drumline on fieldThe Maverick Stampede Drumline is the "heartbeat" of the band and consists of CMU's finest percussionists. This 18-26 member line typically consists of 6-8 snares, 3-4 sextet toms (tenors), 5-6 tonal bass drums and 4-8 cymbals, and is under the direction of Mr. Isaac Lavadie and Dr. Jonathan Hinkle. The Stampede Drumline performs on professional grade custom instruments by Pearl and Zildjian. Students of all levels of previous experience are encouraged to participate, but will be required to meet basic fundamental competencies, depending on desired instrument, via an audition in early May of each year. Openings after this time, if any, will be filled on a first come-first served basis.

Please direct drumline specific inquires to Mr. Lavadie

Saturday, May 5, 9am-4pm, MPAC Band Room

Individual auditions & help session from leadership for new members, lunch, then full rehearsal.  Students living outside of the Grand Valley region are encouraged to join us for this important day.  If, however, they cannot, please contact Mr. Lavadie and prepare to submit a video audition (due on or before Friday, May 4 at 5pm).  See instructions for submitting a video audition on the Audition & Scholarships page.

May 5 schedule:

  • 9am-11:30am - Individual auditions
    Local students can sign-up for a specific audition time posted on Dr. Hinkle's office door.  Slots from 11-11:30am will be reserved for out of town students who may be traveling that morning.
  • 11:30am-1pm - Group lunch at local restaurant (bring money for this)
  • 1pm-4pm - Full-group rehearsal (continued audition)
  • Mr. Lavadie will organize meetings with drumline leadership as needed.

  • Students traveling or otherwise not in the Grand Junction area can communicate via email and/or video submissions.

Drumline-only Camp: 

Friday (4-9pm) & Saturday (9am-4pm), August 10 & 11. Drumline students living on campus will be able to move-in to their dorm on Friday, Aug.10 for no extra charge.

Full Ensemble Camp: 

Monday-Saturday* (noon-9:30pm), August 13-18

*performances only on Saturday, Aug.18

Full Ensemble (required): 

Tuesday's & Thursday's (6-9pm), Starting 1st week of Fall Semester (Aug.21), Ending on Nov.1

Drumline Sectionals (required): 

1st 4 Wednesday's of Fall Semester (Aug.22 & 29, Sept. 5 & 12, 6-8pm).

2017 Drumline Personal

Please visit the Student Leadership page for drumline section leader contact information.

Rudiments (#'s 16, 19, 21, & 22)

Other Drumline Cadences (all parts)

bass drums