A Message from the Caption Head
My name is Sam Reynolds, and I have been the Caption Head of the Northeastern University Drum Line (or “NUDL”) for almost two years now, and I feel very proud to be part of such a dedicated and talented group of students who, despite their very busy lives, find the time every week to come to rehearsals and our many performances that we do as part of the Northeastern University Pep Band.
If you are a drummer reading this, whether or not you are a Northeastern student, we are ALWAYS looking for new members, so be sure to get in touch with me about arranging a try-out sometime in the near future. If you are a non-drummer reading this, THAT’S OKAY TOO! We do offer lessons for anyone willing to pick up one of the instruments, and, when you are ready, you can join the line! If you are interested in learning more about us, please don’t hesitate to send me an email: reynolds[dot]sa[at]husky[dot]neu[dot]edu. Once again, you don’t need to go to school at Northeastern or even be a drummer in order to be part of the drum line!
Currently, we are busier than ever; we are beginning to play in gigs on our own at both women’s hockey and women’s basketball games, we are working on a short field show that will be featured during intermission periods of both men’s and women’s hockey and basketball games, and……………….(drumroll please)…………….we are working on making some recordings of our repetoire, so be on the lookout for recordings on this website in the near future! So let me be the first to welcome you to the Northeastern University Drum Line, and Go Huskies!
The Northeastern University Drum Line is the percussion section of the pep band. It is not a separate student group, but a section within the pep band which performs cadences at pep band events and separate drum line gigs. Members must follow pep band attendance policies and attend separate drum line rehearsals and performances (usually once per week). The line prides itself on hard work, dedication, character and a commitment to excellence.
All percussionists in the pep band are strongly encouraged to join the drum line, although it is not required. All percussionists in the pep band must audition for placement and attend special rehearsals to learn parade cadences, whether they are in the drum line or not.
The drum line uses snare drums, tenors, bass drums, and cymbals. Auxiliary percussion instruments such as cowbells, tambourines, and maracas are played at certain events, mostly basketball games when a drumset is used instead of the full line. Members from any section of the drum line may be considered to play drumset. Some other members play a wind instrument at basketball games.
Percussionists who wish to play mallets can do so in the pep band although mallet instruments are not currently part of the drum line.
The drum line (or a drumset) performs at all pep band events in addition to drum line gigs. These gigs include the Northeastern University Concert Band‘s annual children’s concert and weekday games the full band cannot attend. The section has also performed at special events, such as a security run-through for the 2006 NCAA women’s basketball Final Four at the TD Garden (which was co-hosted by the Northeastern and Harvard University athletic departments). During hockey games, the drum line will perform a cadence during the second intermission. Cadences are also performed at the Homecoming and Dorchester Memorial Day parades, in which the pep band marches.
Membership is open to anyone in the pep band. Members come from a variety of majors and high school musical backgrounds. Some were part of competitive marching bands while others had little experience in a drum line before coming to Northeastern.