With the 2014 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 2015!
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™
Listed below are audition dates and locations for many drum corps across the country. As groups finalize plans for their 2015 auditions, information posted here will be added, updated and changed periodically.
7th Regiment - New London, CT
Academy - Tempe, AZ
Blue Devils B - Concord, CA
Blue Knights - Denver, CO
Blue Stars - La Crosse, WI
Boston Crusaders - Boston, MA
Carolina Crown - Ft. Mill, SC
Cascades - Seattle, WA
Coastal Surge - Myrtle Beach, SC
Colts - Dubuque, IA
Columbians - Tri Cities, WA
Genesis - Edinburg, TX
Golden Empire - Bakersfield, CA
Impulse - Buena Park, CA
Legends - Kalamazoo, MI
Les Stentors - Sherbrooke, QU
Madison Scouts - Madison, WI
Mandarins - Sacramento, CA
Music City - Nashville, TN
Oregon Crusaders - Portland, OR
Pacific Crest - Diamond Bar, CA
Pioneer - Milwaukee, WI
Racine Scouts - Racine, WI
Raiders - Burlington, NJ
Santa Clara Vanguard - Santa Clara, CA
Spartans - Nashua, NH
Spirit of Atlanta - Atlanta, GA
Thunder - Spokane, WA
Vanguard Cadets - Santa Clara, CA
Watchmen - Riverside, CA