Thursday, October 06, 2011 - 10:30 PM
I'm a Trumpet player looking to start Drum Corps soon. My dream is to work hard enough to be in The Cavaliers before I too old.
I don't feel very comfortable that I'm at a good level in skill for a corp like The Cavaliers. I still struggle with the basics, and have no Drum Corps experience. I'm just really debating on the camps/auditions. It's going to take a small hit on finances and getting there. I live in Maryland. I know I'm probably on my own for the camp/flight fees, but am I able to receive any help with transportation? Also, say I flew to one of the two camps, will both provide a bus from the respective airports to the camp sites and back?
I already ordered the information packet and the audition book. I've heard the camps are a good representation of The Cavaliers in general, so they give people an idea of how they work throughout the season. How true is this? Will I come out of the camps learning something even if I don't get in?
It's also a bit scary for me. I may try some other Drum Corps (DCA, DCI Open) before trying for Cavaliers, but I only have about 3 years to do so. So I don't know how to plan it out (I don't expect anyone to answer that. I'm just explaining my situation.)
Finances will definitely take a big hit if I ever did DCI. Is there help with that as well?
I'm just nervous, a bit paranoid, but hungry for Drum Corps. I love the "marching band" activity, and want to do more and be challenged through these kinds of groups.