Percussion requirements – Phase II live audition

All auditions will be performed live with a Canadian Armed Forces Regular Force Band


Candidate must prepare one solo piece from the list for each of the following instrument specialty areas: snare drum, mallets, and timpani.

Mandatory Selection No. 1 Perform one of the following works for snare drum:

  1. W. Schinstine  Ship-a-Hoey from ‘Adventures in Solo Drumming’
  2. M. Peters  Study No.6 from ‘Advanced Snare Drum Studies’: Study should be performed with concert (closed) interpretation

Mandatory Selection No. 2 Perform one of the following works for mallet percussion:

  1. J.S. Bach Partita No. 1 "Corrente" from '6 Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo'
  2. A.J. Cirone Final Study I from 'The Orchestral Mallet Player'

Mandatory Selection No. 3 Perform one of the following works for timpani:

  1. A. Lepak No. XXIIIfrom 'Thirty-Two Solos for Timpani': Perform on four timpani
  2. M. Peters No. 38 from 'Intermediate Timpani Studies': Perform on four timpani

Optional Selection(s): The candidate can perform solos on any percussion speciality instrument(s), or any other instruments (including vocals), in order to demonstrate a skill that hasn’t otherwise been highlighted in the mandatory prepared repertoire. Candidates will be given no longer than 5 minutes to perform the optional selections.



Snare Drum:

  1.   Perform a Buzz Roll starting at ppp to fff to ppp, over the span of approximately 30 seconds; and
  2.   Perform two phrases of ‘Central Band Patterns’, with repeats. This should be performed with rudimental (open) interpretation, played quarter note = 115.


  1.   Perform a roll on C from ppp to fff to ppp, over the span of approximately 30 seconds.


  1.  Diatonic Scales (All keys) – Major, Harmonic and Melodic Minor;
  2.  Chromatic Scale – Full practical range of the instrument; and
  3.  Arpeggios (All keys) – Major and minor triads, dominant and diminished 7ths.

Instructions - Scales and Apeggios

  1. All scales and arpeggio must:
    1.  be played from memory;
    2.  span two octaves (where possible); and
    3.  be played 16th notes at quarter = 92.
  2. Designated scales will be followed by either:
    1.  an arpeggio built on the tonic; or
    2.  a Dominant 7th arpeggio built on the 5th degree of the scale; or
    3.  a Diminished 7th arpeggio built on the 7th degree of the scale; and
    4.  will resolve to the tonic.


Candidates will be asked to play various styles of music on snare drum, mallets, timpani and drum set, in different ensembles. Material will be provided 4-6 weeks prior to the audition.

Additional Instructions - Prepared Music – Drum Set:

During the audition, candidates must perform on drum set, as part of a jazz combo. Candidates will have to perform two pieces from any of the 10 listed below. One selection will be chosen by the panel and one selection will be of the candidate’s choosing. Candidates should be prepared to count off the tune that they have selected, at the appropriate tempo. The keys and time-feels are indicated next to each tune, as follows:

  1. My Girl (The Temptations) (C) - soul / rock 105 bpm
  2. Let the Good Times Roll (G) - swing / blues 120-140 bpm
  3. Bye-Bye Black Bird (F) - swing 120-130 bpm
  4. Wave (D) - Brazilian 130-140 bpm
  5. Oleo (Bb) - swing 240-260 bpm
  6. Recorda-Me (A min) - straight-eighths 140-150 bpm
  7. Sir Duke (B) - funk / rock 105-110 bpm
  8. All the Things You Are (Ab) - swing 140-150 bpm
  9. In a Sentimental Mood (D min) - ballad 55-60 bpm
  10. Someday My Prince Will Come (Bb) - swing in 3 120-130 bpm


Candidate will be required to sight read on the following instruments

  1. Snare Drum;
  2. Timpani;
  3. Mallet percussion; and
  4. Drum set


Candidate will write a music theory test. Candidate will be asked to identify the following:

  1. diatonic scales (major and minor);
  2. modes;
  3. intervals;
  4. chords (including inversions);
  5. cadences;
  6. time signatures;
  7. key signatures;
  8. transpositions;
  9. musical termsl; and
  10. musical symbols and abbreviations.


An aural skills test will be completed. While listening to a recording, candidates will be asked to identify the following, as they are performed on the piano:

  1. intervals (within one octave):
    1. melodic (ascending and descending); and
    2. harmonic.
  2. chords:
    1. triads: major, minor, root 1st and 2nd inversion;
    2. 4 note chords: Dom7, dim7, aug7, root position only.
  3. melodic dictation:
    1. identifty incorrect notes in a given melody;
    2. melodies can be in one or two parts and in treble and bass clefs.


As part of the selection process, candidates will also complete an interview.

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