Pit auditionees must show proficiency on keyboard percussion instruments or on timpani. If you are interested in just playing accessories or rack, you must still audition on keyboards or timpani. There are no "accessory only" positions. 

Pit 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. 

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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