Free Drumline Warmups & Exercises

Free to use drumline warmups, exercises, cadence and street beats!

This set of free drumline warmups, exercises, cadence and street beats are composed for all skill levels from beginner to advanced, and include audio examples. Download the PDF and use them with your drumline for free, nothing, nada, zilch, etc! Each warmup and exercise builds upon the previous one and are great learning tools to progress through and develop your skills. They’re also great workouts for both the hands as well as the mind to build physical chops and also mental chops too! Be sure to check out the various skill levels for great variations.

Below is each warmup, exercise, cadence / street beat divided into three separate skill levels which lets you find the right amount of difficulty for the application you need. Also included is an on-field warmup to prepare you for the show, and a warmdown that slowly loosens your muscles at the end of a long day.

Some of the warmups are compatible with the pit warmups as well (as noted below). If you’re short on time at rehearsal and need to warm up the entire percussion ensemble at the same time you have the tools to do so here at your disposal!


Download Drumline Warmups Below!


Get this entire warmup book with the Drumline Information Packet!

The Drumline Information Packet includes all the warmups, exercises, cadence and street beat below as well as the on-field warmup and warmdown. In addition there is a long explanation of everything you’d want to know before joining a drumline, from overarching ideals to techniques! You can pay what you want for the digital Drumline Information Packet or you can purchase a physical copy at many online retailers!



(Compatible with pit Eighths)

Stock Eighths 

Snare Eighths Variations 

Tenor Eighths Variations 

Bass Eighths Variations 

Moving Eighths 


T Minus 8 (Stand-alone Variation):

T Minus 8


Work Placement (Placement Control):

Beginner Placement Control 

Intermediate Placement Control 

Advanced Placement Control 


New Heights (Accents):

(Compatible with pit New Heights)

Beginner Heights 

Intermediate Heights 

Advanced Heights 


Double-Action (Multiples):

Beginner Multiples 

Intermediate Multiples 

Advanced Multiples 

Para Para (Paradiddles):

Beginner Paradiddles 

Intermediate Paradiddles 

Advanced Paradiddles 


Roll Program (Rolls):

Beginner Rolls 

Intermediate Rolls 

Advanced Rolls 


Flåm Norway (Flams):

(Compatible with pit Flåm Norway)

Beginner Flams 

Intermediate Flams 

Advanced Flams 


On Field:

Big Eighths

Slow Fast 


Osciller (Cadence):

Intermediate Osciller 

Advanced Osciller 



(Compatible with pit Sixteenths)



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

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


These warmups and exercises are also featured on the iOS Diddles app! Check it out!


Creative Commons License

Creative Commons

If you’re new to teaching a drumline you can use all of this material for free with your group! The work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. This packet can easily supplement The Field Percussion User Manual.



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Other publication pages: Quadratics, User Manual, Drummy DrumInfo Packet, Drumline Warmups, Pit Warmups, Drumset Warmups, and Articles.