Pittsburgh Steeline

The Pittsburgh Steeline is an independent, professional drumline from Pittsburgh, PA. We provide exciting, positive, family-friendly entertainment at all Steelers home games.

Welcome to the 2018 Pittsburgh Steeline Audition Information Page! 


We are excited that you are interested in becoming a member of the 2018 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 2018 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 for planning purposes.

*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 veterans 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 3rd, 2018, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Sunday, June 10th, 2018, 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.

    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, particularly the 2nd audition date, 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 will 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.  Auditionees will be evaluated 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 on game day and are fun to watch!    


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.  


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.  

Alternate Performers

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 (Steelgatos, Mean Joe Greene, James, and 15212), located in the folders below, to the best of your ability.   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 3rd: Steelgatos, 15212, James (Beginning to C only)

Sunday, June 10th: Steelgatos, 15212, James (Beginning to C only), and Mean Joe Greene

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!

Audition Registration

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!

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