Percussion Audition Requirements


All students wishing to major in music with a percussion emphasis or to perform with the UNCP Percussion Ensemble must audition. Suggested repertoire is as follows:

Snare Drum:

1 rudimental solo - Hurley, Pratt, etc.
1 concert solo or etude - Cirone, Delecluse, Lepak, Firth, etc.
Play a concert style roll which crescendos from piano to fortissimo, and decrescendos back to piano over one minute.


1 two mallet solo or etude - ragtime solos, all state etudes, etc.
1 four mallet solo (not required, but highly recommended)
Major scales and arpeggios - 3 octaves 


1 solo or etude - Firth, Goodman, Hinger, Beck, etc.
Tuning and pitch matching will be tested.

Drum set and world percussion are not required for the audition.

Keyboard and/or snare drum sight reading will be required of all who audition.

If you have any questions or concerns about your repertoire please contact Dr. Van Hassel.



Students in either of the BA degrees may choose drumset as their prinicpal instrument. There will be sightreading of both drumset charts and snare drum music on the audition.


Demonstrate the following styles with a “play along” CD music track

1) 12 Bar Blues Shuffle (w/ backbeat on 2 & 4)
2) 12 Bar Blues Jazz/Swing Time, Medium Tempo (“Freddie the Freeloader”)
3) Bossa Nova.  High Hat, then Ride Cymbal, High Hat on 2 & 4.
 (“Girl from Ipanema”, “Blue Bossa”)
4) Funk/R&B Groove (“Cold Sweat”, James Brown)
5) Afro Cuban Mambo (“Mambo Inn”)
6) 6/8 Afro Cuban Bembe (“Footprints”)


1) 3 Bars of Funk Groove, 1 Bar Fill
2) Paradiddle, Double Paradiddle, Paradiddle-Diddle
3) 5, 6, 9 stroke rolls


1) Read example IB, IIA from New Breed by Gary Chester
a) on snare drum only
b) with Bass Drum, over 8ths on the high hat

2) Read Syncopation Solo #1 from Ted Reed with swing 8ths over Jazz Ride, High Hat on 2 & 4


Audition Dates

November 14, 2015

January 13, 2016

March 19, 2016

April 23, 2016

Other dates can be arranged with Dr. Van Hassel if you cannot make the scheduled dates!

Please apply for admission to the University before coming to audition for the music faculty.