Prichard Pearce, 19 Riverside Community College Velvet Knights 2007-2009, Bluecoats Tuba 2010 How did you choose your corps? When I saw the Bluecoats in Pasadena in 2007, I was just overwhelmed by them. They had the coolest uniforms, the darkest most enticing sound, and the most entertaining show I'd ever seen. I knew it was something I absolutely had to be a part of. What was the experience like the first time you auditioned for a corps? At my first audition with Velvet Knights I was in awe of everything. I had just finished my sophomore year of high school and it opened my eyes to the precision and quality that was possible. It took the standards I had set for myself and boosted them to new heights. What's the best way to prepare for an audition? Don't over practice and make sure to rest. It's very important to have your audition piece and other materials prepared, but being ready visually is important as well. Rest is probably the MOST important thing. If your lips are too tired to play your piece right, it doesn't matter how many times you practiced it. If your muscles are too tired to go through an intense visual block, it won't matter how much preparation you did. Corps are looking for members with strong mental capability as well. If you aren't well rested and focused, it could work against you. What would you say to someone who is unsure whether or not to audition for a drum corps? An audition is more than just an audition. The information given to you by the staff over the course of the weekend can help you so much with your playing and marching. Seeing how the veteran members rehearse can also be very eye opening and show you what the standard for the activity is. It's definitely worth the experience. Any other advice? Do everything at your auditions with 100 percent confidence and energy. Don't be afraid of staff members seeing you make mistakes. If you mess up and correct yourself it shows you can make improvements, which is another important part of being a drum corps member. It will hurt your chances more to be timid in your approach. Learn more about corps audition dates, locations and additional info.