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Panther Marching Band Audition Info

Guard Audition Information

Auditions for the 2018 Color Guard Auditions have taken place.  Auditions for the 2019 Color Guard will occur in April 2019. Check back later this fall for the specific date. 

Sample Schedule:Guard

9 a.m. - Registration at Doudna Fine Arts Building

9:30 a.m. - Informational Meeting/Fundamentals

11:45 a.m. - Lunch/Individual Practice

1 p.m. - Learn Routine

3 p.m. - Group Auditions

4:30 p.m. - Warp-Up

All candidates are asked to wear appropriate attire to the auditions - tennis shoes, athletic clothing, water bottle, etc.

Twirlers - At this time our twirler position for 2018 has been filled. Contact Dr. Druffel if you are interested in being our twirler in the future.

Let Us Know You Are Coming!

Check back in January of 2019 for audition registration. 

Questions? Can't make the audition date? Contact Dr. Benjamin Druffel at


DrumLine Auditions

On Campus Auditions for the 2018 Season have taken place. We still have openings for cymbal players. Contact Dr. Druffel for more information. 


Sample Schedule:

1 p.m. - Meet and Greet

1:15 p.m. - Full Group Warm-up / Fundamentals

2:30 p.m. - Break

2:45 p.m. - Individual Auditions

4 p.m. - Wrap-Up

Most events will take place in room 1550 of the Doudna Fine Arts Center on the EIU campus:

Audition Materials and Instructions:

Click on the titles to download the music.

Individuals auditioning for Snare should prepare:

Individuals auditioning for Quads should prepare:

Individuals auditioning for Bass should prepare two different lines of their choosing on the following:

There will also be some sight reading. All exercises should be played while marking time.

Contact Mr. Ben Damann, PMB Drumline Instructor, if you have any questions about the audition materials or audition procedure.

You can also ask questions and get in touch with new and returning members of the drumline on the Auditions Facebook Page.

Finally, the Panther Marching Band does not utilize a front ensemble, but do not let that discourage you from auditioning. We have had plenty of pit players pick up drumline battery very quickly!

Let Us Know You Are Coming!

Please register HERE, if you plan on attending. 


Wind Part Placement Hearings

There are no auditions required for membership in the wind sections of the Panther Marching Band. However, we do require a part placement hearing which takes place during Pre-Season Camp. This allows us to hear all prospective members and allows us to assign parts for pre-game and the half-time shows. It also allows for you to meet our staff and ask any questions you may have about the Panther Marching Band.

What to prepare:

  1. Two major scales of your choice, preferably two octaves
  2. A chromatic scale which demonstrates your range on your instrument
  3. Eastern State March (EIU fight song). Instructions for how to get this music will come to you sometime in July.

If you have questions about any auditions, please read our FAQs or email Dr. Benjamin Druffel at for more information.

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