Free Pit Warmups & Exercises

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

Pit and front ensemble warmups and exercises
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This set of free pit warmups and exercises are composed for all skill levels, from beginner to advanced, and include audio examples. Download the PDF and use them in your ensemble at no cost, for nothing, gratis, etc!  Each warmup and exercise builds upon the previous one and are great learning tools. 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 exercise divided into three separate skill levels which lets you find the right amount of difficulty for the application. Also included is a warmdown.

Some of these warmups are compatible with the drumline version 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 Warmups Below!


Get these warmups with the Drumline & Pit Information Packet!

The Drumline & Pit Information Packet includes all the warmups, exercises, cadences/street beats, and songs 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 & Pit Information Packet or you can purchase a physical copy at many online retailers! Use it with your ensemble today!

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 Warmup & Exercise Songs:

The following are short 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! 


If you’re new to teaching a drumline you can use all of this material 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 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!


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Other publication by Patrick R. F. Blakley:

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