Drum Corps Drumline Audition: Staff Expectations

What The Staff Expects At Your Drum Corps Drumline Audition

Drum Corps Drumline Audition blog post by Anthony Huerta, DCI-WC HP

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This blog post will shine some light on what the drum corps drumline audition staff expect from you as a performer and what they are looking for.  Take the drum corps tips in this post to help you gain a better understanding of HOW to audition at your drum corps drumline audition.  

Drum Corps Drumline Audition:  What Staff Instructors Are Looking For

The staff at the drum corps drumline audition are looking for performers that show positive performance.  They're looking for individuals that are going to successfully going to be able to complete an entire drum corps summer tour and provide a great addition to their organization.  Ultimately, they staff are looking for well rounded individuals who they can trust by proving themselves through rigorous tests during their drum corps drumline audition.

The staff are NOT looking for the best hands, best stick tricks, or best dance moves.  They're looking for HOW successful and mature you can perform all the tasks they request from you.  Take the entire drum corps drumline audition from top to bottom as a full critique of your ability and contribution.

Drum Corps Drumline Audition:  What Staff Instructors Expect

At any drum corps drumline audition, the staff expects the highest level of performance at ALL times.  From simple warm-ups, to complex exercises, to marching moves, you are constantly being evaluated by the drum corps staff.  Best drum corps drumline audition tip:  never get comfortable.  Always take everything you do: from warm-ups, to playing, as a test.  Always be on your toes and stay COMPETITIVE. 

The drum corps drumline audition staff want enthusiastic performers that are willing to work hard and work smart.

Drum Corps Drumline Audition:  What Staff Instructors WANT

The drum corps staff all around want confident WELL-ROUNDED performers.  The days of only being able to play and not move are NO longer acceptable.  You can have the best hands in the world but if you can't march and play, then your chances of getting accepted at your drum corps drumline audition will be VERY slim (almost none).

Yes you do need to have a good amount of skill in your instrument but be sure to spend enough time also practicing how to march, move and play simultaneously.

Try this:

Take your favorite roll exercise:  Now take it on the move.  Make up a small amount of box-type drill you can move while you play it.  

Example: S Box 8-4-4-8 type movement:  

  • Right 8 counts, 
  • fwd 4 counts, 
  • left 4 counts, 
  • fwd 8 counts, 
  • right 4 counts
  • (repeat backwards until exercise is over)

This type of exercise will keep you on your toes and is definitely popular amongst most drum corps drumline auditions.

Also feel free to try other exercises like these to prepare for your drum corps drumline audition to keep you on your toes and set you up for success.

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To your success,

Anthony Huerta, DCI-WC HP

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