Free Pit Warmups, Exercises, and Music!

Free Pit Warmups & Front Ensemble Exercises

Free pit music, warmups, and exercises to download and use with your group!

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pit music and pit resources for marching band or drumline performances

The free pit music, warmups, and exercises are composed for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, and include audio examples to improve pit performance. Download the PDF and use this free pit music with your ensemble at no cost, for nothing, gratis, etc!  Each warmup and exercise builds upon the previous one and are great learning tools, especially for pit technique! They’re great workouts for the hands and feet as well as the mind. Be sure to check out the various skill levels.

Below is each front ensemble music and exercise divided into three separate skill levels which lets you find the right amount of difficulty for the ensemble. Also included in this pit music resource is a warmdown to loosen up any tense muscles! Some of these pit warmups are compatible with the drumline music versions as well (as noted below). If you’re short on time at rehearsal feel free to warm up the entire percussion ensemble at the same time with a couple basic exercises!

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Download Pit / Front Ensemble / Concert Warmups Routine Below!

The drumline and pit warmup packet

Pay whatever you want for the full 270+ page warmup packet!

The Drumline & Pit Information Packet includes all the pit music, warmups, exercises, cadences/street beats, and songs below as well as the on-field warmup and warmdown. In addition, there is a percussion resource of great explanations for everything you’d want to know before joining a drumline or pit, from strategic learning ideals to percussion techniques! You can pay what you want for the digital drumline and pit music resource packet or you can purchase a physical copy at online retailers! Easy drumline and pit warmups to advanced drumline and pit warmups, they’re all here! Use this drum packet with your ensemble today!

Don’t miss the FREE drumline warmups and the FREE drumset exercises too!

To hear or download an audio file of each exercise click the 🎵 symbol next to the title.

Or download all the sheet music and audio examples at once here.

*Front Ensemble Music, Warmups, and Exercise Songs:

The following are short pit music/warmup/exercise tunes to emphasize miscellaneous minor techniques or different styles of play. These small productions are meant to create a more realistic environment in which to perform while still warming up the front ensemble. Enjoy!


Special thanks to Chris Blakley and David Maxim Micic for giving me permission to arrange their tunes! 

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Use these free pit warmups with your ensemble!

If you’re new to teaching a front ensemble you can use all of this pit music at no additional cost with your group!* The work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

For new instructors, this packet pairs perfectly with The Field Percussion User Manual!

*: The pit music/warmup/exercise songs may be used for free as warmups or exercises, but may not be used as productions as part of a show or paid performance. For paid show and performance productions please contact the composer for the proper permissions at the URL listed at the bottom of each PDF file. Thank you!

Below are some additional pit music resources you should consider checking out…

Other publications by Patrick R. F. Blakley:

Drummy Drum, Drummond NovelQuadratics, User ManualInfo Packet, Drumline Warmups, Pit Warmups, Drumset Warmups, and Articles.

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