Drumline Spring Training and Audition 2019
The University of Texas at El Paso Marching Miners Drumline will begin Spring Training April 11 for the Fall 2019 season. Associate Director of Bands, Dr. Andrew Hunter, Percussion Director, Dr. Andy P. Smith, and the Marching Miners, invite auditions from entering and returning UTEP students regardless of major field of study. Non-music majors as well as music majors are encouraged to audition.
The University of Texas at El Paso Drumline performs three to four half-time programs per season, and performs special events on and off campus throughout the year. The repertory includes our street-time, “Chile Verde,” and show music arranged by Dr. Smith (Crossmen, Star of Indiana), Dr. Brian Tinkel (Cavaliers, Carolina Crown, Star of Indiana), and for 2019, Benji Perez (Bel Air High School). UTEP Drumline emphasizes professionalism, musicianship, and performance technique and artistry transferable to total percussion performance and success as a music professional.
Spring Training Schedule
Thursday, April 11, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Friday, April 12, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
May 3, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
May 4, 9:00 AM–12:00 noon
Location: UTEP, Fox Fine Arts Band Room (M140)
Go to UTEP Percussion for materials and more information.
5–7 bass drums
Information and Contacts
Materials posted at:
UTEP Percussion Studies Facebook page: @uteppercussionstudies
PLEASE JOIN Facebook Group: 2019 UTEP Drumline Group
Mando Torres, Instructor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Andy P. Smith, Director of Percussion Studies, email@example.com
Dr. Andrew Hunter, Associate Director of Bands, firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook Group: 2019 UTEP Drumline
WHAT TO BRING
We will be working outdoors mostly, and sometimes be on the move coordinating feet and hands. Please dress appropriately and come prepared.
- Athletic clothing, and shoes (no sandals, flip-flops, etc.)
- Ball cap or other sun hat, and sunglasses
- Print and bring the exercise packet - in a blue 3-ring binder with page protectors
- Appropriate sticks and mallets for marching battery instruments
Snare Drums, Tenors, Bass drums
For Spring Training and Auditions, please bring an instrument and stand if possible.
Please bring a pad and sticks.
Come prepared, with a positive and open-minded attitude. Participation in the University of Texas at El Paso Drum Line assumes flexibility, awareness, attention to detail, and adaptability appropriate to a team setting.
The University of Texas at El Paso Drumline Approach incorporates musical language, percussion techniques, and professionalism transferable to total percussion performance. Specifics of technique, both global and segment specific, will be demonstrated and taught beginning April 11. In preparation, ensure sound fundamentals emphasizing an optimal wrist stroke, always practice with a metronome, and generally get your hands in shape.
From the Director
2019 promises to be a vigorous and inspiring year, building on the talented membership, successful writing team, and instructional philosophies established recently. With an experienced and cohesive instructional team, high-quality instruments from Ludwig drums, Pearl (Percussion Accessories), Evans Drumheads, Innovative Percussion, and Zildjian Cymbals, new repertory, and a new marching band director, Dr. Andrew Hunter, we anticipate a successful and rewarding season with your participation.
-Andy P. Smith, Dir. of Percussion Studies, UTEP
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Instructional and Arranging Staff
Dr. Andy P. Smith, Director of Percussion Studies (Crossmen, Star of Indiana), Music Arranging and Instruction
Mando Torres, Instructor () Mando will lead day to day rehearsals in collaboration with student leadership.
Additional Staff: Benji Perez (Instruction and Music Arranging); Eddie Ontiveros (Instruction)
Dr. Brian Tinkel (Cavaliers, Carolina Crown, Boston Crusaders, Star of Indiana), Music Arranging