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Auditioning on different instruments

Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:58 pm



So a friend and I have been wondering about the topic of auditioning on an instrument you've never actually marched before. Do DCI/WGI lines care about your past experiences or do they just care if you have the hands/feet to meet their demands. For example, would they cut someone who has all the chops and feet to play tenors simply because they've only played snare in the past?


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Re: Auditioning on different instruments

Posted: Sat Jul 29, 2017 7:41 am



If you're good enough for the instrument, they won't cut you just because you haven't played it in the past. The new pit instructor at my school played tenors and snare through high school and college, and then went to Phantom Regiment and played marimba with no prior (marching band) experience. That said, people with more experience on the instrument are usually better, so there's that.
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Re: Auditioning on different instruments

Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:49 am



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Re: Auditioning on different instruments

Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:43 pm



For example, would they cut someone who has all the chops and feet to play tenors simply because they've only played snare in the past?
If they have all the chops and feet to play tenors, they have a decent chance of making tenors. If you're competent enough on the instrument you're auditioning on, you have a shot. However, if you're of equal skill of someone who has marched that instrument before, the person who's marched before will land the spot.

It depends on what spots the staff are trying to fill and where your skill sets are. I know a guy who never once played bass drum in school who proceeded to march bass drum for a summer (he auditioned on tenors, by the way).

I imagine this being easier at lower-tier groups that may have a search a little more to fill spots. Today, most world class lines are generally set by January or so.
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