About The Drumline

The Bronco Drumline is a big part of football game days at WMU.  The Bronco Drumline strives each year to reach a goal of excellence in performance. Being a member of the drumline requires a strong dedication to individual work, and a trustworthiness to be personally accountable for your own excellence.

Membership in the marching band and the drumline is open to all interested students. Like all other band ensembles, marching band is an academic class taken for credit. All interested students are invited to audition for the band. The majority of marching band members are from other academic disciplines.

Due to the competitive nature of the activity, having a limited supply of equipment, and having a great deal of people interested, membership is by audition only.

At the start of the auditions you are expected to have digested all the material in the packet. This material includes exercises, drum cheers, stand cheers, cadence series, as well as all pre-game material. More information is available on our Drumline Audition Information page.

For students who do not pass the audition but demonstrate promise as a future member, and a desire to learn and improve, we have an alternate program. The WMU Drumline Alternate Program is designed to provide percussionists an opportunity to improve their rudimental drumming skills by association with the WMU Bronco Drumline and its instructional staff. If a position on the drumline becomes vacated during the marching band season, alternates will be prepared to fill that position pending a successful audition with other drumline alternates.

Alternates WILL…

  • enroll in the class and receive credit like all other members
  • be in attendance of all Bronco Drumline rehearsals and performances not including sectionals (though attending extra Bronco Drumline rehearsals outside of regularly scheduled rehearsals in an observer capacity is encouraged)
  • receive instruction from BMB drum staff
  • prepare all Bronco Drumline repertoire
  • learn Pre Game and Halftime drill in a “shadow” position on a rotational basis as determined by staff during band camp and class time rehearsals
  • rehearse on an individual and small group basis during regularly scheduled class times
  • fill vacant spots in the drumline during rehearsals and games as appropriate and determined by staff
  • be fitted for a uniform in the event the opportunity to join the drumline to fill a vacancy presents itself
  • assist staff with drumline logistics by facilitating maintenance and transportation of equipment
  • attend morning Game Day rehearsals dressed in Bronco Band rehearsal “secondary” uniforms ready to participate in rehearsal if necessary
  • attend all WMU home and away games where the BMB is performing dressed in professional attire (NOT in a BMB uniform) as determined by staff

Alternates WILL NOT…

  • participate in Game Day warm ups or performances with the Bronco Drumline
  • perform in parades or the Season in Review Concert

For additional information about the drumline please visit the Frequently Asked page, or Contact Usto email us your question.