the Heart and Soul of Marching Band

Our drumline marches 8 snares, 4 tenors, 5 basses, and a cymbal line.

Rehearsals are twice per week with an additional rehearsal Saturday mornings on gameday. The drumline rehearses indoors at the St. Ambrose Athletic Dome a covered and heated practice complex.

The Fighting Bee Drumline performs at all SAU home football games. Members are expected to perform pregame, halftime, in the stands, and the traditional "In the Lot" performance prior to the start of each gameday. Most music will be performed from memory.

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Drumline Audition Information

Attitude, Attendance, and Ability

Our drumline is driven by "The Three A's" Attitude, Attendance, and Ability. The drumline does not require an audition for participation. However, we do require an audition for line placement. Auditions occur during pre-camp prior to the start of full band camp week.

Students select a "Primary" and "Secondary" instrument for the audition. If snare drum or tenors are the "Primary" instrument, it is strongly suggested that the packet is memorized. If bass drum/cymbals is the "Primary" instrument, the student must be familiar enough with the music to execute any part within that section (memorization not required). Marking time is required for every selection.

Students will perform on their "Primary" instrument for the solo audition. The "Secondary" instrument should be prepared to the best of the student's ability. Personnel will rotate instruments throughout the group audition.

Download the Drumline Audition Packet (pdf)

Spring Percussion Tech Class

The Spring Percussion Tech Class is required if you accepted the annual $1,000 Athletic Band Award.

During Tech Class, Drumline members work on drumming fundamentals, specific instrument technique as well as prepare two "In the Lot" performances.

Want to audition for Drumline? Click the link below.

Download the Drumline Audition Packet (pdf)


Get Involved!

Join the SAU Drumline

When you join the SAU Marching Band Drumline, you automatically get a $1,000 annual scholarship.

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Percussion Staff

Kelvin Tran, Battery Caption Head

A native of the Quad Cities, Kelvin began his marching percussion career at Davenport North HS as a member of the Wildcat Marching Band. It was there he developed a passion for music and percussion performance that eventually lead to his pursuit of a professional career under the guidance of renowned percussionist, Dr. Daniel Moore and the award-winning University of Iowa Percussion Studio.

Kelvin took his previous marching experience with him to the University of Iowa where he became a member of the illustrious Hawkeye Marching Band. During his time as a Hawkeye he marched snare, tenors, and eventually became bass line section leader.

Kelvin is a versatile percussionist with extensive experience in marching, latin/jazz, classical, and contemporary music. He currently instructs several ensembles in the area, teaches private lessons, and performs as a freelance percussionist throughout Southeastern Iowa.

Kelvin holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Iowa. He currently serves as Percussion Caption Head for the St. Ambrose University Fighting Bee Marching Band, as well as Battery Instructor for the Linn-Mar High School Marching Lions.

Outside of music, Kelvin currently serves in the Iowa Army National Guard.

Kevin Carlson, Battery Technician

Kevin Carlson started in marching percussion right here in Davenport under the whiplash-like instruction of Jack King and took that education to Central High School to win championships with the legendary John Bernatz playing tenors.

During his junior and senior years at Central, Kevin began traveling to Iowa City weekly for private instruction at the University of Iowa and upon graduation took himself to Iowa to march with the Sudler Award Winning Hawkeye Marching Band, again on tenors.

While at Iowa, Kevin had the good fortune to study under John Wooten and the great Tom Davis. Kevin started teaching privately in high schools and has continued a passion for passing on knowledge. He started teaching marching percussion at St. Ambrose in 2016 and oversaw the inaugural year of the marching Bee Drumline.

Kevin has degrees in Political Science and Percussion Performance from the University of Iowa and studied leadership at St. Ambrose.

Megan Cooney, Percussion Studio Instructor

Megan Cooney currently serves as Director of Athletic Bands, Assistant Band Director, and Instructor of Percussion Studies at St. Ambrose University. She conducts the university Pep Band and is heading the establishment of the St. Ambrose University Marching Band. Additionally, she teaches applied percussion lessons, percussion methods, marching band techniques, and drumline techniques courses.

Cooney is a native of New Jersey and earned her B.M. in Instrumental Music Education from Rowan University in 2011 with a concentration in percussion performance. While at Rowan she studied percussion performance with Professor Dean Witten. In 2014 Cooney earned her M.M. in Wind Conducting from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. During her graduate degree she continued her study of percussion performance and contemporary music with Professor Ayano Kataoka. For over seven years Cooney has held professional teaching and staff appointments with athletic band programs across the country.

Cooney currently a percussionist with the Eastern Iowa Brass Band, serves as timpanist in Tallgrass Brass Band, freelances throughout the Quad Cities, and enjoys teaching students grades 7-12 privately.


Kelvin Tran, Battery Caption Head

Marching Band
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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