C.R.E.A.M. Percussion is pleased to announce auditions for the 2012 season. This is our TENTH YEAR ANNIVERSARY. Positions are very limited but open in all sections. We invite all area percussionist to try out for this prestigious drumline
Auditions will be held Sunday January 8th at Maynard Jackson High School at 2pm
The address is:
Maynard Jackson High School
801 Glenwood Ave. SW
Atlanta, GA 30312
You must sign up to audition. Click the link below to sign up
UPDATE!!! January 2, 2012
The following slots are still available
|A- Squad||Snare 4/10|
|B- Squad||All Positions|
|C- Squad||Auditions Pending|
The focus of this audition phase will be on your individual skill. You will audition individually for the staff.
Auditions may consist of some or all of the following:
- Demonstrating your ability to play the audition music on the instrument of your choice (see attached music below)
- Demonstration of basic rudiments played open to close
- Demonstrate your ability to sight read music
- Playing a prepared selection of your choosing
- An Interview with the staff
The whole process should take no more then 8-10 minutes. Your parents are welcome to come in with you. Please be relaxed and casual. It will not be stressful at all. We will simply be evaluating where you will best fit on the line and to make sure you understand the commitment it takes to be a member of C.R.E.A.M. Percussion. After the individual audition you are free to leave.
2012 C.R.E.A.M. Line
There are two separate lines that you are eligible to join. We call them A Squad and B Squad. You will be placed according to your skill level and objectives. If you audition for one instrument but don’t quite make it then it’s possible that a slot on another section could be offered to you. Keep in mind that your main goal should be to get better so that perhaps mid-season or next year you may be able to move to your desired spot. As always your #1 goal is getting into the college of your choice and getting SCHOLARSHIPS. -SHORT TERM SACRIFICE LONG TERM GAIN-
- This is our main Competition line. In general the A-squad is for the more advanced percussionist that has been playing 2-4 years and has at least one year of a high school marching season behind them. It is not easy to get on this line as we look for the very best musicians. Your playing skill must be above average. C.R.E.A.M. A-Squad plays at grade levels 5-6 at a minimum. You must be able to sight read reasonably well. You must be able to learn music on your own at home. We do not teach at practice. We rehearse what you have already learned at home. You must be able to march with your instrument (we use harnesses) and learn routines quickly. WE PLAY COLLEGE LEVEL MUSIC WRITTEN BY COLLEGE INSTRUCTORS JUST FOR C.R.E.A.M.
- It is difficult to make the snare line your first year. If you play snare at your school it's possible you may find yourself on Tenor or Bass drum. A-squad snare parts ARE HARD and will challenge you. Most snare players do not make our line until their junior or senior year.... some never make it.
- Bass drums play split tonal parts. If you are only used to unison parts and can not read music on the same level as a snare then bass drum on A-squad will be difficult.
- Tenor drums play with drums sticks, not mallets. The parts are often the same as the snare parts and are at least just as difficult. There is no playing for 4 counts and spinning mallets for 16. YOU WILL PLAY!
- Cymbals play intricate parts. Twirling and free styling are not our primary goal. Again YOU WILL PLAY. There is little time for twirling and dancing during our show You should know how to read cymbal music!
- Quint and Sexes... I don't know where to begin. ... Be "Sickriculous"!
B-Squad is the best line for those that need another year or two to hone their skills. Many school percussion lines do not have dedicated instructors so you may not have been taught all of the skills you should have. After a year or two in B-squad you will be more then ready to enter the A-squad line. Most who make this line will basically have 1-2 years of playing with a marching line under their belt. You will likely be a high school freshmen or even a middle schooler. Most of our top notch players on A-squad started out on B-squad and worked their way up. This is the best line to introduce you to more difficult music, get your sight reading skills up and improve your marching skills. The B-squad plays grade level 3-4 music and often plays the same warm ups as A-squad. By the end of the C.R.E.A.M. season you will be playing some of A-squad music and in some cases our advanced players will play with A-squad for some engagements.
B-squad moves at a slightly slower pace then A-squad and adjust for those that need additional help. Music may be taught at times during rehearsal and base level techniques and improvement strategies are given.
The sectional requirements for B-Squad are similar to the above but perhaps a third less intense. Our goal is to challenge you and prepare your for A-squad and ultimately college.
C-squad are for those who are new to marching percussion but may have played in concert band or has had private lessons This is generally for kids in grade 3 through 6. The basics and fundamentals of drumming is taught in a fun yet educational way. Grade level music is at 2-3. Music theory is emphasized along with marching concepts, playing techniques and marching routines. C-squad will perform locally and on occasion with the upper squads.
C-squad will not begin until January of 2012. Please Email to be put on the list to be notified when it begins.
For each line (A and B) the following openings are available:
|10 Snares |
8 Bass Drums 6 Cymbals
|2 Marimbas |
|Misc Pit instruments|
Please keep in mind these basic requirements for joining C.R.E.A.M. for both A and B squad
- Must be at least in Middle school (6th grade) and no older than 21 to be considered for A or B Squad
- Must demonstrate proficiency in the instrument of your choice using basic and advanced rudiments.
- Mastery control of traditional grip style at various playing heights (2' to 14") and any stroke (single, double, and triple) using single and rebound techniques in perfect time
- Mastery of the flam rudiment
- Must demonstrate or learn the ability to march and play (straps B-squad, straps & harness A squad)
- Must be able to read a minimum of Grade 3-4 level music (B squad) and Grade 5-6 level music (A squad)
- Have the goal of attending (and marching) in College
- Agree to a two year commitment in the C.R.E.A.M. program
- Maintain a GPA of at least a B average
- Be in good and regular standing at home and school
- Cannot be involved in any other activity that consistently conflicts with C.R.E.A.M.
- Commit to two hours a month of volunteer work with a younger line
- Be able to practice once a week (normally Saturday or Sunday)
- Be able to attend the majority of scheduled performances
- Demonstrate strong self-discipline and be able to follow and adhere to procedure and all properly constituted authority.
- Be able to meet the financial obligations of being a member and contribute to fundraising events.
If you have any questions please feel free to email me at this dc@creampercussion. I will be happy to answer any concerns you may have
See you Sunday!!!!
Robert “DC” Connor
The Atlanta Youth Coalition &
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