Andrew McAuley: I believe a drummer should have a few pairs of sticks in their stick bags, including mallets, brushes, hot rods, etc. The more tools you possess in your arsenal, the more places you can take the music, or simply have a better chance of capturing the sound that the leader is looking for. Second is a drum key. You need to have a key on you because the nature of our instrument is that it will sound completely different from set to set and player to player. You never want to find that a drum is too loose or out of tune and have no way to fix it. Finally, and this is one that is often overlooked, PENCIL AND PAPER! I can’t stress that one enough. From jotting out an idea or making notes for a musical change to something that may seem trivial such as writing a set list. It is clutch!
Nathan Figlar: At least a spare snare batter and any other heads getting worn….as mentioned a well stocked stick bag and key….I keep a drum key on my car keys always ensuring I have one at gigs.
Jon Berger: BD pedal crash cymbal. maybe hi hats.\, with the clutch mounted and ready to go before you enter the room. And your own seat .Believe it or not in a pressure situation having a few key items that you know are solid,need lttle adjustment can really help you focus relax and get to the music.
Paul Petsu: I’m with Mr Berger on the seat. A shitty seat can make you really uncomfortable.
Stephen Silvia: It all depends on the audition . If you are there to show your creativity and what you can do with their music then by all means bring all the stuff you want and make sure you are comfortable . But if you are on a cattle call type rock or pop audition then bring nothing but sticks and a pedal . The exception being that drummers would bring snare and cymbals as well . But usually in these type situations its just sticks and a pedal.
Bob Turak: at gigs I have a spare snare, spare kick pedal, spare kick batter head, lots of sticks. as for the audition-if there’s a set there I bring a snare stand, as I like mine low, and a throne.
Stephen Silvia: I actually won an audition one time where they told me after that it came down to me and another guy . I got the gig because the other guy was ” anal ” about his drum setup . I don’t know exactly what meant but every audition i have done since that one i have tried to make as few waves as i can . If possible i won’t even move a cymbal stand or hi hat stand . Just sit down and play . People are going to judge you on more than just the music . It helps to not give them anything extra to judge.
Mike Rodriguez: A ride. A ride back home.
Dan Fuller: a time and address.
Jerry A. Anaya: A good attitude is 50% of the battle!
Ted Connell: A sense of humor.
Josh Guerrero: A metronome!
Lee Fairley: CONFIDENCE!
Gootch Ibarra: I try to have the essentials with me Kick Pedal Snare Cymbals Stick Bag… I do have a metronome app on my phone that seems to come in handy. Carry anything that makes you feel confident and prepared.
Thomas Izzo: Confidence
Phil Salvatti: cymbals, sticks, snare. Pedal in trunk just incase.
Jon Berger: it is case by case. The best thing you can do is ask fellow drummers who just went in, get there early and sus out what the scene is.If guys are taking the time to hear you, get a vibe for your personaity, desire for you to be as relaxed as possible so you will play your best then you do what you can do make that so.I would say be very prepared,, early enough to warm up , relax, maybe hear somef the others audtion and prepare mentaly. if you bring things, be a gentlman or nice woman and asked, if they mind if i quicky throw up a few things .if it is clear time is tight guys are goinf in and out right after each other, keep it simple. .If the kit is completely awkward calmly make a FEW adjustments to allow you to play your best.
Yesitsmear Naldobuzack: Snare drum stand, I’ll never forget the day I found out I had forgotten mine all the way up in Rhode Island.