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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

Posted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 12:07 am



That Hula sectional is EPIC
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

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wturner901 wrote:That Hula sectional is EPIC
It was pretty sweet. Especially since all the local high school kids and some old ladies were watching us.
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

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schupsss wrote:
wturner901 wrote:That Hula sectional is EPIC
It was pretty sweet. Especially since all the local high school kids and some old ladies were watching us.
and john and adam didn't have theirs :P
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

Posted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:35 pm



I'm planning on audition for a corp this summer for the first time, but i'm still a bit confused on the audition process and how the camps work. So... could someone help clear up this audition process? :D
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

Posted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:42 pm



wturner901 wrote:That Hula sectional is EPIC

Hell yeah! We had a quad luau sectional at cabs this summer
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It was pretty awesome, haha.
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

Posted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:28 pm



so i am most likely going to a blue stars camp this season? tips for a first timer. i'll also try to send a video in before going, for some feedback.
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

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For those who have auditioned for/made bass - I'm auditioning for bass, well, obviously haha. I prefer top (twss), but I've heard they move people around to see who fits where. Should I learn first and second and maybe third (my ability to handle the weight is doubtful), or should I expect to be moved around all five for the hell of it?
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

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waffley wrote:For those who have auditioned for/made bass - I'm auditioning for bass, well, obviously haha. I prefer top (twss), but I've heard they move people around to see who fits where. Should I learn first and second and maybe third (my ability to handle the weight is doubtful), or should I expect to be moved around all five for the hell of it?
Go ahead and learn the parts for the top three. Most lines will move people around a lot and you come off looking much more prepared If you know more than one part. Some lines don't care about putting a short person anywhere in the line, and some lines would only put a short person on top. It depends on where you're trying out at lol. But for audition purposes, knowing more than one part is always a good thing.
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

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nicklawls wrote:
waffley wrote:For those who have auditioned for/made bass - I'm auditioning for bass, well, obviously haha. I prefer top (twss), but I've heard they move people around to see who fits where. Should I learn first and second and maybe third (my ability to handle the weight is doubtful), or should I expect to be moved around all five for the hell of it?
Go ahead and learn the parts for the top three. Most lines will move people around a lot and you come off looking much more prepared If you know more than one part. Some lines don't care about putting a short person anywhere in the line, and some lines would only put a short person on top. It depends on where you're trying out at lol. But for audition purposes, knowing more than one part is always a good thing.
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

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wturner901 wrote:That Hula sectional is EPIC

Hell yeah! We had a quad luau sectional at cabs this summer
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It was pretty awesome, haha.
We had the same palm tree actually, except it was really deflated. It was a pit thing, we'd always put it somewhere random. When we found it, we put it on Justin's board (the center) and Amanda flipped out (in a good way), because apparently they had one at Crown a couple years ago lol.

Needless to say, Awkward Palm Tree became a big thing.
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

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Wow, this thread has helped so much. thanks collin!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

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This thread definitely has helped me. I'm living the next 10 months of my life according to that pdf and everything else mentioned on here. Next season, I'm trying out for Platinum and Surf, but I'm a player in the front ensemble who wants a spot on marimba/vibes. What are some of the exercises I should focus on? I'm already doing variations of articulations setup sort of like a grid, as well as double laterals, on "all fours", and the exercise "Rain" as well. Is there anything else?
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

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mobwars wrote:This thread definitely has helped me. I'm living the next 10 months of my life according to that pdf and everything else mentioned on here. Next season, I'm trying out for Platinum and Surf, but I'm a player in the front ensemble who wants a spot on marimba/vibes. What are some of the exercises I should focus on? I'm already doing variations of articulations setup sort of like a grid, as well as double laterals, on "all fours", and the exercise "Rain" as well. Is there anything else?
dude why not try out this season?
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

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I've got so much stuff going on right now at school, (I'm a Junior, so this year is kinda sorta really important and lame ass excuse, I know) and I'm still saving up for tour fees next year as well as audition fees by working two jobs. Plus, I'd rather take the time I have between now and winter 2011 to improve.
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AWA wrote:I KNEW there was something wrong!

