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If you are interested in auditioning for the 2014 ECU Marching Pirates Drumline, please fill out the Drumline Interest Form, and contact the band office by filling out the Preseason Camp Information Form.
The ECU Drumline is an exciting, high-energy group of individuals that love to WORK HARD, and have fun while doing so. The 2014 season for the ECU Marching Pirates Drumline proves to be the strongest group yet... if you want to be a part of this force, here's what you need to do!


There are several files located on the Music page. Prospective members should download and print these, and begin working. The "Technique Packet" is there for your own personal growth as a Percussionist, but you will not be required to have it memorized. However, individual sectional rehearsals during the season will have time dedicated to these etudes in order to enhance technique of each section.
The material required for the audition will be the BIG 4: "Murphy" - a legato stroke, double-beat exercise; "Hurkey & Tam" - a staccato stroke, Accent/Tap exercise; "Finger Pains" - a true dexterity workout, with some timing sprinkled on top; and "Jojo 2012" - a tasty two-minute paradiddle ramma jamma. The fight song "E.C. Victory" will also be used as an audition piece.
Audition Process
There are two sets of auditions: The ECU Marching Pirates Drumline "Day of Drumming," and the first couple days of Preseason Training Camp. There is quite a lot of material to be learned, so you will not be required to have all of the material memorized for "Day of Drumming"... but it will only help you! The material WILL be required to be memorized by the beginning of Preseason Training Camp.
Day of Drumming - May 3, 2014
The ECU Marching Pirates Drumline would like to invite you to "Day of Drumming," on May 3, 2014. The event will be held on College Hill Field, from 10am to 5pm, Check-in at A.J. Fletcher Music Center from 9:30am to 10:00am. The “Day of Drumming” serves as an educational clinic, as well as a preliminary audition for the ECU Marching Pirates Drumline 2014 (ECUDL14).
We will spend the majority of the time in sectionals, drumming through exercises, and will have some ensemble time at the end of the day. During sectionals, individuals may be asked to move around on instruments, according to where they may be a better fit within the full ensemble. Select individuals may also be asked to have a private audition.

"Day of Drumming" is not a required event, but is only meant to help set you up for success within the ECU Marching Pirates Drumline, as well as give you an opportunity to meet many of the returning members and incoming prospective members.

What to Bring

There are several things that the entire band will need for camp, but some that are specifically required for the Drumline. In addition to the supplies required for the full band, please be sure to have the following items on the first day of camp:
  • Three-ring binder with all audition material in protective plastic sleeves
  • Additional plastic sleeves for music you will receive at camp
  • Pencils
  • Practice pad
  • Water bottle
  • EAR PLUGS!!!
  • Sticks and/or mallets
  • Metronome (not mandatory, but strongly encouraged)
If you have any other questions, feel free to email!
Nick Nichols
ECU Marching Pirates Drumline Instructor