Announcing Open Auditions For The Cleveland Browns Drumline

The Browns Drumline in action at a home game!

The Browns Drumline in action at a home game!

Did you know that the Cleveland Browns Drumline was a program of Bluecoats? Well, now you do!

And if you’re a marching drummer in the Cleveland area we’re looking for you! Beginning May 17th, video auditions will be open for any interested candidates. The auditions will follow this two-step process.

  1. Video Audition:   Applicants will prepare the audition material and upload a video playing through ALL of the material on the instrument of their choice (Snare Drum, Tenor Drums, Bass Drum, or Cymbals).  Applicants are encouraged to use an actual instrument in their video, but drum pads may also be acceptable.  Applicant's drums and upper body should be clearly visible in the video in order to properly assess the audition material.  Bass drum applicants should focus on the bass drum 1 parts on any and all "splits".  The video submission process will be open from  May 17 through May 26.  Applicants should upload videos to YouTube (private links, preferred). Upon uploading, applicants should send an e-mail to brownsdrumline@bluecoats.com. The e-mail should include the following information: Full name, audition instrument, details on your marching experience (Marching band, Drum Corps, Winter Percussion, etc.), e-mail contact, as well as all links to the uploaded YouTube videos. ALL APPLICANTS MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE ON OR BEFORE THE FIRST HOME PRESEASON GAME (August 8).

  2. Invitation to the first rehearsal:  Video applicants will receive correspondence from a Browns Drumline representative on or before June 2.  Upon a successful video audition, applicants will be invited out to the first rehearsal on Sunday, June 9 (9am-12p) to play with the rest of the drumline members.  After this live audition, applicants will be notified of their status in the drumline at the conclusion of the rehearsal.

With questions about the Browns Drumline, email program director John McFarland (brownsdrumline@bluecoats.com). You can download the audition materials below!

Mike Scott

Mike Scott is a clinician, consultant, and the CEO of Rhythm X, Inc., a non-profit music education company in Dayton, Ohio. Mike earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 2012. There he studied percussion and conducting and completed the Farmer School of Business Summer Institute. Before beginning his career as an administrator and teacher, Mike was an active performer in the marching arts. In 2011 Mike was the conductor of the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps of Canton, Ohio and was a performer in Rhythm X’s percussion ensemble from 2011-2012. Mike was also a member of the Miami University Marching Band for four years, serving as the drum major during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. In 2013 Mike began work at Rhythm X, Inc. as the Operations Director, managing the business development and logistics of the organization. He was also the Director of Instrumental Music at St. Ursula Academy in Toledo, Ohio. There he taught band, orchestra, and general music in grades 6-12. Prior to the 2015 competitive season, Mike became the first full-time employee at Rhythm X, Inc. as the company’s CEO. There he works with the organization’s President Tim Fairbanks to develop the future strategy of the company. During the summer months, Mike travels the country with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps as the group’s Tour Administrator. He has also served as the tour manager of The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps of Allentown, Pennsylvania. Mike proudly endorses Innovative Percussion, Etymotic Research, and Fred J. Miller Inc.