Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need previous experience?
SHORT ANSWER: Yes and no.
What happens if I don't make it?
SHORT ANSWER: Then you don’t make it.
What happens if I make it?
SHORT ANSWER: Congrats.
What If I’m Still In High School?
SHORT ANSWER: You’re still eligible—but you better communicate
How do Payments work?
SHORT ANSWER: Payments are made biweekly and are due the Friday night before our Saturday rehearsal of a “Payment Week.”
Can I get cut midseason?
SHORT ANSWER: Yes. Absolutely.
When is the cutoff date to sign up for auditions?
SHORT ANSWER: There is no cutoff date other than the audition itself.
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What are the age requirements to audition?
ANSWER: No younger than 12 and no older than 22 by April 1st of the season in question
MAY I ATTEND just for the clinic?
SHORT ANSWER: There will not be a clinic option this year. But you are welcome to “audition.”
The Big One…
What about drum corps audition conflicts?!
Communication and moderation
Look, we're all one family—drumming is drumming. We want you to find success beyond Vegas Vanguard and achieve your dreams whatever they may be. We also understand that both activities have evolved to a point where they're demanding your time simultaneously and it can become stressful. Luckily, all parties understand what it means to make a prior commitment and that, after all, you are drumming and learning regardless of possible audition/preseason conflicts.
Therefore, our policy is a simple process:
At the time of your Vegas Vanguard audition registration, you will list the potential Drum Corps for which you will audition
If you have their audition & camp dates, you will list them ALL on your registration or provide them immediately via email to your director upon their release.
You will be allowed to list two (2) Drum Corps for which you will audition.
You will be allowed a first audition for both Drum Corps
You will then be allowed one (1) callback for your Drum Corps of Choice (if applicable)**
Should you earn a contract with your drum corps, discussion between you and your director will take place in person to determine a schedule that suits Vegas Vanguard the best, as it is our active season and your Drum Corps' preseason. Your future drum corps organization will understand this justification, as the diplomatic relationship between Drum Corps and Indoor Ensembles has been active for many years.
If necessary, your director will advocate with and for you to your new Drum Corps' director.
**our reasoning for this is that we simply cannot afford your absences by virtue of a string of failed auditions and callbacks as you vie for a spot at one corps after another.
MORE FAQs to come
Since we are still building this site, more FAQs will be added. Your questions, questions at auditions, and other items will slowly make this list. If you have any questions not answered here, go to our Contact Us page and reach out.