Auditions for the 2017-2018 Academic Year

UPDATE - APRIL 29:  I am very sorry to be slow with updates here.  I have received many videos but will begin screening them this weekend.  I had a family funeral last week up in Michigan and was gone all this week.  It is STILL not too late to send in a first round audition!!!!  We will accept them all the way until auditions are over May 13.  But you must be in attendance to at least one audition days outlined below.  I will create a new drumline audition page with current information at the end of this weekend.  Keep practicing!!!!!


UPDATE:  It is NOT too late to submit audition videos!!!!  The March “deadline” was to get a start on the process - if you are just reading this or late getting videos in, there is no penalty for a submission in April.  Please email Wayne Bovenschen if you have any questions!

Marching Band Only:

In this modern era of technology, most percussionists wanting to gain membership in the OSU Drumline do their first audition via YouTube.  All that is necessary is a video of you playing the requested exercises described below.  Percussion students wishing to present a live first-round audition for the should contact Wayne Bovenschen via email or call (405) 744-8983 to reserve an audition time.

This first audition will consist of exercises on ONE (or more) of the following instruments:

  1. Bulletsnare drum (traditional grip) - Snare Exercises

  2. Bullettenors - Tenor Exercises

  3. Bulletbass drum (play exercises on your drum of choice) - Bass Exercises

  4. Bulletcymbals (a moderately easy matched grip snare solo will suffice for 1st round) - Cymbal Ex. (you do not need to play cymbals exercises for the 1st round videos)

To be included on the video:

  1. BulletStick Control @120

  2. BulletDerp Diddles @156

  3. BulletSeivac @120

  4. BulletBluelight Special @152

  5. BulletMartian Mambo @128 (you must email Wayne Bovenschen to get an email copy)

YouTube videos to help with audition material:

First round auditions will be heard throughout the months of March and April.

Results from the first round of auditions will be posted online with final audition material in early April. The final audition for the 2017 OSU Marching Percussion Ensemble for those who pass the first round will occur on Saturdays, May 6 and May 13, 2017 from 9:00am to 4:00pm . Size of the line will vary dependent upon the talent level of those auditioning. The most likely instrumentation is:

  1. BulletSnares: 9

  2. BulletTenors: 5-6

  3. BulletBasses: 7

  4. BulletCymbals: 6

NOTICE:  Beginning in 2016, there will be no front ensemble in the OSU Marching Band.  There are plans to involve mallet percussionists in the fall of 2017 through a separate class.  More information will be forthcoming in the near future.


Music Majors (and non-majors wanting to apply for studio membership):

The audition process for the 2017-2018 academic year has CHANGED!  Please visit the OSU Music Audition page for all of the latest information.  Applications are online  If you need any further information OR you need to request an alternate date for auditions, please email Wayne Bovenschen or call (405) 744-8983 to request and alternate date. I We are trying to complete all auditions by the end of February, 2017. All students should plan to perform solos on the following instruments:

  1. BulletConcert Snare

  2. BulletEXAMPLES: an etude from The Solo Snare Drummer by Vic Firth, Portraits in Rhythm by Anthony Cirone or Twelve Studies for Snare Drum by Jacques Delecluse.

  3. BulletRudimental Snare

  4. BulletEXAMPLES: any solo by Marty Hurley, Mitch Markovitch, Art Cappio, Charley Wilcoxon or John Pratt; The Rudimental Cookbook (Ed Freytag).

  5. BulletKeyboards (two and/or four mallets)

  6. BulletEXAMPLES: Yellow After the Rain (Mitchell Peters), Spanish Dance (Kai Stensgaard), Two Mexican Dances (Gordon Stout), Three Preludes (Ney Rosauro), Furioso and Valse in D Minor (2 mallets) (Earl Hatch), any ragtime solo by George Hamilton Green (2 mallets).

  7. BulletTimpani

  8. BulletEXAMPLES: Sonata for Timpani (John Beck), Raga No. 1 (William Cahn), Eight Solos for 4 Timpani (Elliott Carter) or etudes from Twenty Studies for Timpani by Jacques Delecluse, The Solo Timpanist by Vic Firth or Musical Studies for the Intermediate Timpanist by Garwood Whaley.

Of course, all state audition material can be used if you desire, but we do encourage all auditionees to try to learn something new on keyboard. There are MANY other solos that can be used - the above are just common suggestions for students to consider.

In addition, knowledge of rudiments, scales, and timpani tuning is helpful. Sight reading on snare and keyboard will also be given. Any student who has a conflict on the audition date, or would like more information for the 2016-2017 academic year should contact Wayne Bovenschen via email or call (405) 744-8983 for additional information.