Paula Crosse, 20 Colorado State University, interior design program Blue Knights Color Guard, 2006-2009 How did you choose your corps? I first became involved with the Blue Knights because one of the instructors asked me to attend an audition. After that first summer though I kept coming back because of the atmosphere created by the staff, the unique show design and the individuals in this organization who I would get to spend my time with. In your experience, what's the best way to prepare for an audition? The best way to prepare for the audition is to get excited about it! All the people who have a part in selecting the members of the corps have no doubt dedicated countless years of their lives to this activity and do so because they are passionate about what they do. In an audition it is important to demonstrate that you have the same drive and dedication that has been instilled in all past members of the corps. What can a prospective corps member expect when he/she shows up for an audition weekend? Anyone who is new to a drum corps should expect to be a bit overwhelmed. The caliber of this activity is unlike anything else you have experienced and the staff may intentionally test your limits by asking you to try things that you won't be able to succeed at right away. The first time you auditioned, was the process different from what you expected it to be? I didn't know what to expect going into my first audition. All I remember is being really excited and really nervous at the same time. I remember it was a hard weekend, but I had a blast getting to know people and learning crazy new skills that I had never heard of. I especially bonded with a lot of others who were auditioning for the first time. Were you nervous at your audition? I was really nervous for the whole week before auditions, but once I got there it was really easy to calm down and focus on what we were learning. What do you think is most important for someone to take away from the audition experience? The most important thing you can take away from this activity is you. One of my instructors tells us, "Color guard is the tool by which we better ourselves." It isn't about technique or timing, it is about learning from the people around you and finding a sparkle in your soul. Some of the best people I have marched with are the ones who had to audition two or three times before they made the corps, and they were better people for it. Don't let anyone step on your dreams and if you know what you want, don't be afraid to get after it! Learn more about corps audition dates, locations and more.