Rachelle Sellen, 18 Mt. San Antonio College Pacific Crest Mellophone, 2008-2009 How did you choose your corps? Choosing this corps was a little spur of the moment. I had two pretty good friends that were members of Pacific Crest in 2007, and they told me I would have a lot of fun there and that it would be a great experience. It was coming close to audition time and I wasn't really sure if I wanted to go. I thought that I wasn't good enough and that I would get cut from the first round of people auditioning. The week of the auditions came around and the day before they started I decided to attend. I figured there would be nothing to lose, and little did I know at that point that I would earn a spot in the corps. I had a great experience, and I learned life-long lessons. In your experience, what's the best way to prepare for an audition? Practice your heart out. Even though it can get tedious and tiring to do all of that preparation, you need to practice consistency to have a great audition. What can a prospective corps member expect when he/she shows up for an audition weekend? Be prepared to have fun! The first time you auditioned, was the process different from what you expected it to be? Yes, I thought that it would be pretty strict environment and that I wouldn't enjoy it, but it turned out to be pretty laid back and I had a great time. What do you think is most important for someone to take away from the audition experience? Take time to meet people and make a lot of new friends. The staff members will teach you many valuable lessons, so learn everything that you can from them. Any other advice? Approach your audition with confidence. If you go in with the feeling that you're the best at what you do, you'll be that much closer to making it into the corps. Learn more about corps audition dates, locations and additional info.