Welcome to the 2017 Pittsburgh Steeline Audition Information Page!
We are excited that you are interested in becoming a member of the 2017 Steeline. As a member, you have the once in a life 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 2016 Auditions*
*If you plan to audition, please be certain that you register at the link at the bottom of this page. It is important that we have this information in advance for planning purposes.
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 march bass drums), and 5 cymbal players.
Audition Dates, Locations, Times:
Steeline auditions will be held on the two dates and times listed below. Auditionees should plan to attend both audition dates.
If attending one or both of the audition dates in-person is impossible for you, we do accept video auditions! Please email us directly at PGHSteeline@gmail.com for more information about setting up a video audition.
Audition Date #1: Saturday June 3rd, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Irish Centre of Pittsburgh (Squirrel Hill area of Pittsburgh, near Frick Park)
6886 Forward Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Audition Date #2: Sunday June 11th, 2017, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Pitcairn Park Building (near Monroeville, PA, 5-10 min. from the Monroeville exit of I-376 East)
557 Broadway Boulevard
Pitcairn, PA 15140
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. We will be indoors. Drums, cymbals, and bass drum mallets will be provided, however please bring your own snare/tenor sticks. We will be playing only the downloadable music on this page at 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.
Downloadable Audition Music:
Please prepare the 4 music selections located in the folders below for the audition 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:
Saturday, June 3rd: Steelgatos, Needles and Pins, Windtunnel Shuffle
Sunday, June 11th: Steelgatos, Needles and Pins, Windtunnel Shuffle, Mean Joe Greene
The 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. It is important that we have this information for planning purposes.