UToledo Band Program

Rocket Drumline

Welcome to the University of Toledo Rocket Drumline Website!                                                                  


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This is the official website for the University of Toledo Rocket Drumline. On this page you will find information concerning auditions, clinics, and performances. Please check back often for new and updated information.

The UToledo Drumline has a rich history of tradition within the Rocket Marching Band and continues to push the boundaries of marching percussion and performance. The group performs at all home football games as well as events on campus and around the Toledo area. You can follow us on social media at Facebook

We would also like to thank our sponsors Vic Firth Drumsticks, Mapex Drums, Remo Drumheads, and Zildjian Cymbals for their continued support and standard of excellence when it comes to providing us with the best equipment in the world.

Thanks for stopping by and happy drumming!!!


2020 AUDITION INFORMATION

Thank you for your interest in the Toledo Rocket Drumline! This group depends on high quality individuals like you joining our ranks. We are excited to have you be a part of the line!

Initial auditions for the 2020 season will be completed via online video submission. Auditionees will hear back by email if they have earned a call-back. If there is a conflict with the any of the dates, please communicate this immediately so that we can work out a solution. Audition dates are for new members and veteran members.

How to Audition

Step 1 - Register

If you are planning on auditioning for the drumline, register by emailing Anthony Leithauser, Instructor of the UT Drumline, at toledodrumline@gmail.com as soon as you can. You will receive an email reply within a few days containing all of the audition materials. Please include the following in your email:

  • Full Name
  • Email address that will be active throughout the year
  • First choice of instrument
  • Second choice of instrument
  • Detailed experience qualifications
  • Any questions you may have

Step 2 - Practice

Learn and practice the exercises and music required for the auditions. Use a metronome and start slow. Prioritize rhythmic accuracy, staying in time with the metronome, quality of sound, and proper dynamic levels. If you are unsure about something, email questions to the UT Drumline Instructor to make sure you are not learning parts incorrectly.


Step 3 - Record

We prefer to see you playing on an actual instrument, but if none are available to you, a practice pad would be acceptable. If you live close to campus, contact the UT Drumline Instructor to see if something can be arranged.

The video should clearly show your hands and instrument, of course, but please make sure to also have your face and feet visible. We will be watching for proper marking time while playing. Your metronome should be audible to you and the camera recording the video, and you may read from music while you play. Remember, this is your chance to show off what you can do!

Keep recording everything you play because you can go back and edit later. The best strategy is to record many reps of each item and then select the best reps to submit. Your video does not have to be done in a single take.

If you wish to audition on multiple instruments, please submit a video for each one.


Step 4 - Upload

Videos must be uploaded to YouTube. Set the privacy to "unlisted" in the video settings while uploading. YouTube's tools allow you to cut, edit, and splice video clips together. We prefer to receive a single video link containing all of your best reps.


Step 5 - Double Check

Watch your own completed video. Make sure that it satisfies the requirements, that you are clearly visible, that the metronome is audible, that you are marking time, that you have played all of the right parts, and that the recording quality is good.


Step 6 - Submit

Use the audition form to submit your video. Make sure you have the right YouTube link. Fill out the form again for other instrument auditions. If you have a problem, please email the UT Drumline Instructor.


Some Tips
  • Use good lighting. Put the camera between you and the light source so that you are illuminated in the frame.
  • Use good sticks. Poor quality or broken sticks will affect your sound quality and hand-to-hand consistency.
  • Don't use your recording device as your metronome. It will be difficult to get the sound to balance properly if you use your phone as your camera and metronome, for example. A separate speaker would be better.
  • You can use your phone, your computer, or YouTube's free tools to cut and paste your video segments together.

Audition #1 - Video Submission

The first video audition will be due by May 16. Assignments are as follows.

Snare Drum
 
Toledo Eights
  • All variations
  • 120 bpm
  • Start with stock variation at forte
  • Crescendo/decrescendo variations go between forte and piano
  • Use forte for accent heights and piano for tap heights
  • Play the 8/16 Rolls variation at forte
  • One measure rest between variations
UTCTRL
  • Use written dynamics
  • 92 bpm
  • Measure 9 accents at fortissimo
Grids
  • All variations
  • 16th notes at 100 bpm
  • Triplets at 120 bpm
  • Each pattern can end with a release note and restart the next check pattern after a few counts or go right into the next check pattern (either way is fine)
  • Play timing grids at forte
  • Play accent grids with piano taps and forte accents
  • Play drag grids at piano
Diddley Squat
  • Use written dynamics
  • 140 bpm
  • Strict stick height interpretation

Tenors/Quads
 
Toledo Eights
  • All variations
  • 120 bpm
  • Start with stock variation at forte
  • Crescendo/decrescendo variations go between forte and piano
  • Use forte for accent heights and piano for tap heights
  • Play the 8/16 Rolls variation at forte
  • One measure rest between variations
  • Play each voicing pattern on the stock variation and crescendo/decrescendo variations
  • Use drum 2 for all other variations
UTCTRL
  • Use written dynamics and voicing
  • 92 bpm
  • Measure 9 accents at fortissimo
Grids
  • All variations
  • 16th notes at 100 bpm
  • Triplets at 120 bpm
  • Each pattern can end with a release note and restart the next check pattern after a few counts or go right into the next check pattern (either way is fine)
  • Play timing grids at forte
  • Play accent grids with piano taps and forte accents
  • Play drag grids at piano
  • Play all on drum 2
Diddley Squat
  • Use written dynamics and voicing
  • 140 bpm
  • Strict stick height interpretation

