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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:42 am



this was acually pretty helpful. im goin to be a snare auditionee at madison. for my first. and then teal. and then carolina. nerves are my problem too. so i'm gonna take all ur advise.
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

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dude i read this and ive got to say you've givind some pretty awesome advice i assume this all applies to indoor as well
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

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Does anyone have any insight on what the BASS audition is like? Do you get the exercises and practice for one drum, or do they move you around, or what?
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

Posted: Sun Sep 13, 2009 12:09 am



Colin, nice job on the guide man. I even learned something :)
Palavalve wrote:Does anyone have any insight on what the BASS audition is like? Do you get the exercises and practice for one drum, or do they move you around, or what?
They move you around, because you aren't going to necessarily make the drum you audition for. It's always better to know each individual part :)
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 8:13 pm



anybody experience the part of the "official" audition where they start making you play stuff outside of the packet like grids and stuff. like i remember last year at crossmen, theybstarted doing other grid stuff that i wasn't as prepared as much as i would have liked to be. so what are the things they have made you guys play at auditions that arent in the packet that i should know.
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

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AjaxHammer wrote:anybody experience the part of the "official" audition where they start making you play stuff outside of the packet like grids and stuff. like i remember last year at crossmen, theybstarted doing other grid stuff that i wasn't as prepared as much as i would have liked to be. so what are the things they have made you guys play at auditions that arent in the packet that i should know.
Well at Crown auditions, Lee Beddis literally said "Hey, welcome back. Play something for me".

I choked.
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

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wturner901 wrote:
AjaxHammer wrote:anybody experience the part of the "official" audition where they start making you play stuff outside of the packet like grids and stuff. like i remember last year at crossmen, theybstarted doing other grid stuff that i wasn't as prepared as much as i would have liked to be. so what are the things they have made you guys play at auditions that arent in the packet that i should know.
Well at Crown auditions, Lee Beddis literally said "Hey, welcome back. Play something for me".

I choked.
what did you play?
i would've done eights =)
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

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wturner901 wrote: Well at Crown auditions, Lee Beddis literally said "Hey, welcome back. Play something for me".

I choked.
I would have shat myself man. What did you do?


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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

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AjaxHammer wrote:
wturner901 wrote:
AjaxHammer wrote:anybody experience the part of the "official" audition where they start making you play stuff outside of the packet like grids and stuff. like i remember last year at crossmen, theybstarted doing other grid stuff that i wasn't as prepared as much as i would have liked to be. so what are the things they have made you guys play at auditions that arent in the packet that i should know.
Well at Crown auditions, Lee Beddis literally said "Hey, welcome back. Play something for me".

I choked.
what did you play?
i would've done eights =)
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

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ottomagne wrote:
AjaxHammer wrote:
wturner901 wrote: Well at Crown auditions, Lee Beddis literally said "Hey, welcome back. Play something for me".

I choked.
what did you play?
i would've done eights =)
This. Simple and unexpected. That'll make you stand out right there.
"This."
is that a ram or something or did you mean "this" as in eight on a hand?
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

Posted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:19 am



Great guide...ye I have went to the first spirit camp in 08 ended up trying for cymbals after really botching the individual part of the audition. Didn't make either. But uh...it's a real humbling experience to see 50 people AS good as you . It really comes down to who wants it most. Marty Hurley once told me at a camp...it's 90% mental, 10% physical. I believe it.


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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:45 pm



well I'm a sophomore in High School, when would you recommend going to your first audition?
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

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AjaxHammer wrote:
ottomagne wrote:
AjaxHammer wrote:
what did you play?
i would've done eights =)
This. Simple and unexpected. That'll make you stand out right there.
"This."
is that a ram or something or did you mean "this" as in eight on a hand?
This as in eights. Sorry for the clarification issue :lol:
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

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RyanTenor9834 wrote:well I'm a sophomore in High School, when would you recommend going to your first audition?
now, so you can know what to expect when you're finally good enough to make a corps.
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 6:20 pm



most bass auditions roll like this.

You pick your drum of choice when you get the audition music and such, i would recomend you learn multiple. like 1 and 2, 3,4 or 4,5 that way if they switch you you'll be ready.
you'll have an individual audition on your drum of choice, pick your best one.
you'll play through it as a group. when playing through the beats ASSUME YOU ARE RIGHT AND EVERYONE ELSE IS WRONG unless you know you got off, or got slow. etc. when i auditioned at the Xmen, there were only like 5 of us that could actually play the part. and it looks better if you can play the part with random noise in the backround. normally you'll be with 1 or 2 total hacks that wont be able to play the part as a unit.
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drum through more music, at this point they'll sort u into lines. you can normally tell what number you are from that, (you obviously wana be in the line with the vets)
and it basically works like that, they give you a rating 1 2 or 3,
3=go somewhere else
2 = go back to the next camp if you think you've got a shot, otherwise go somewhere else
1=congrats ill see you this summer

if you get called back past the 2nd camp and your pretty sure you still dont have a spot, i would E-mail around and see if you can send in tapes elsewhere.




i would advise talking to one of the vets beforehand to, that would have helped me alot. find out if theres a vet (i might be able to help on a few.)

dont be cocky, play confidently, TECHNIQUE (like seriously), Timing, SOUND QUALITY. all the good stuff

better attitude + work ethic > hands

DONT SUCK!!!! basically. and have everything memorized
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

