Drum Major Auditions
Taft Raider Band 2021 Drum Major Auditions
Hello, and thank you for your interest in applying to be a Taft HS Drum Major for the 2021-2022 school year. The position of drum major is seen as being the most prestigious student leadership in the band. These students represent the band program, their school, and their staff at ALL times- both on and off the field. Training sessions and Auditions will be held April 12-16 in person at the Taft HS Band Hall from 7:30-8:30 AM. Auditions themselves will occur on both before school and after school on Friday, April 16. Results will be announced at the conclusion of all auditions on the 16th.
Your audition will consist of the following:
Complete the "Intent to Audition" form here due by April 8th at 12 PM (Noon). No late entries will be accepted.
Completed the drum major binder which includes the leaders contract, application essay questions, and handbook delivered to the directors no later than 12:00 PM (NOON) on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14th.
Attendance with a parent at the mandatory drum major audition info meeting on APRIL 12th at 7:30 PM at the Taft HS Band Hall.
Submission of teacher evaluations via google docs from all of your non-band teachers, completed by teachers no later than APRIL 15th.
Conducting 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 patterns and prepared music.
Attendance at all of the Drum Major Training sessions, which will be from 7:30-8:30 AM April 12-16 in person at the Taft Band Hall.
Formal interview with the band staff.
Please see the following resources to be completed and turned in prior to their assigned due date:
See the following conducting training videos created to help teach you the fundamentals of conducting:
Part I - The Stance
Part II - The Table and Frame
Part III - Conducting Basic Time Signatures
Part VI - Dynamics
Part VII - Cueing
Part VIII - Conducting at Slow and Fast Tempos
Part IX - Cut-offs
Part X - Facial/Body Expression and Emotion