We are happy to announce the audition dates and locations for the 2019 season of The Cadets. Whether you are joining us for the first time or you are hoping to return for another season, we are excited to have you. Signing up is in three simple steps.
There are no upcoming camps for this season. Check back soon for new audition information.
Registration and event fees cover the cost of food, housing, instruction, shuttles, and administrative needs. These can be paid online, through the mail, over the phone, or at the door on the day of your event. The one-time registration fee is $125. Each full-weekend audition and rehearsal camp is $150 if you sign up online and $175 if you sign up at check-in. If you attend a single day audition in Florida or Texas the event fee is $75. Audition material is required for all members and is $25.
The 2019 membership fee covers your uniform, equipment, transportation, food, housing, and instruction for the upcoming season.
The Cadets membership fee is $4200 for all members. There will be opportunities to save up to $500 by paying early as well as fundraising and possible scholarships.
All of the corps' equipment will be available at the camps, but there will be a lot of people there as well, particularly at the November Combined Audition. If necessary, we will rotate instruments between musicians throughout the weekend. The only way to guarantee yourself an instrument all weekend long is to bring your own. We do understand that it can be difficult to fly with certain instruments, so please use your judgment as to whether this pertains to your section. If you are driving to camp, please bring equipment with you. Also, please bring a mouthpiece and music stand with you if possible.
For remote auditions in Florida and Texas, you are required to bring your own equipment. The Cadets will not provide equipment for these events.
We don't believe in the traditional "cut" system of some other organizations. 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 a one-on-one evaluation with a staff member. Based on that audition as well as staff observations throughout rehearsals, our caption supervisors will personally speak with each auditionee at the end of the weekend, assigning them a rating of 1, 2 or 3 and giving specific tips for improvement and a suggested course of action.
Rating 1 - You're ready to be a Cadet. Start making plans for the summer.
Rating 2 - We feel you have potential of being a Cadet but would like you to work on specific things and join us for the next camp.
Rating 3 - We do not feel you're ready to be a Cadet this year but welcome you back to the next camp to continue making yourself better.
Modern drum corps are comprised of 150 performers who range in age from about 14 to 22. Each corps is made up of brass musicians, percussionists and a color guard. They perform an 11-minute program on a standard football field. Programs are extravaganzas of musical excellence, marching precision, color, drama and dance. All members of the corps (except the front percussion ensemble) march in intricate formations which are coordinated with the musical productions.
Brass musicians in The Cadets play on top-quality Yamaha trumpets, mellophones, baritones, euphoniums and tubas.
Percussion instruments include marching snare drums, tenor drums (often referred to as "quads" or "quints"), bass drums in five sizes and stationary "front ensemble" instruments including various drums, cymbals, tympani, mallets (marimba, vibraphone, xylophone and chimes) and electronic synthesizers.
The color guard adds color and drama through the coordinated use of flags, rifles, sabers and dance. The modern color guard is as much a dance ensemble and storyteller as it is a precision marching unit.
Whether at the winter camps or out on the road this summer for a couple of days or weeks, we couldn't do what we do without an amazing team of volunteers, and we would love for you to get involved.
Visit our volunteer page for more information.
All staff will base their decisions on ability and adaptability. Staff will look to see how quickly candidates can receive and apply information. During horn arc, sectionals and individual auditions, staff will listen for the following:
The corps has a full line of marching instruments, but due to the number of candidates auditioning, there may not be enough instruments to go around. For this reason, please bring your own marching instrument if you have access to one. You have the option to audition on any brass instrument of your choice, but staff will need to hear you on a bell front marching instrument during the Brass Routine and horn arc. Though you may bring your concert instrument to play for your audition, no french horns or trombones will be allowed in brass arcs. Concert tubas are acceptable if there are not enough marching tubas for each player.
If you are attending a remote audition location in Florida and Texas, you are required to bring your instrument. The Cadets will not provide brass instruments at these locations."
If you are driving to camp, please plan to arrive at the camp site by 7 p.m. on Friday evening.
If you’re taking a plane, bus or train, please plan to arrive at the airport in time for a 5 p.m. pickup on Friday evening. (We will pick you up whenever necessary, but this will ensure that you arrive at camp in time for registration and rehearsal.)
NOTE - Please refer to the event page for the camp you are attending for shuttle information and to ensure you fly to the correct airport.
Plan on leaving the school around 4 p.m. on Sunday. Please book all departures from the airport after 7 p.m. on this day.
All travel by plane, bus and train should be booked to arrive and depart from the airport listed on the event information page for the camp you are attending.
Absolutely! We just need to know your travel arrangements. About one week before camp, we will email you a shuttle request form to collect your travel information. If you have any questions about shuttles, view the event information page for the camp you are attending or contact email@example.com.
Audition packets contain tons of information about The Cadets, tips, exercises and techniques, and much more. It is an essential tool for anyone interested in becoming a Cadet.
All that attend an audition camp in submit a video audition are required to purchase the audition packet.
Join the Facebook Audition Groups to meet veterans and others who are auditioning and ask questions!
The Cadets Audition Group
The Cadets - Trumpet Auditions
The Cadets - Mellophone Auditions
The Cadets - Baritone Auditions
The Cadets - Tuba Auditions
The Cadets - Battery Auditions
The Cadets - Front Ensemble Auditions
The Cadets - Color Guard Auditions