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AjaxHammer wrote:anybody experience the part of the "official" audition where they start making you play stuff outside of the packet like grids and stuff. like i remember last year at crossmen, theybstarted doing other grid stuff that i wasn't as prepared as much as i would have liked to be. so what are the things they have made you guys play at auditions that arent in the packet that i should know.

yeah i was there, note there were 2 basses who could actually play the grids who wernt vets lol.
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

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this is the best advice i've seen yet...I'm a sophmore in HS whos been marching for 5 years('05-b3, '06-b2, '07-b2, '08&'09-tenors) and my second year(?!?!?!?), my instructor stressed the fact that i should try out for a corps......i KNEW i wasnt ready and i was only like 13 anyway, and the best bass there was...so now i'm finally taking his advice(Spirit!)...i REALLY want a bass part(though this is my first time trying out, it'd be a miracle if i got it).....i love bass more than tenors and i've got the splits down, but my only problem is that i have MAJOR issues w/ flams...I dont completely murder them like i used to, mainly because i have been working harder than i ever have at this...i want to march corps at least ONCE before i'm too old...soooooo......how do i NOT get cut at the first camp? thats like, my only goal right now.........i would love to march Spirit, but ya know....small steps...
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iQuad =] wrote:this is the best advice i've seen yet...I'm a sophmore in HS whos been marching for 5 years('05-b3, '06-b2, '07-b2, '08&'09-tenors) and my second year(?!?!?!?), my instructor stressed the fact that i should try out for a corps......i KNEW i wasnt ready and i was only like 13 anyway, and the best bass there was...so now i'm finally taking his advice(Spirit!)...i REALLY want a bass part(though this is my first time trying out, it'd be a miracle if i got it).....i love bass more than tenors and i've got the splits down, but my only problem is that i have MAJOR issues w/ flams...I dont completely murder them like i used to, mainly because i have been working harder than i ever have at this...i want to march corps at least ONCE before i'm too old...soooooo......how do i NOT get cut at the first camp? thats like, my only goal right now.........i would love to march Spirit, but ya know....small steps...
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PanasonicYouth wrote:they're going to get annoyed with some guy that answers "yes, sir" to every single question
This guy auditioned at Capital for snare. The staff decided they liked it and it ended up being a whole corps thing throughout the whole summer, even though the kid got cut.


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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

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dcbd wrote:
iQuad =] wrote:this is the best advice i've seen yet...I'm a sophmore in HS whos been marching for 5 years('05-b3, '06-b2, '07-b2, '08&'09-tenors) and my second year(?!?!?!?), my instructor stressed the fact that i should try out for a corps......i KNEW i wasnt ready and i was only like 13 anyway, and the best bass there was...so now i'm finally taking his advice(Spirit!)...i REALLY want a bass part(though this is my first time trying out, it'd be a miracle if i got it).....i love bass more than tenors and i've got the splits down, but my only problem is that i have MAJOR issues w/ flams...I dont completely murder them like i used to, mainly because i have been working harder than i ever have at this...i want to march corps at least ONCE before i'm too old...soooooo......how do i NOT get cut at the first camp? thats like, my only goal right now.........i would love to march Spirit, but ya know....small steps...
Don't let them know you are wrong. Get good at snare parts. Learn to split singles. Mark time to any time signature. Manchops. Grids.


the grids and marking time shouldnt be a problem...i've learned to do that subconsciously so i can concentrate on the music and sound quality and such...(in January on wednesday nights i practiced w/ JSU's bassline and that worked WONDERS) ...Manchops isnt perfect yet, but its almost there...with the individual tryouts, everyone keeps saying to play eights...should i just go with that? is there a specific piece we have to play for them? i bought the book for Spirit about a month and a half ago, and the last 3 pieces dont exactly look like warmups...more like, well, audition pieces...i have about 17 days til tryouts, so do i work on warmups, or the pieces?
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2009 8:49 pm



how many people are usually there for a bass audition?
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hotbeats645 wrote:how many people are usually there for a bass audition?

i would like to know this also please =]
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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

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iQuad =] wrote:
hotbeats645 wrote:how many people are usually there for a bass audition?

i would like to know this also please =]
It depends on the corps, i've been to an audition where only 7 people showed up. I've been to another where about 15 showed up. From friends at other corps it seems pretty much standard to expect 15ish people for bass for top 12 world class. Top 5, there are usually closer to 25. Hope that helps, any other bass questions, i can give out some info. PM me.
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dcbd wrote:
iQuad =] wrote:
hotbeats645 wrote:how many people are usually there for a bass audition?

i would like to know this also please =]
It depends on the corps, i've been to an audition where only 7 people showed up. I've been to another where about 15 showed up. From friends at other corps it seems pretty much standard to expect 15ish people for bass for top 12 world class. Top 5, there are usually closer to 25. Hope that helps, any other bass questions, i can give out some info. PM me.

crossmen had 20-30 last year

i believe blue stars also had like 30+

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Re: The Official Guide: Auditioning for a Drum Corps

Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:55 pm



you know i asked myself why i wanted to join bluecoats the other day and well i couldn't come up with an acceptable answer. like all i could think of was stuff like "Marching here will make me BA." that wasnt exactly what i had but it was on the lines of it. well what are some things you guys would say? cause I really really do want to march with the coats but i just dont know what to say if they are going to ask me stuff like that.
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