Drum Corps International
Work hard and simply do your best

Work hard and simply do your best

by Drum Corps International


Casey Lindorfer
Casey Lindorfer, 18 Boise State University Santa Clara Vanguard Baritone, 2008-2009 How did you choose your corps? There is a saying that goes something like this: You don't choose Santa Clara Vanguard, SCV chooses you. I went to the SCV November audition camp and after that I knew where I wanted to march. The staff at Vanguard is very good, but that is not what really got me. I was a member of a family when I was at that audition camp, and it did not matter that I had not marched in a corps before. If you are auditioning for SCV, you are part of a family and that is how SCV chose me. In your experience, what's the best way to prepare for an audition? Know your stuff. Have all the audition music memorized, and be prepared for anything. You need to be at the top of your game musically. From a visual standpoint be prepared for a workout. It is good to do some training for the auditions like running, jump roping, light weight lifting for endurance, and build your core strength. What can a prospective corps member expect when he/she shows up for an audition weekend? The first item on every audition schedule is registration. Following that a corps generally breaks into sections with the horns playing in an arc, the drums doing their thing, and the color guard working on the gym floor. Generally everyone will also spend time doing visual basics. By the end of the audition camp the staff will notify everyone about their current standing with the corps. The first time you auditioned, was the process different from what you expected it to be? I basically went into my audition not knowing what to expect at all, so it was not much different. Were you nervous at your audition? I was extremely nervous to the point I was shaky. I just had to play through it and did my best. All you can worry about is doing your best. What do you think is most important for someone to take away from the audition experience? Use the audition to learn how to work hard. It's an important concept and something you can take away from the drum corps experience that you'll be able to apply to other areas of your life. It's all about hard work and dedication. Any other advice? Have your music memorized and play it to the best of your ability. My best marching advice is to make sure that your feet are in time. Do what the visual staff teaches you to do to the best of your ability. Do not goof off. Just work your hardest and do your best. Show that you want to be there. Simply do your best and listen. Learn more about corps audition dates, locations and additional info.