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.
|Friday||April 24, 2015||7 p.m.-9 p.m.||Audition Rehearsal - Snare Focus|
|Friday||April 24, 2015||9 p.m.-11 p.m.||Audition Rehearsal - Tenor Focus|
|Saturday||April 25, 2015||2 p.m.-4 p.m.||Audition Rehearsal - Bass Focus|
|Saturday||April 25, 2015||4 p.m.-6 p.m.||Audition Rehearsal - Cymbal Focus|
|Sunday||April 26, 2015||12 p.m.-6 p.m.||Preliminaries - Judges Panel|
|Saturday||May 2, 2015||TBD||Appearance Audition|
|Sunday||May 3, 2015||12 p.m.-2 p.m.||Final Audition Meeting|
|Sunday||May 3, 2015||3 p.m.-10 p.m.||Interviews|
|Monday||May 4, 2015||TBD||Interviews|
|Thursday||May 7, 2015||7 p.m.-10 p.m.||Finals Rehearsal|
|Thursday||May 14, 2015||7 p.m.-10 p.m.||Finals Rehearsal|
|Friday||May 15, 2015||6 p.m.-10 p.m.||Finals - Judges Panel|
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.
Audition Rehearsals - Candidates are strongly encouraged to attend the rehearsal date(s) for any instrument(s) for which they are interested in auditioning. Participants are welcome and encouraged to attend more than one rehearsal and audition for more than one instrument. Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to the start of rehearsal. Audition rehearsals will begin with a technical warm-up, and then candidates will be taught piece(s) by PurrCussion staff. Candidates will be evaluated during preliminaries on their knowledge and performance of the music taught at the audition rehearsal(s).
Preliminaries - Preliminaries are a mandatory audition date. Preliminaries will consist of a performance of piece(s) taught during open rehearsals before a panel of judges with additional exercises to showcase the overall musicianship, presentation and showmanship of each candidate.
Finals - All finals dates are mandatory. Finals will consist of an interview with PurrCussion staff, meeting to review the responsibilities of being a PurrCussion drumline member, appearance audition, two rehearsals and finals audition in front of a panel of judges. During the finals audition, candidates may be asked to perform a solo showcase that reflects their style and personality.
Completion of the registration form below is required to audition for PurrCussion. The registration deadline is Thursday, April 23, 2015 by 5 p.m.
Contestants should wear attire suitable for performances. Panthers colors are encouraged. Restrooms will be available; however, there will be no formal changing facilities.
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.
Auditions are CLOSED to the public. Only candidates will be allowed inside the stadium. No video cameras are permitted.
Question: What does it take to become a PurrCussionist?
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 15, 2015. There is no maximum age limit.
Question: Is there a cost to audition?
Answer: There is no cost to participate in audition rehearsals April 24-25 or auditions starting on April 26. However, registration is required.
Question: If I make the drumline, what type of time commitment is required?
Answer: PurrCussion is an 11-month 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.