Welcome to the 2019 Pittsburgh Steeline Audition Information Page!
We are excited that you are interested in becoming a member of the 2019 Steeline. As a member, you have the once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of the official drumline of the Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as a fun, talented, and supportive community of fellow drummers. We perform live at every Steelers home game as a paid, professional drumline. Below, you will find everything you need to know about this year’s auditions.
1. Basic Audition Requirements
2. Audition Dates, Locations, Times
3. Audition Procedure and Criteria
4. Downloadable Audition Music
5. Link to Register For 2019 Auditions*
*If you plan to audition, you must register at the link at the bottom of this page. It is extremely important that we have this information in advance.
*Also at the bottom of the page is a short informational YouTube video that shows footage of the audition process and what to expect!
Basic Audition Requirements:
Auditions are open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Ideal candidates will have a background in rudimental drumming and spent time drumming in drumlines, but all musicians and performers are welcome. Anyone auditioning for the Steeline for the first time must pay a $10 audition fee, payable in cash or check on-site at the audition. All auditionees must register for auditions using the link at the bottom of this page.
All spots in the Steeline are open every season, and returning members re-audition each year. Our full line consists of 8 snare drums, 4 tenors (six packs), 5 tonal bass drums, 3 “boom” drummers (flat mounted marching bass drums), and 5 cymbal players.
Audition Dates, Locations, Times:
Steeline auditions will be held on the following two dates:
Sunday, June 2nd, 2019, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Sunday, June 9th, 2019, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Both auditions will be held at the Irish Centre of Pittsburgh located at the address below. This facility is located near the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh.
Attendance at both dates is mandatory for consideration as a member, however if one or both dates are impossible for you to make, we do accept video auditions. Please email PGHSteeline@gmail.com to request this as soon as possible if applicable.
Irish Centre of Pittsburgh
6886 Forward Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Audition Procedure and Criteria:
What to Expect
Auditionees should expect to drum as a group in a “full ensemble” drumline environment for most of the audition. Some of the time will be broken up into sectional rehearsals (break off into groups by drum type). Most of the audition will be indoors, but some of it may be outside as weather permits.
Drums, cymbals, and bass drum mallets will be provided, however please bring your own snare/tenor sticks if auditioning for those instruments. You only need to prepare the downloadable music on this page for the audition. Some of the time will be spent drumming with drums on stands, and at other times you will be asked to wear the drum. The Steeline will provide light snacks/water at our auditions, however please bring your own at your personal discretion.
In addition to the drumming component, all auditionees will have a short one on one interview with the Steeline leadership team to discuss their background, drumming experience, and availability.
Auditionees will be evaluated on both days by the Steeline directors, section leaders, and creative staff. This evaluation will be based on:
Musicianship: You will be evaluated on how well you play the music on the page, including rhythmic accuracy, sound quality, musicality, technique, tempo, timing, etc.
Performance: You will be evaluated on your ability to entertain and engage an audience while you drum. Members of the Steeline are expected to be dynamic, enthusiastic, energetic performers who pump up Steelers fans and are fun to watch!
Attitude: We are looking for individuals who are easy to get along/work with, have good communication skills, possess a solution-driven attitude, and a positive mindset about what they do. These things certainly factor into our decisions when selecting members of the Steeline.
Availability: All members of the Steeline must give reasonable assurance that they can attend all ten Steelers home games (schedule available at www.steelers.com in mid-April), as well as weekly Wednesday evening rehearsals (7:00 PM to 10:00 PM) that run from late June through mid-December. In addition, any full-time Pittsburgh Steeline member must live inside of 100 miles and less than 2 hrs drive from downtown Pittsburgh. Individuals not meeting both of these criteria who are still interested in auditioning may audition as alternates (see below).
All Steelers home games are held at Heinz Field, and all rehearsals are held at the Irish Centre of Pittsburgh (Squirrel Hill area of Pittsburgh). Attending the weekly rehearsals and 10 Steelers home games is the only formally required time commitment to be a full-time member of the Steeline.*
*In addition to Steelers home games, the Steeline maintains an active schedule of additional appearances/performances throughout the Pittsburgh area (parades, charity events, corporate functions, Steelers special events, etc.). While none of these events are individually required for membership, part of our evaluation will be assessing your potential availability/willingness to perform at some of these (paid) events throughout the season.
In addition to the 25 "full-time" musicians we employ, positions in the Steeline are available for "alternate" performers. Alternates are required to come to one rehearsal a month, and fill in for full-time musicians if someone is absent from a game or we are short for another performance. Alternate spots are available to anyone who is deemed qualified via the audition process and interested in this role. There is no limit on how many we take. Alternate performers must be responsible enough to learn and maintain music on their own and be prepared to replace an absent person on short notice. More details about alternate responsibilities will be provided at auditions.
Downloadable Audition Music:
Please prepare the 4 music selections (Steel Cats, AMO3, Smathers ISLAND, and Let’s Go Steelers), located in the folders below. You are welcome to audition for as many sections in the ensemble as you would like, however we encourage auditionees to focus on the section that they feel they are best at.
We will play the following pieces on the following dates:
Sunday, June 2nd: Steel Cats, AMO3, Smathers ISLAND (Beginning to F only)
Sunday, June 9th: Steel Cats, AMO3, Smathers ISLAND (Beginning to F only), and Let’s Go Steelers
The 5 links below are to files in a standard Google Drive folder. If you have tech issues accessing the files, email us at PGHSteeline@gmail.com and we can help!
All prospective auditionees must register for auditions by filling out the form below. Please fill this out and submit ASAP. The sooner we have your info, the better!