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Drum Majors

Drum Majors are the on-field and performance leaders of the Southeast Marching Band. They deliver marching/maneuvering commands, conduct musical selections, serve as rehearsal teaching assistants, and demonstrate the esprit de corps of the ensemble. Drum Majors are selected annually by audition and are open to any Band member regardless of the chosen major.

If you have any questions or require further information regarding the Southeast Drum Major please contact or by phone 573-651-2335.

Drum Major Auditions

  1. Auditions are for Band members with a minimum of one year of Southeast Marching Band experience.
  2. Auditions are held within the first month of Spring term classes (email for audition date)
  3. Submit a completed Drum Major Application (link to audition application below). The application must be turned in electronically, one week prior to the audition date. Submit to
  4. Prepare the following for the audition:
    • Conducting
    • Patterns: 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4 (3/2 & 2/3)
    • Required Music: National Anthem (provided by the Director)
    • Music of Candidates choice—min. of 1 minute, max of 2 minutes in length
    • Marching Fundamentals
    • Attention
    • Mark Time
    • Drag Turns (left, right, full)
    • Forward March (8 to 5)
    • Back March (8 to 5)
    • Lateral Slide (left, right)
    • Flanks (left, right)
    • Vocal and Whistle Commands


    • Attention
    • Mark Time
    • Drag Turn (left, right, full)
    • Forward March
    • Back March
    • Lateral Side (left, right)
    • Flanks (left, right)
    • Halt
    • Whistle:

    • Rhythmic Long Blast and 4 Short Blasts
    • Interview with the Director
  5. An optional Drum Major Clinic/Tryout Preparation Session will be held in advance of the audition. Contact Dr. Reynolds if you plan to attend ( This session will not meet without prior student reservations.
Drum Major Application


River Campus Marching Band Annex
Southeast Marching Band
One University Plaza, MS 7800
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701