Travis Strickland, 21 Schoolcraft College Legends Trumpet, 2009-2010 How did you choose your corps? I chose Legends in 2009 because I knew a staff member who had told me of a spot that was open. It was February at the time. I had thought that my chance to audition for a corps was over until I got word from the staff member. I went to check it out, and I was hooked. What was the experience like the first time you auditioned for a corps? It was like I was welcomed into the Legends family from the first day. It simply awed me. It was a great challenge, and personally I love a challenge. It gave me a chance to prove I could do what was placed in front of me. What's the best way to prepare for an audition? In my opinion, the best way to prepare is to know your instrument and be able to sight-read music at a decent level. Be able to play any audition pieces given to you ahead of time, and most importantly, be yourself. Don't pretend to be someone you're not. What would you say to someone who is unsure whether or not to audition for a drum corps? Go check it out, give it a shot and audition. If you make it, welcome to the family. If not, use it as a learning experience. Corps staff will give you thorough feedback on how you did. Use that to get better and come back next year to try again. Any other advice? Other than being yourself, all I can say is have fun. If you audition and don't initially make it, keep your eyes and ears open later on for any spots that open up in the winter or spring. You may get another chance to be a part of the family. Learn more about corps audition dates, locations and additional info.