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.

2016 Pittsburgh Steeline Auditions


Welcome to the 2016 Pittsburgh Steeline Audition Information Page!

We are excited that you are interested in becoming a member of the 2016 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. 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.

We hope you find this information helpful. If you have any concerns or questions that this page doesn’t answer, feel free to email us at PGHSteeline@gmail.com. See you at auditions!

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, Location, Times:

Auditions for this year’s Steeline will be held on Sunday June 5th and Sunday June 12th, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM respectively. Auditionees should plan to attend both audition dates. Auditions will be held at the Irish Centre of Pittsburgh, located at 6886 Forward Ave, Pittsburgh, PA, 15217 (Squirrel Hill area of Pittsburgh). If attending one or both of the audition dates 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 Location: 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. We will be indoors. All equipment 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 one of the Steeline directors to discuss their background, drumming experience, and availability.
Audition Criteria

Auditionees will be evaluated on both days by the Steeline Leadership Team as well as a guest judge. 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 steelers.com in late April), as well as weekly Wednesday evening rehearsals (7:00 PM to 10:00 PM) that run from late June through mid-December at the Irish Centre of Pittsburgh.*

*In addition to Steelers home games, the Steeline maintains an active performance schedule of 20 to 30 additional performances per year. We send small groups of members to play at corporate events, Steelers training camp/pep rallies, community events, parades, races, band festivals, etc. While these events are not 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 following selections for the audition to the best of your ability. The first audition date (June 5th) will focus on Steelgatos, Needles and Pins, and G.T. Our second audition date (June 12th) will review these items, and continue on with Here We Go. You are welcome to audition for as many sections in the ensemble as you would like.



Needles and Pins


Here We Go

Audition Registration:

All auditionees must register for auditions. Please fill out the form below to confirm your participation in our 2016 audition!

Name *
Address *
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Instruments *
Please select all the instruments you would like to audition for
Briefly describe or list your prior experience in music/drumming