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2023 Crossmen

2023 Drum Major eXperience Camp and Auditions

Drum Majors can now sign up for the Dec 16-18th Drum Major eXperience and Audition Camp in the San Antonio area.    When you register for the camp, you will receive the Drum Major Packet which includes information on how to prepare and audition. If you would like to learn, grow your skills and meet other Drum Majors, this is a great chance for you (you do not have to audition). Our staff includes former drum majors and band directors that will work with you. If you would like to audition, this camp is your first step towards the 2023 Crossmen!    If you have any questions, please contact us at info@crossmen.org.

Register Now for Drum Major Camp! >



2023 Audition Process overview for Brass, Percusion and Guard:

Register, Audition, Call Back

1. Register to get your packet & Info

---   When you register, you will receive your audition packet.  It contains all the information on music, skills and the details of the audition process.   It also gives you access to tools like eXtra help videos from the Brass instructors, Cymbal technique videos etc.  
---   By registering, you will receive all the information on the path to be a 2023 Crossmen including camp information, sign ups, regular updates etc.
---  Early registration will be a discounted rate of $75 (normally $99)

Register Now! >

2. Audition and eXperience Camps

After you have registered, you have multiple options on how to Audition:   Weekend camps, one-day camps & Video Auditions

You will have the opportunity to attend eXperience & Audition Camps that occur in November and December in various locations across Texas.   One-day camps are $99 and weekend camps are $149.  The Houston Camp (Nov 12), the Ohio Cymbal Camp (Nov 20) and the San Antonio Audition Camp are open now for sign up.  Other dates, location and sign ups are coming soon.

Video Auditions are also available for those who cannot make an in-person camp.   Early sign up will be a discounted rate of $75 (normally $99).    

Sign up for a Video Audition - Register today! > Houston Nov 12 Brass and Percussion one day camp - Registration closed>Houston Nov 12 Guard one day camp -Registration closed>Ohio Cymbal Camp Nov 20th - One Day Camp - Register now!>DFW Brass & Percussion Camp. Dec 4th - One-Day - register now! > Allentown PA Brass Camp Dec 4th One-Day - register now!>San Antonio Audition Camp Dec 16-18th - Register now!>

3. Call Back and Contracts

In general, Students are highly encouraged (but not absolutely required) to attend one or more of the November/December in-person Camps to enable the instructors to get to know you more and for you to have more experience with the material and methods. This will increase your chances of being a part of the 2023 Crossmen.

Guard:   Contracts will primarily be awarded during the December 16-18th camp in the San Antonio area. Some contracts may also be awarded from Video or other camps.   

Brass and Percussion:  Based on your skill level demonstrated at Audition camps or Video Auditions, you will be invited to the Jan 13-15 Call Back camp in the San Antonio area.   Some contracts will be awarded at the December 16-18th camp, and the rest of the contracts will be awarded at the January Call Back camp. 

Jan 13-15 Brass&Percussion Call Back - Register here>


Below is a description of the Audition Timeline

October - December 2022

1. Register:  Get your audition packets and more info on the audition process
2. Audition:   Pick one or more options --  eXperience & Audition camps in November and/or Video Audition

An eXperience & Audition Camp is either a 3-day (Friday evening - Sunday afternoon)  or one-day camp.  These camp enable students who are just looking to learn and have the drum corps eXperience as well as those that would like to audition.  

eXperience & Audition camps will be in November &  December.   

--  We have eXperience Camps in Houston (All Captions), Allentown PA (Brass), DFW (Brass & Percussion) and Ohio (Cymbals).   A few contracts will be award at these, as well as invites to the Call Back Camp in January


--  On Dec 16-18th there will be an Audition Camp in the San Antonio area.  Some contracts will be awarded at this time as well as invites to the Call Back Camp..  This is the Guard's last in-person camp of the audition process (they do not have a January camp)

January 2023

Brass and Percussion:  Based on your Audition Camp, you will be invited to the Call Back Camp January 13-15 in the San Antonio area, the is when rest of the contract decisions for the 2023 Crossmen are made.   

Full Corps:  start the physical fitness program

February - March 2023

Brass will have an in-person camp February 24-26 as well as video sessions in February and March.  

Percussion will have video sessions.  

Guard:  increase your skills in your respective winter guards

All Captions have weekly assignments and physical fitness programs.

April 2023

April 28-30 --  All Caption in-person Camp in the San Antonio area

Mid-late May 2023

2023 Move-in!  (location to be announced later)

Other Info:

DCI's age limit is 21 years of age with one exception. Corps members who turn 22 on or after June 1 are eligible to march during that year. Minimum age is typically 16 years of age (we did have a couple 15 year old last season).   In 2022 our average age was 19 years of age.

Crossmen is made up of members from all over the world.  In 2022, Crossmen members came from 23 states and 3 countries.

Crossmen is a fully vaccinated Corps

How do I get an audition package?  Sign up on the interest form above and we will send you more information when it is available

How do I sign up for an eXperience camp?   Sign up on the interest form above and we will send you more information when it is available

Instruments:  For camps you bring your own (or your schools) instrument.  In the spring, we will have brand new Yamaha instruments for you!    Tubas can bring a sousaphone if you do not have access to a marching tuba.

One Day camps typically start at 8pm and end at 6pm

Weekend camps typically start around 5pm on Friday and are typically done by 3pm on Sunday.

If you would like more info or have questions, please email info@crossmen.org

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