Drumline and Front Ensemble
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.
Drumline Audition Information
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.
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.
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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 heads 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.