There's no such thing as kinetic force.
*facepalm* I should have realized this. /potential physics major fail
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

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mobwars wrote:I've got so much stuff going on right now at school, (I'm a Junior, so this year is kinda sorta really important and lame *beep* excuse, I know) and I'm still saving up for tour fees next year as well as audition fees by working two jobs. Plus, I'd rather take the time I have between now and winter 2011 to improve.
ok, well I know I'll have a hard time convincing you that the other stuff isn't a problem, but I can tell you right now that without a doubt, you will improve much more over a season of drum corps than you will otherwise, even if you get cut and end up playing rack or something. A summer of drum corps experience is better than sitting on the couch eating cheetos and occasionally getting out the pad during the summer.

Also you would think audition season is over, but it's totally not. Email caption heads of corps near you, ask if there's spots open, chances are there will be. You just gotta know where to look and who to ask. People get spots literally during the season in some cases, and it happens all the time. Nothing is really set until finals night lol
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

Posted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 4:26 pm



Yeah I know. I'm taking private lessons from a guy who marched a surf a while back, and he's telling me to do the same, but I really can't. It's more of a parent issue than anything. They'll let me do it next year, but not this year.
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AWA wrote:I KNEW there was something wrong!

There's no such thing as kinetic force.
*facepalm* I should have realized this. /potential physics major fail
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

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mobwars wrote:Yeah I know. I'm taking private lessons from a guy who marched a surf a while back, and he's telling me to do the same, but I really can't. It's more of a parent issue than anything. They'll let me do it next year, but not this year.
Ah, indeed. Well if that's the case, and you do want to do it this year, I would suggest you get in contact with the director or the caption head and have one of them talk to your parents about working around some of the difficulties they see in doing it. Guaranteed they will have some nice sounding answers for them lol
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

Posted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 8:10 pm



Here's a question for you?

Is it worth going to a camp when you have no expectation of actually making the corps?

I started playing snare last October, and started drum line period just this past season. I'm a sophomore in high school right now. I'm hoping to march DCI the summer after my senior year, but I'm also really considering going to an audition camp for Cascades and maybe OC next year, my junior year. With any luck I'll make snare for the local parade line this summer, so that will give me a lot more experience.

I'm assuming the answer is "YES, you will improve greatly even if you don't make the corps" so I don't know why I am actually asking this :p
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

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Buranri wrote:Here's a question for you?

Is it worth going to a camp when you have no expectation of actually making the corps?

I started playing snare last October, and started drum line period just this past season. I'm a sophomore in high school right now. I'm hoping to march DCI the summer after my senior year, but I'm also really considering going to an audition camp for Cascades and maybe OC next year, my junior year. With any luck I'll make snare for the local parade line this summer, so that will give me a lot more experience.

I'm assuming the answer is "YES, you will improve greatly even if you don't make the corps" so I don't know why I am actually asking this :p
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 8:32 am



Something I think Colin should add to the thread: You will get better at auditioning by doing everything in the thread, but it will also help to GO AUDITION. Auditioning is an experience, and expecting to make the line your first time... you might freak out at some point since it's new to you. (Not literally.) Go to a lot of auditions, be familiar with the process. You'll learn how to do things on your own wherever the rest of the advice on this thread doesn't cover it.
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:28 pm



very helpful. thanks.
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 7:05 pm



How many people would one be competing against for say a 9-person Snareline at The Cavaliers?


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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

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DiddledGinger wrote:How many people would one be competing against for say a 9-person Snareline at The Cavaliers?
upwards of 50
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:27 pm



Timartin wrote:
DiddledGinger wrote:How many people would one be competing against for say a 9-person Snareline at The Cavaliers?
upwards of 50

Probably closer to 75 or so, I'd imagine.
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:43 pm



bltsponge wrote:
Timartin wrote:
DiddledGinger wrote:How many people would one be competing against for say a 9-person Snareline at The Cavaliers?
upwards of 50

Probably closer to 75 or so, I'd imagine.
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