Spirit Requirements for Percussion

Percussion Auditions 2021-22

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.


To receive the required selections, contact the band office at BearcatBands@ucmail.uc.edu.

  • 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.

Audition Submission Process

All prospective members are required to submit videos in one take each of their performances of the requirements. Email 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 or to request copies of the required selections. Videos will be accepted until all spots are filled or June 4, 2021, whichever is first. If you are receiving this information after June 4, 2021 or have extenuating circumstances that prohibit sending videos, please email Mr. Nicholas Angelis for assistance. We look forward to hearing from you!

Summer Camps

Summer Camps for Percussion
Date Title Location Time
June 5, 2021 Percussion Prospective Member Orientation Rockwern Band Center on UC Main Campus All day
July 7-9, 2021 Percussion Assessment and Placement for All New and Returning Members Same All day
August 10, 2021 Percussion Preseason Camp begins Same All day