Drum Major Audition Info

2020 Audition Material
Please follow this link to a score for piece called "The Witching Hour - Part 1, The Gathering".  It is the first 16 pages of the score.   Here is a link to a recording of the piece to listen to as you practice.  

Old Audition Material
The video below has a lot of good basics to think about when learning how to conduct as a drum major

YouTube Video


Conducting Tips: 

· When conducting your hands should mirror each other 

· When conducting in four it is sometimes helpful to think: 
1. Down 
2. In 
3. Out 
4. Up 

· To conduct in three simply leave out beat 2 think: 
1. Down 
2. Out 
3. Up 

· To conduct in two leave out beats 2 and 3, think: 
1. Down 
2. Up 

· When conducting in marching band clarity is key. You want everyone to be able to see what you are doing and be able to understand what you are doing. This is why in marching band we normally conduct using a larger and more simple pattern than we would use inside for a concert band.