With the 2013 Drum Corps International season in the history books, drum corps throughout the country are already preparing for a wave of new recruits, which means one thing—auditions.
For those wishing to join a corps, preparation is essential. Fortunately, most corps offer materials online detailing all of their technical requirements and explaining their respective audition processes.
As you're deciding where you might like to audition, it's important to try to get a feel for the organization—check out past performances and talk to current or former performers and staff members who will be more than happy to tell you about their corps.
When you're researching corps to join, you may also want to factor in things like location, fee structure, music and marching styles.
While some corps can be pretty demanding and having a solid marching band or drum corps background helps, experience isn't always necessary, and other organizations may provide a spot ideal for beginners. Even if your nerves get the better of you and you fall flat at your audition, the process will still be rewarding.
Prospective corps members are encouraged to come out to an audition, even if it's just to check out the corps. If someone doesn't feel ready to commit to the summer, it's a great way to prepare for the future. Even spending one weekend with a corps can leave you with a great educational experience!
Within this page are various resources to help get you started in finding a corps that you might like to join. Always be sure to contact the organization of your choice directly to confirm dates, locations and other audition requirements.
Good luck, and we'll see you on the field in the summer of 2014!
Published in Drum Corps International Magazine, this article gives an overview of the audition process and what it takes to become a member of the elite groups of Marching Music's Major League™
Every fall and winter thousands of marching musicians vie for a limited number of positions in Drum Corps International ensembles across the United States. Traveling to new locations, navigating crowds of unfamiliar faces, learning new techniques and overcoming nervousness; the audition experience can sometimes be daunting for both prospective and returning members alike! To help put you at ease and steer you in the right direction for your upcoming audition, we've compiled the expert advice and first-hand experiences of these current corps members. Click each name below to learn more.
Listed below are audition dates and locations for many drum corps across the country. As groups finalize plans for their 2014 auditions, information posted here will be added, updated and changed periodically.
7th Regiment - New London, CT
Blue Devils - Concord, CA
Blue Devils B - Concord, CA
Blue Knights - Denver, CO
Blue Saints - Sudbury, ON
Blue Stars - La Crosse, WI
Bluecoats - Canton, OH
Boston Crusaders - Boston, MA
Cadets - Allentown, PA
Carolina Crown - Ft. Mill, SC
Cavaliers - Rosemont, IL
Coastal Surge - Myrtle Beach, SC
Colts - Dubuque, IA
Columbians - Tri Cities, WA
Jersey Surf - Camden County, NJ
Legends - Kalamazoo, MI
Madison Scouts - Madison, WI
Music City - Nashville, TN
Oregon Crusaders - Portland, OR
Pacific Crest - Diamond Bar, CA
Pioneer - Milwaukee, WI
Santa Clara Vanguard - Santa Clara, CA
Spartans - Nashua, NH
Spirit of Atlanta - Atlanta, GA
Troopers - Casper, WY
Vanguard Cadets - Santa Clara, CA