Submitted by the Crossmen:

Over the last two weekends, more than 300 students from around the world made their way to Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio, Texas or Central High School in Keller, Texas with the goal of learning more about what it takes to be a member of the Crossmen.

In an effort to expand opportunities for students throughout the state of Texas, the Crossmen offered two experience camps this year, in addition to their December audition camp. The San Antonio camp was held over the Thanksgiving holiday, and this past weekend saw the Crossmen hitting the road for Dallas to setup camp.

Experience Camp attendees enjoyed a weekend of instruction by the Crossmen staff, an opportunity to spend some time with current veteran members of the Crossmen, the chance to sleep on the gym floor and eat off the food truck. Both weekends culminated in a memorable show-and-tell presentation of everything they had learned and worked on Sunday afternoon.

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Submitted by the Cadets:

Halfway into the Cadets Experience and Audition Camp and 17-year-old Taylor O'Neill could genuinely say he had learned more in percussion technique than he had picked up in six years of playing.

The marimba player from Haddon Heights, N.J., was one of nearly 150 musicians and performers who last weekend attended the corps' first camp for the 2008 season at Penns Grove High School in Carneys Point, N.J.

The Cadets Experience Camp welcomed high school and novice drum corps hopefuls to spend the weekend and see if being a part of a World Class corps is something they might want to pursue.

Setting themselves apart from other DCI corps that customarily hold very large, one-time audition camps in the late fall and early winter, the Cadets traditionally hold two more intimate, back-to-back weekend camps when laying the foundation for a new season.

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Submitted by the Glassmen:

Over the November 23-25 weekend, several very excited, motivated and dedicated young men and women from all over the United States, Great Britain and the Netherlands came to Toledo, Ohio for an opportunity to be a part of Northwest Ohio's own Glassmen.

Coming off of a highly successful color guard audition camp that was held a couple of weeks back in Arlington, Texas, the Ohio camp was the second of four scheduled audition weekends, and it certainly proved to be a very exciting start to the Glassmen's 2008 season.

Glassmen brass arranger, Don Hill, shared his impressions of his first weekend with the organization; "I was really impressed by the depth of the kids, and the level of teaching I witnessed from the brass staff. The horn line will be in very good hands this season."

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