I'm so scared... SoA auditions are this weekend and I may not be able to go because of winter storms. I don't know if I'll be able to make it...I think I'm going to cry...
Communication is key, staff is aware that there’s weather coming that may cause trouble for some people. Let your caption head know you’re in an area with possible inclimate weather, they’ll tell you what to do.
aw man. I'm in guard, which is why I figured it would be a big deal because ground rolls and stuff. it's bad, like touch grass and I'm covered in hives head to toe. do you know any corps that practice on turf fields?
Everyone does now and then, but I don’t think there’s anyone who specifically only does turf. Especially since there’ll be shows over the summer where the fields are grass.
I'm gonna go to an audition camp for the experience but I can't actually join a corps until next year. If I get a callback, would the corps think less of me if I tell them I can't do it this year?
ummmmmmmmmmmmmmm maybe tell the staff straight up that you’re going for the experience, it’s not like they’ll tell you to leave camp. They’ll keep your name in case something happens and you’re able to march this summer.
Stupid question but what's a corps contract and how does one get this?
Not a stupid question at all :) The contract is what you receive (by email usually) when you earn membership to a corps. They’re usually sent out anytime from a few days to a week or more after a camp, along with callbacks and cuts.
What are some ways I can show the staff that I want to do this and that I have a positive attitude?
Be attentive when they’re talking, take in all the information. Ask if you have a question about anything. If they correct you on something, make the fix immediately. Eye contact and all that good stuff.
Why do I keep getting a crackly buzz on my mouthpiece?
Sounds like an air leak from your lips. Tighten your corners and maybe adjust the placement of the mouthpiece on your chops. For me, mine is offset a little to the right, I get that buzz if it’s in the direct center.
I know you probably really don't care, but i was talking to my friend about how I wanted to be a Phantomette, and our director over heard us, and he told me that he thinks I can because of my technique and dedication and i think I'm actually going to cry my heart out I'm so happy
see I graduated last year but I'm living at home cause of college. to get to the Colts camp its like a 10 hour drive (13 with the current roads) i mean i guess i could just ride my Contra case to camp :P
Are you in the drum corps rides facebook page? You can check that out to see if there’s anyone willing to carpool with you.
How might I go about having a Band Director being super not into me doing DCI, I'm still in High School and my BD is not into me doing it at all. When I told him I was invited to the next audition camp he was just like "oh cool" he just doesn't seem to like the idea of me marching a corps...
It happens sometimes when you’re not a senior. Some kids miss a lot or all of band camp and some kids come back with an attitude. It wouldn’t hurt to talk to him one-on-one about any concerns you both might have.
For 3 years I thought all I really wanted to do was march DCI, but after my first audition camp last week (got a callback), I am beginning to second guess myself. Was there ever a time where you or someone you knew wondered if you should actually march? Maybe it is just trying to keep up with school and work and stuff though. I don't know, I just want to know if other people have felt the same way.
Yeah definitely. I would just watch a video of a corps show though and remind myself that I’d get to do that during the summer and I couldn’t quit before the season even started.
Even if you think you probably wouldn't get into a certain drum corps, would you still recommend auditioning, and going out for it anyways trying your best?
Definitely! You never know til you try, plus you’ll see what they’re all about and you’ll get your name/face familiar with the staff and vets.
We had a guy audition for 2012 and didn’t make it. He auditioned in 2013 and since the vets remembered him, we were able to talk with the staff, got him a contract, and he turned out to be a great member.
So I'm really regretting not auditioning this year even by video, my family doesn't support my involvement in the marching arts at all so money is an issue, but they've gone as far as taking away every known means of transportation possible to get to camp, i still want to try and make a later camp for colts maybe or SOA but considering i live in bumfuck nowhere northern minnesota its hard. what would you do if you were being blocked off from what you love?
I’d find a way to do it anyways. However I’m 18+ so it’s a bit easier for me than it would be for someone still in high school.
Sorry this is sort of an awkward-ish question, but you've probably gotten worse. I got a contract with a corps this year, but i have this problem where my thighs chafe a lot when I march for too long. I guess when it's hot and sweaty and they rub together a lot it just sorta happens but it gets to the point where it's too painful to move at all and I'm really worried about what I'm going to do during tour because I don't know how to get it to not happen. Any ideas on what to do? :P
GOLD BOOOOOOOOOOND will help a lot. If it gets worse, tell someone on staff and they can get some super-power anti chafe stuff.
“Remus Dobby Potter, you were named after the two people who actually gave a shit about my well being. One of them was a house elf and I’d much rather see you become that than a fucking Slytherin. Don’t come back unless you’re wearing red and gold you little shit.”
I have really bad social anxiety, and every time I hear the words "audition" or "playing test" it gets worse. Last year I went into band auditions, had a panic attack in the middle of it, and completely screwed it up, even though I had been practicing for weeks. Even playing our tuning notes makes my heart race. I know that I need to get over it somehow, but nothing seems to help.
Normally you’ll have some time to yourself before your audition time. Use it to calm yourself down and breathe. When you get to the audtion, chances are a staff member will be in there to get to know you and help you feel at ease. Remember, they’re there to help you.
So my corps just had our banquet thanksgiving weekend, and me and the other rookie tuba both got awards, mine was titled "most likely to take a very expensive horn and drop it on its bell 30 minutes before gate time" and his was "most likely to break their arm 2 weeks before championships" both of witch actually happened. i don't know how to fell about this lol
Hey so I know you've answered a lot of questions relating to self harm scars and drum corps auditions. I've decided that auditioning will be worth it, but I'm still pretty self-conscious about my scars and hiding them really isn't an option. Do you have any advice for how to get over the self-consciousness?
Really nothing to it but to do it honestly. It’s like jumping into a pool, you could ease in awkwardly and uncomfortably or just jump in and enjoy the water.
To the anon: A hospital (usually just the ER) or a walk-in clinic is usually how people are treated on tour because of how people's insurance is set up or speed of care. I had to go to two ERs in 2012 because that's what my insurance accepted and I was in a different state each day.
Last year I marched an open class, and this year I auditioned for a world class. I just got my audition grade back, and I got a callback. I'm considering going back to open class because I don't want to make it to the next audition and then get cut, or get listed as an alternate, but all my friends are telling me to not go back to open class and to do world. Suggestions on what to do?