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UCM DrumlineApplication and admission to UCM is the first step in pursuing a music degree.  Scholarships may not be offered to students unless the student has been admitted by the university.  UCM Red & Black Scholarships require that students apply before December 1.


Admission to Music Degrees
Scholarship/Admissions Auditions
Drumline Auditions
Music Degree Programs
General Ensemble Auditions




All students interested in pursuing a music degree (music major or minor) must Audition for admission, and take the Music Fundamentals Examination.



Students normally perform one audition, which determines: 


Percussion auditions are held in February, preferably on Scholarship Audition Day (Saturday before President’s Day each spring).  Annual dates, locations, and audition scheduling forms are posted on the UCM Music Scholarship page www.UCMmusic.com.  To schedule an audition, please visit:


Everything listed below, except the Music Fundamentals Exam, must be completed in a 12 minute audition.  Please edit longer selections accordingly.  All percussion instruments will be provided (students should bring their own sticks, mallets, and music).  Typical percussion literature for scholarship and admissions auditions includes:


  • Solos performed at MSHSAA district/state events (or other state festivals)
  • Any etude from Percussion Audition Music, by Cort McClaren/Nathan Daughtrey, C. Alan Publications


Students auditioning for admission will also be asked to perform either:

        2 major scales selected by the audition panel from the following (C, F, Bb, EB, Ab, G, D, A, E) – must be memorized; or snare drum rudiments (Flam Paradiddle; 9-stroke roll).  Students choose category.

Every student will be required to sight read a brief excerpt in their area of choice from the following (snare drum or keyboard).

 The Music Fundamentals Exam will be given before or after the audition, depending on the student’s schedule.  Information regarding the contents and expectations of the Music Fundamentals Exam may be found on the music site: www.UCMmusic.com  [Prospective Student ResourcesMusic Fundamentals Exam].

Students will be notified, in writing, of any scholarship offer and their admissions level (if pursuing a music degree).  Students will be notified of their admissions status as soon as possible following the audition/exam.  Scholarship offers are sent after March 8th each spring.

Drumline and other Ensemble Auditions are detailed on the Percussion web site listed below and on the Bands web site www.UCMbands.com Drumline page:


Drumline Auditions

The Marching Mules field a complete Drumline that includes an extensive Frontline ensemble.  read more...

Music Degree Programs

The Department of Music offers several undergraduate degree programs as well as the Master of Arts degree.

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             Percussion Performance (classical music)

             Jazz-Commercial Music

             Music Technology


General Ensemble Auditions


Please see the ensemble auditions information on our UCM Bands web site.  Orchestra auditions take place in the early fall (first week of classes) each academic year.  Materials are available in the Music Office.

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