Bass Drum
 
Toledo Eights
  • All variations
  • 120 bpm
  • Start with stock variation at forte
  • Crescendo/decrescendo variations go between forte and piano
  • Use forte for accent heights and piano for tap heights
  • Play the 8/16 Rolls variation at forte
  • One measure rest between variations
  • Play through the split part using the bass #2 line with ones/twos/threes/fours on the stock variation
  • Play the unison part for all other variations
UTCTRL
  • Use written dynamics
  • 92 bpm
  • X means rim click
  • Play the split using the bass #2 line
Grids
  • All variations
  • 16th notes at 100 bpm
  • Triplets at 120 bpm
  • Each pattern can end with a release note and restart the next check pattern after a few counts or go right into the next check pattern (either way is fine)
  • Play timing grids at forte
  • Play accent grids with piano taps and forte accents
  • Play drag grids at piano
  • Play all as a unison part
Diddley Squat
  • Use written dynamics
  • 140 bpm
  • Strict stick height interpretation
  • Play bass #2 line

Cymbals
 
Toledo Eights
  • 120 bpm
  • Forte dynamic level
  • Play pattern 1 with crashes/crash chokes/punches/flips
  • Play pattern 2 with a note on beat 1 of the first measure and move the note over one eighth note every measure using the high-hat sound
UTCTRL
  • Use written dynamics
  • 92 bpm
  • Play the ALL and cymbal 1 parts
  • X means high-hat
  • Z means sizzle or slide
Diddley Squat
  • Use written dynamics
  • 92 bpm
  • Play all as unison
  • Rest during measure 15
  • Rest during beats 3 and 4 of measure 16

Audition #2 - Video Submission

The second video assignment will be due June 13. If you missed the first one, no worries! Just submit the previous video as soon as you can. Assignments for the second video are as follows.

Snare Drum
 
UTAT (2020 version)
  • Use written dynamics
  • 120-160 bpm (use a comfortable tempo)
  • Those are stick clicks in measure 16
  • Use a legato, floated approach
  • Don't worry about the marking time variations
Matrices
  • 16th notes
  • One accent / One drag
  • 100 bpm
  • Play with piano taps and forte accents
Jiblets (2020 version)
  • Use written dynamics
  • 120-160 bpm (use a comfortable tempo)
  • Play the page straight through
  • Play a stick click on beat 3 between sections

Tenors/Quads
 
UTAT (2020 version)
  • Use written dynamics
  • 120-160 bpm (use a comfortable tempo)
  • Those are stick clicks in measure 16
  • Use a legato, floated approach
  • Don't worry about the marking time variations
Matrices
  • 16th notes
  • One accent / One drag
  • 100 bpm
  • Play with piano taps and forte accents
  • Play all on one drum
Jiblets (2020 version)
  • Use written dynamics
  • 120-160 bpm (use a comfortable tempo)
  • Play the page straight through
  • Play a stick click on beat 3 between sections

Bass Drum
 
UTAT (2020 version)
  • Use written dynamics
  • 120-160 bpm (use a comfortable tempo)
  • Middle line slash is unison note
  • Middle line x is unison rim click
  • Play the top bass line in the splits
  • Don't worry about the marking time variations
Matrices
  • 16th notes
  • One accent / One drag
  • 100 bpm
  • Play with piano taps and forte accents
Jiblets (2020 version)
  • Use written dynamics
  • 120-160 bpm (use a comfortable tempo)
  • Play the page straight through
  • Middle line slash is unison note
  • Middle line x is unison rim click
  • Play the top bass line in the splits

Cymbals
 
UTAT (2020 version)
  • Use written dynamics
  • 120-160 bpm (use a comfortable tempo)
  • Follow the cymbal key for notation
  • Play the ALL and cymbal 1 parts
  • Don't worry about the marking time variations
Jiblets (2020 version)
  • Use written dynamics
  • 120-160 bpm (use a comfortable tempo)
  • Play the page straight through
  • Follow the cymbal key for notation
  • Play the ALL and cymbal 1 parts

Audition #3 - On-Campus

Final call-back auditions are currently scheduled for Saturday, July 11, 10am-6pm, in the UToledo Center for the Performing Arts on UToledo's Main Campus. Due to the coronavirus situation, this date could become another video submission. Watch this space for updates.

Drumline Camp

Individuals who earn a spot in the 2020 UT Rocket Drumline will attend Drumline Camp from August 3 through August 7, followed immediately by RMB Camp.


FREE DRUMLINE CLINICS


Come be a part of our 2021 Free Drumline Clinics!! Clinics take during the 2021 Spring Semester. Contact Mr. Leithauser at toledodrumline@gmail.com if you are interested in participating! 

The purpose of these free events is to provide high school and college percussionists the opportunity to learn techniques and to develop their skills in a traditional drumline setting. These clinics are an excellent development opportunity for students planning to audition for college drumlines this spring, summer, or fall. Participants will drum alongside members of the UToledo Rocket Marching Band Drumline, and receive instruction from the UT Drumline Instructor, Anthony Leithauser.

Who Should Attend?

These events are for High School and College Students.

Cost

These events are free.  However, we do ask that you contact Mr. Leithauser at toledodrumline@gmail.com with your intent to participate and for further information.

Location

The UT Accent on Drumline is held at the Center for Performing Arts on the UToledo Main Campus (1910 W. Rocket Drive, Toledo, OH, 43606).

Last Updated: 6/6/20