainder of school year.

These sessions are mandatory for all members of the battery.

            May 12                       June 9

            May 19                       June 16

            May 26                      

Front Ensemble rehearsals – Front Ensemble personnel will also meet after the auditions on the above Thursdays from 6-8pm.


Please direct any questions to Dr. Wolf at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are looking forward to another great year of percussion at James Madison HS!

David Wolf, Director of Percussion                         Daniel Valadie, Director of Marching Percussion

Michael Hackbarth, Director of Bands                    Raj Bajwa, Battery Tech

Laura Lounsbury, Front Ensemble Tech


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Address: 2500 James Madison Dr. Vienna, Virginia 22181
Phone: (703)319-2300
Fax: (703)319-2397

Quick Contacts

Michael Hackbarth Director of Bands [email protected]
Dakota Kaylor Percussion Director [email protected]
Lija Lusis Guard Director [email protected]
Helena Klumpp and Sonja Peake Band Booster Presidents [email protected]
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