November marks the unofficial start to the 2007 season as many corps start to host their annual auditions. has asked directors and staff members for their tips to help you on your way to becoming a member of the world's most elite and exclusive marching music ensembles. Practice hard and good luck!

Santa Clara Vanguard; July 29, 2006; Atlanta, Ga.
While preparing for an audition play in front of a mirror, use a metronome, know the program ahead of time, play in front of your friends, and ask advice from you current instructors. Come audition day, you can expect to learn about a corps' educational program and rehearsal techniques. You'll also have one-on-one time to show off your talents and can expect to have fun meeting new friends with the same common interests.

- Lee Beddis, Carolina Crown percussion supervisor/arranger. Check out a list of audition dates for the corps you want to join.