The Audition Process: FAQs
Answers to your questions about upcoming auditions
When and where are the camps
- The first Cadets
and Cadets2 Audition Camp for color
guard and percussion will be
held during the weekend of November 16 -18 at Woodstown High School in
Woodstown, NJ. This will be the only color guard camp until April. Specific
details about this camp are available here.
- The brass
audition camp will be held in conjunction with the second percussion audition
camp the weekend of November 30 – December 2 at Woodstown High School. Specific
details are available here.
I come to the Nov. 16-18 combined camp, do I need to attend the Nov. 30 – Dec.
2 audition camp?
not mandatory, we do recommend it. The second camp will be the first
full-ensemble camp of the season with the current members present. New material
will be covered, and our staff would also get another chance to interact with
you and see how well you fit into the corps. If you can’t make it, don’t worry,
just come to the next one, but generally speaking, your odds do tend to improve
when you attend more camps.
What should I wear?
We won’t venture outside until the weather warms up, so the only
warm clothes you’ll need will be to get to and from the airport. Most people
wear exercise shorts and a T-shirt or tank top to rehearsal. Tennis shoes are
required, as there will be a marching block on Saturday for brass and
percussion. In case the school is chilly, dressing in layers is a good idea, so
you may want to bring a pair of sweatpants and a hoodie with you as well. Color
guard members will dance as well as spin, so be sure to wear pants that you can
move around in and tennis shoes.
Do I need to bring my own
That would depend on the instrument and your method of travel. We
realize that checking bags has become an extra airline expense, but at the
earlier camps, it is very possible that there will be more auditionees than
instruments. Therefore, if you’re driving to camp, we kindly ask that you do
bring your own instrument if at all possible. If you’re flying, it’s still a
great idea to bring an instrument, especially if you play a smaller horn. In
the event that there aren’t enough Cadet instruments to go around, we won’t let
you go all weekend without one, but there’s a possibility that you might have
to trade off with someone.
How do I reserve a place at
#1 - Fill out the Information Request form to receive email updates and information from The Cadets.
- Follow ensuing e-mail instructions for Membership Application through the
Cadets CorpsData website. Please keep your CorpsData profile updated and
accurate throughout the fall season.
- Send in the Registration Fee and the Audition Camp Fee to the YEA! office in
Allentown by check (payable to YEA!).
- Once your Registration Fee is paid, an email invitation will be sent to
RSVP travel details through the CorpsData system.
Can I look at the Audition Packet before commiting to the $100 Registration Fee?
Yes. Audition packets for your section may be downloaded separately for $15.
What if I have a conflict, and I
absolutely can't make it to the Audition Camp?
Contact Patrick Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your situation. We are
glad to work out an alternative, but early communication is very important to
give everyone a fair opportunity.
Should I bother coming to
camp if I haven’t played my instrument very long?
YES! This isn’t just about making the
corps, it’s about becoming a better musician, learning from a great staff, and
meeting other people just like you from all over the world. You will learn
a ton and you will have a great time!
How do I get the
All you have to do is pay the Registration Fee and we'll send you the appropriate audition packet with your respective audition material.
What is the audition process
We don't believe in the
traditional "cut" system that many organizations use. You are at the
audition camp for experience and feedback, and we will do our best to send you
home feeling great about your weekend! At the camp, each auditionee will have
the opportunity to work with a staff member in a private lesson/audition setting. At the end
of the weekend, each auditionee will be assigned a rating, with specific tips
for improvement and a suggested course of action:
1 - You are ready to become a Cadet...start making plans for camps
and summer tour!!
2 - We see potential, but we need you to work on a few specific areas and
come to the next camp!!
3 - We don't feel that you're ready to become a Cadet this year, but we
will do our best to provide recommendation to other corps, private instructors,
and feedback for improvement.
What is the color guard
brass and percussion auditions, the color guard audition is not a one-on-one
evaluation. The caption supervisor and instructional staff will observe all
auditionees throughout the weekend and give out spots at the end. Because the
color guard won’t be attending any camps between November and April, our guard
staff will be as clear as possible about whether or not you made the corps
during audition weekend.
How often do alternates get
happens a lot for various reasons. Things come up throughout the spring
semester; some people may decide not to march before the summer. Sometimes
members get hurt during spring training. As an alternate, we can’t promise that
you’ll get a spot, but it’s likely that you’ll end up marching if you work hard
and stick it out through the camp season.
Do I need to bring a music
at all possible, this is a great thing to bring. Stands at Woodstown HS are
always limited, and while you can always share with someone, your playing
experience will be more comfortable with your own stand!
Do I need to bring my own
for the audition camp, we suggest bringing your own mouthpiece. Eventually,
each section will use the same mouthpiece, but won’t happen until the line is
more or less set.
Can I audition on a French horn
or another non-drum corps instrument?
this is a drum corps audition, other instruments are rather irrelevant. We
greatly appreciate your musical talent, but odds are, we won’t be marching
trombones. Gino Cipriani and the brass staff simply need to make sure that you
are skilled on the instrument you are auditioning to play. However, they will
give you suggestions based on tendencies you may have developed on your primary
instrument and address any concerns you may have about taking a summer off from
your primary instrument.