Blazin' Brigade drumline and front ensemble are built on fundamental percussion technique that can be applied to any setting. We accept and place students based on technique, musicality, ability to quickly make adjustments in individual and group settings, overall attitude, and preparation.
These auditions are meant to assess your technique and level of skill so we can best utilize your talents in order to field the strongest section possible; no one will be turned away based on strength of audition.
Auditions are June 22, 2019, at 1:30 PM in the Fine Arts Building of Valdosta State University. A detailed schedule will be sent via email in the weeks leading up to the audition date.
Potential members should bring appropriate implements for the instrument on which they are planning to audition, i.e. marching snare sticks, tenor mallets, bass drum mallets, keyboard mallets. To an extent, we can help with implements if we are aware ahead of time.
If you are a high school student auditioning for snare or tenors, we politely request you bring your own drum and stadium stand because the number of those auditioning may exceed the number of instruments we have at VSU. Those auditioning for bass drum or front ensemble do not need to bring instruments. Please bring earplugs/hearing protection for all rehearsals.
If you have additional questions that are not answered in the audition packet, please contact:
Dr. Ryan M. SmithBlazin' Brigade Percussion CoordinatorAssistant Professor of Percussionryanmsmith@valdosta.edu
Dr. Benjamin HarperDirector of Bandsbgharper@valdosta.edu