Chiefs fans – let's get ready to rrrrruuumble!
The Chiefs Rumble will hold two auditions this year at Arrowhead Stadium in the hopes of finding talented musicians to add to our already impressive group of percussionists.
"The Rumble is a professional drum line whose primary function is to entertain and excite Chiefs fans on game days," Matt Arnet, Director of the Rumble explained. "The Rumble spends the hours leading up to kick-off patrolling the parking lot at Arrowhead performing for fans and energizing the crowds as they enter the stadium."
The Rumble consists of 27 members divided into three groups of nine to parade through the parking lots before the game. Each group has seven drummers and two cymbals.
The instruments are provided through RentMyInstrument.com (RMI), a national online band and instrument rental company designed for students and professional musicians.
"The Rumble play on professional marching instruments from Rent My Instrument," Greg Wohler, President and Co-Founder of RMI said. "This year there will be 21 percussionists and six cymbal players."
Besides pumping up the fans at the tailgates, the Rumble also have the unique opportunity to perform on the field before kickoff and lead Chiefs fans in the Tomahawk Chop.
"Before the game, the Rumble are part of the tunnel as the Chiefs are coming out of the locker room," Wohler noted. "They are on the video boards for a performance and then start the Tomahawk Chop to get the fans excited about the game."
If you're interested in being a part of the Chiefs Rumble, getting paid to perform music at Arrowhead Stadium and have a passion for music and football, then you need to audition.
"There is no other opportunity around (Kansas City) to perform on the scale that we do with the Rumble," Arnet commented. "We need bold and outgoing personalities in addition to strong players."
Arnet is looking for some of Kansas City's best but notes that you do not need an extensive background in music.
"Those auditioning should have a background in marching percussion, though any drummer with chops who can read music should try out," Arnet mentioned. "The diversity of experience tends to include drum and bugle corps, college drum line, high school band and drum set players."
If interested in auditioning, apply HERE through Tuesday July 16th. Auditions will be held Wednesday, July 17th from 6p.m.to 9p.m. and Saturday, July 20th from 1p.m. to 4p.m. at the Pavilion at Arrowhead Stadium, which is just South of the stadium itself. Those auditioning need to bring drum sticks and a practice pad.