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2023 Percussion Membership Information

Thank you for your interest in the Redcoat Band Drumline. The 2023 audition will be a two-step process: video submission and in-person audition. Below, please find sequential audition instructions, schedules, repertoire, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Step One - Application and Fee:

1. Complete the audition form at (new & returning member applicants)

2. Pay the audition fee at (new & returning member applicants)

Step Two - Video Audition Submission:

  • A video audition submission is REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW APPLICANTS and any returning member auditioning for a new instrument.

  • Returning members that intend to stay on their same instrument are EXEMPT from having to submit a video.

  • The purpose of this video submission is merely for an initial screening of your skill set. After screening the submissions, staff will contact each applicant via phone to provide individual guidance on the in-person audition preparation.

  • The deadline for video audition submissions is 11:59 p.m., Sunday, March 26th.

  • Audition fees must be paid in order to be reviewed.

  • Click here for video audition performance requirements and submission information.

Step Three - Full Percussion Auditions:

  • Full percussion auditions will be held on Saturday, April 29th. Attendance at this audition is MANDATORY for all new and returning member applicants.

  • The 2023 edition of the UGA Drumline will be determined by the conclusion of this audition process.

  • Click here for details, schedules, and information pertaining specifically to the April 29th full percussion audition.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are scholarships awarded?

When you audition, you are also auditioning for scholarship consideration. Scholarships are awarded to students who display the performance ability, musicianship, and character we seek in the band’s musical leaders. Scholarships for percussionists are typically offered shortly after membership.

May I be in the Redcoat Band if I am offered Spring Semester admission or denied admission to UGA?

Current enrollment at UGA is a requirement for Redcoat Band membership. If offered spring admission, you would need to apply and audition in the spring prior to the first Fall Semester at UGA. If you are not accepted to UGA, we encourage you to reapply and audition if you transfer to UGA.

Does an offer of band membership improve my chance of UGA admission?

No. While your participation in high school ensembles may be helpful, an o!er of band membership (which is contingent upon UGA acceptance and enrollment) does not have an effect. The Undergraduate Admissions website includes resources about the admissions process.

Are there opportunities for non-musicians?

Yes. The Redcoat Band is a recognized UGA student organization and seeks to be inclusive in its service to the student body. There are also limited positions available for non-performers on the properties crew. The Redcoat properties crew is a crucial component to the band that handles logistics and equipment for rehearsals and performances. Contact our office ASAP if you are interested.

Other Questions

Email or call us (email is best) via the contact information below.  Be ready to give us as much information as possible so we can answer your question thoroughly. We look forward to the 2023 edition of the UGA Redcoat Band Drumline and to meeting each of you! Best of luck and, of course, Go Dawgs!

General Redcoat Band questions: 

Questions for the Percussion Coordinator: 
Dr. John M. Cypert 

Questions for a director:
Dr. Brett Bawcum  

2023 Batterie Audition Materials

Potential members auditioning for Snare Drum, Quad Drums, and Bass Drums should familiarize themselves with the following exercises in this packet:

  • 16-8
  • Bb Accent Tap – Single Hand
  • Crispy Critters
  • Triplet Diddle
  • Triplet Fives
  • 16th Timing
  • Double-Triple
  • Triplet Accent with Check
  • Triplet Accent without Check
  • Sixteenth Accent with Check
  • Sixteenth Accent without Check
  • Accents on Triplets
  • Twenty-one Twelve – 16th Variations
  • Twenty-one Twelve – Triplet Variations

Potential members auditioning for Field Cymbals should familiarize themselves with:

2023 Front Ensemble Audition Materials

Potential members auditioning for the Front Ensemble should prepare and memorize the following exercises and etudes in this packet:

  • Blocks
  • Red Scales

Potential members should expect to perform these exercises (from memory) both individually and within a group setting. During preparation, pay attention to the marked tempo ranges but remember speed is only one consideration in the evaluation. It is important to note that the front ensemble utilizes the Lee Howard Stevens’ four-mallet grip only. There will be no two-mallet portion to the audition. All exercises and etudes will be performed while holding four mallets.

In addition to preparing the preceding exercises, potential members should also prepare a one-to-three minute keyboard solo (marimba, vibraphone, and/or piano) that best displays one’s skill set. Excerpts from indoor, drum corps, or marching band shows are also acceptable. For the audition, all mallets and instruments will be provided. Potential members are welcome, however, to bring their own mallets if they prefer.

Remember, additional materials may be handed out and utilized during the audition process. Portions of the audition could require potential members to demonstrate advanced skills and/or understand concepts of basic music theory. Potential members’ playing will be evaluated both individually and within an ensemble setting.


2023 UGA Percussion Complete Audition Materials