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Auditions

Auditions for the Carolina Panthers 2014 drumline have already occurred. If you are interested in trying out for PurrCussion in the future, please review the information below to better prepare yourself. Information for next year's auditions will be posted in early 2015.

Be a part of the gameday experience at Bank of America Stadium and visible in communities throughout the Carolinas as a member of PurrCussion - the Carolina Panthers drumline. Consisting of snare drums, tenor drums, bass drums and cymbal players, PurrCussion performs at every home game, including on-field for player introductions, and entertains fans at charitable and corporate events.

Open Rehearsals (Encouraged):

Day Date Time Notes
Thursday April 24, 2014 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Open Rehearsal
Friday April 25, 2014 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Open Rehearsal
Saturday April 26, 2014 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Open Rehearsal
Sunday April 27, 2014 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Open Rehearsal

Audition Dates (Mandatory):

Day Date Time Notes
Saturday May 3, 2014 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Preliminaries
Sunday May 4, 2014 TBD Interviews
Saturday May 10, 2014 TBD Finals Rehearsal
Sunday May 11, 2014 TBD Finals

Location

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C. Please click here for directions. Enter Bank of America Stadium off of Morehead Street. Once parked, follow signs to the audition entrance.

Format

Open Rehearsals - Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to the start of rehearsal. Candidates will be divided into sectionals and run through a technical warm-up. Then candidates will be taught pieces by PurrCussion instructors. A different piece will be taught at each rehearsal, and candidates will be evaluated during preliminaries on their knowledge of each piece. Participants are welcome and encouraged to audition for more than one instrument.

Preliminaries - Preliminaries will consist of a performance of pieces taught during open rehearsals before a panel of judges with additional exercises to showcase the overall musicianship, presentation and showmanship of each candidate. All candidates will also interview with PurrCussion staff during preliminaries. This meeting will include a review of the responsibilities of becoming a member of the PurrCussion drumline.

Finals - Finals will consist of a performance of a piece taught at the final rehearsal on May 10 and open Q&A by a panel of Panthers and PurrCussion staff alongside special guest judges. Candidates may be asked to perform a solo showcase piece that reflects their style and personality to aid in the judges' evaluation if necessary.

Qualifications

  • All candidates must be at least 21 years old by May 11, 2014.
  • All candidates must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • All candidates must pass a pre-employment and periodic drug screen as well as satisfactorily complete a criminal and civil background check, including driving history.
  • Those selected must be available to practice every Sunday beginning in May and appear at all Panthers home games as well as community events and appearances throughout the year.
  • Please note this is a part-time position that drumline members hold in addition to their regular work or college schedules.

Registration

Completion of the registration form below is required to audition for PurrCussion. The registration deadline is Thursday, April 17, 2014 by 5 p.m.

Audition Attire

Contestants should wear attire suitable for performances. Panthers colors are encouraged. Restrooms will be available; however, there will be no formal changing facilities.

What To Bring

Drums and cymbals will be provided, but contestants should bring sticks and a practice pad. Additionally, concession stands will not be open. Contestants should supply their own snacks and beverages.

Special Considerations

Auditions are CLOSED to the public. Only candidates will be allowed inside the stadium. No video cameras are permitted.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What does it take to become a PurrCussionist?
Answer:

  • Musicianship
  • Enthusiasm and energy
  • Showmanship and personality
  • Dedication
  • Team Player

Question: Is being a Carolina Panthers drumline member a full-time job?
Answer: No. Being a PurrCussionist is a part-time commitment. Most members hold other full-time jobs or attend college.

Question: Do I have to relocate to the Charlotte area if selected as a PurrCussionist?
Answer: No. We are proud to have PurrCussionists living in North and South Carolina.

Question: Are there any age requirements?
Answer: Yes, all candidates must meet the minimum age requirement, which is 21 years old by May 11, 2014. There is no maximum age limit.

Question: Is there a cost to audition?
Answer: There is no cost to participate in open rehearsals April 24-27 or auditions starting on May 3. However, pre-registration is required.

Question: If I make the drumline, what type of time commitment is required?
Answer: PurrCussion is a one-year commitment, which includes rehearsals, performing at all Panthers home games and making charity and coporate appearances throughout the year.

If you have additional questions, please call Kate Milstead at 704-358-7420. The Carolina Panthers are an Equal Opportunity Employer.