Spirit Requirements for Percussion

Percussion Auditions 2022-23

Every prospective member must audition for placement purposes. Information that follows is specific to the Spirit Band (Marching & Basketball). If you are interested in joining a Concert or Jazz Band, our Beginning Band for those that would like to learn to play, or to learn about other opportunities in the band program, email BearcatBands@ucmail.uc.edu or call 513-556-BAND to tell us about your interests and to introduce yourself.

Audition Requirements

  • BOTH Battery AND Front Ensemble
    • Single, Double, Triple Exercise 
    • Check Patterns 1-4 @ 100 BPM
    • 16th note Moving Accent Exercise @ 120 BPM
    • 8th note Triplet Check @ 120 BPM
    • You may submit a solo if you wish
    • Send all of the above as entry #1.
  • Battery ONLY - march to everything
    • Single, Double, Triple Exercise
    • Moving Accent (Triplet and 16th) Exercise
    • Triplet Roll exercise @ 140, 144, & 156 BPM (Only for Snares and Tenors)
    • Flam Jam Exercise @ 124-132 BPM
    • Down the Steps
    • Paw
    • Send all of the above as entry #2.
  • Front Ensemble ONLY
    • Check Patterns 1-4 @ 100 BPM
    • Scales & Arpeggios @ 120 BPM (All Major Keys)
    • Octave Scales @ 88 BPM (C Major, F Major, Bb Major, Eb Major, Ab Major, & Db Major)
    • Green Scales @ 80, 110, & 150 BPM (C Major, D Major, E Major, & F# Major)
    • Bearcat Jam (4-mallet) @ 106 BPM (C Major)
    • Send all of the above as entry #2.

Link to the Percussion Packet: CLICK HERE

Audition Submission Process

All prospective members are required to submit videos in one take for each of their performances of the requirements. In one email, send a shareable link (cloud-based such as YouTube, Dropbox, or Google Drive) to BearcatBands@ucmail.uc.edu. Contact the Band Office at 513-556-BAND or at BearcatBands@ucmail.uc.edu with questions. Videos will be accepted until all spots are filled or June 27, 2022, whichever is first. If you are receiving this information after this date or have extenuating circumstances that prohibit sending videos, please email for assistance. We look forward to hearing from you!

In addition to submitting the requirements as a video, they will also be utilized at camp.

Summer Camps

Summer Camps for Percussion
Date Title Location Time Housing & Meals
June 27, 2022

Virtual Masterclass & "Meet and Greet"

• Fundamentals
• Tips for memorization of music
• Exercises

Zoom 6:00-8:00 PM n/a
July 6-8, 2022 Percussion Placement for All New and Returning Members Rockwern Band Center on the UC Main Campus and adjacent athletic fields

Wednesday & Thursday

• Block 1: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

• Block 2: 1:30-5:00 PM

• Block 3: 6:30-8:30 PM



• Block 1: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

• Block 2: 1:30-5:00 PM

• Cookout: 5:30-7:00 PM

Housing on your own; meals on your own except for the cookout
Tuesday, August 9, 2022 Percussion Preseason Camp begins Same All day More information will be released in July