Front Ensemble

Front Ensemble auditionees must show proficiency on keyboard percussion instruments, timpani, synthesizer, or electric bass. Auditions for an “accessory only” position will be handled on an individual basis. 

Keyboard and timpani auditionees need to purchase the book Up Front (available at Tapspace Publications). Please prepare exercises on pages 121 - Singles (all major keys, 2 mallets), page 122 - Sixteenth Note Scales #1 (all major keys, 2 mallets), page 126 - Yak-Scents (written key only, 2 mallets), and page 140 - Block Chord Accents (keys of C,F,G,D major, 4 mallets). Timpanists should also prepare page 161 - (Timpani Scales) and all of the variations on pages 162 through 165. 

Electric bass and synthesizer auditionees should contact Prof. Ancona for individual audition materials.

Suggested tempos:

Singles 96-120. Scales #1 96-120, Yak Scents 88-96, Block Chord Accents 92-112. 

A downloadable student edition of Up Front is also available. This has all the technique and exercises you will need. 

Pit auditionees must also prepare check patterns. Tempo 80-120. These can be found in the snare audition packet. 

Up Front should answer all technical questions for two mallets and four mallets as well as timpani technique.


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