The Mean Green



The George Mason University Indoor Drumline was founded in the fall of 2007 by Dr. Michael Nickens and Chris Martin as an effort to expand the reach of the marching percussion activity and bring an independent, indoor percussion ensemble to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. 2009 marked the first competitive season for the GMU drumline and in its inaugural season, the drumline performed in WGI Percussion Independent Open (PIO) finals; finishing 7th.

Since GMU’s first season, the ensemble has achieved consistent and measurable improvement in each competitive year. In 2012, GMU won the WGI PIO World Championship with their program, “Go,” and very shortly after announced their self-promotion to WGI Independent World class for the 2013 season. With new excitement, enthusiasm, and a new design team, the GMU drumline performed in 2013 WGI World Class finals, finishing in 8th place with a score of 92.25.

The George Mason University Indoor Drumline is a proud supporter of Pearl Drums, Adams Percussion, Innovative Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, Evans Drumheads,, TreeWorks Chimes, and PreSonus Audio.

Frequently Asked Questions

When are 2013/2014 Auditions?

Auditions will take place on September 15, 2013 and October 13, 2013 from 9:00am – 5:00pm.

We understand that conflicts with one of the audition dates may exist; however, you are encouraged to come to both weekends to give yourself the best opportunity to make a spot in the ensemble. These auditions are offered in a clinic format and are a wonderful opportunity for marching percussionists to develop their skills. It’s also a chance for potential members to showcase their abilities in order to become a part of our World Class organization.

Are there costs associated with the clinics/auditions?

Yes, the clinics/auditions require a payment of $50 upon arrival/check-in or $40 via registration and payment through the Potomac Academy. This is a one-time fee regardless of which/how many audition weekends in which you participate. Again, it is in your best interest to attend both weekends if at all possible.

Where are Auditions held?

Auditions/Clinics will be held at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA), Performance Arts Building, DeLaski Hall.

What should I do before the Audition?

All prospective members must pre-register by completing the form HERE. Prospective members are encouraged to then register/pay through the Potomac Academy. NOTE: If participants register and pay through the Potomac Academy, packets and camp fees are reduced to $40 (as opposed to $50 in person on the day of the auditions).  Audition packets will be sent via email after payment is received. Stay tuned to the Mason Drumline facebook page and our Twitter (@GMU_Drumline) for updates regarding audition packet availability.

Practice Effectively! Preparation is a key success factor when determining who will be a part of the ensemble. These clinics are not your opportunity to practice. They are your opportunity to get world class feedback from staff members and showcase your skills and abilities. You will get what you give!

Ask questions! Our staff/education team is here for YOUR benefit and to facilitate your development. If you are unsure of what to expect, an approach, technique, musical passage, etc. send us an email or come to camp with your questions ready. We want to help.

Is housing provided?

GMU does NOT provide housing during the normal camp weekends; however, once the ensemble is set, we will do our best to ensure that all members have housing accommodations.


2009 AIA PIO Champion, WGI PIO Finalist 7th


2010 AIA PIO Champion, WGI PIO Finalist 5th


2011 AIA PIO Champion, WGI PIO Finalist 4th


2012 AIA PIO Champion, WGI PIO Gold Medalist


2013 AIA PIW Champion, WGI PIW Finalist 8th