The Akron Armory was filled with people and the air of anticipation. Family and friends as well as fans from the tri-state area filled every seat. The excitement of the final play-offs was top of mind and the three drum and bugle corps represented were tuning up in the wings. The Eagle’s Nest Drum Corp from Pennsylvanian, The People’s Drum Corp from Illinois and the Ohio Buckeye Drum and Bugles Corp were prepared and ready for the evening. What does it take to get to this point, and farther in a competition?
With the 2015 season behind us, corps are actively recruiting new members. Since there are thousands of entries nationwide and only a handful of elite corps, a marketing and web design company is hired to attract the most talented and dedicated men and women. It takes hours of practice and commitment to get to the level of participation that is required to be in a top notch corp. Sure, the music, the individuals and the teamwork all combine to support the thrill that makes up the base of any group, but pride is at its core. Personal pride and pride of home and country.
Therefore, when deciding which drum corp to join, the first thing you need to do is go their website and learn as much about them as you can. If you think you already know enough, take the time to peruse several other drum and bugle corp sites and do some comparison shopping.
Keep in mind that you will be putting in even longer hours than you did when in the high school or college group you loved. You will be learning new techniques and calls that have to be so smooth they begin to show up in your dreams. The point here, is that it’s important to choose wisely if you want to give it your best.
To march in any drum corp is an honor, but if you are eyeing the international clubs, then it’s important to keep a few things in mind.
- Age requirement. Maturity is required for a reason. Not until the age of 22 will the international clubs even take a serious look at you. Sowing wild oats and wanting to continue any bad habits is not an option. Maturity is a key component.
- If you are on the field then, you are an athlete. Taking training seriously means staying in good physical shape. Your drills will call for mental and physical. Maintaining a healthy diet shows as a positive in the eyes of the judges.
- Willing to work as a unit. Lending a hand to keep the organization running smoothly is everyone’s job. Individual’s egos play the role of confidence, but team interaction is the lifeblood of any corp performance, on or off the field. Keep in mind the unit needs to be able to rely on you for the overall success of the group.
- Ask for help when you need it. Based on the premise that we’re all striving for a the common good, if you are finding a part of the process difficult, then be willing to ask for help. There is always someone who has been exactly in your position and is willing to assist.
- Auditions are not set up to unnerve you. No doubt most of us go into an audition anxious, but the judges are there in support of your efforts.
There are great tips all over the internet for how to audition well for the corp of your dreams. The best tips this author can give you are – Stay present, give it your best – and enjoy!