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CROSSMEN DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS FAQS

Here are a few frequently asked questions concerning the Crossmen DCI audition process. Simply click on a question and you’ll be directed to the answer at the bottom of this page.Still have a question for us?  Please send us an e-mail with your question >

WHERE DO PARTICIPANTS STAY DURING A CROSSMEN EXPERIENCE CAMP?

All members will be staying, sleeping, rehearsing, showering, and eating at the school selected for the audition. Members will sleep in the gymnasium of the school and shower in the school’s locker rooms. Meals are obtained from the Crossmen food truck. It will be a full drum corps experience!

CAN I AUDITION TO BE A DRUM MAJOR?

Crossmen and Contempo Leadership’s Drum Major & Leadership camp is held in January. All looking to gain more experience as a drum major and overall leader are welcome to attend. More information and registration for this camp can be found here >

WHAT TIME DO EXPERIENCE CAMPS USUALLY START AND END?

Check in for experience camps start at 6:00 P.M. of the camp weekend, with an introduction meeting at 8:00 P.M. Camps typically end on Sunday of camp weekend at 2:00 P.M. after our eXperience showcase performance, which begins at 12:00 P.M. Satellite/One-day camps typically run from 8:30 A.M. - 6:00 P.M and are subject to change. Schedules will be sent to all registrants no later than a week prior to each camp.

WHAT IS THE AUDITION PROCESS LIKE?

For more information on the audition process please visit our info page here >

SHOULD I BRING MY OWN EQUIPMENT OR INSTRUMENT?

Percussion
BATTERY - Although we would like to have all campers on a drum if possible, understand that there are usually more campers than drums. We will supply Crossmen's drums, but we encourage all campers to bring their own equipment if possible. Please bring a practice pad as well. FRONT ENSEMBLE - No, the front ensemble will utilize the corps instruments during camps. We do ask that you  bring your own set of varying mallets.
Brass
Yes, you are encouraged to bring your own instrument and mouthpiece. Corps-owned brass instruments are not issued until the camps during the spring when contracts will be issued.
Color Guard
Flags will be provided to everyone. Some weapons will be provided to those who would like to audition for a spot, but feel free to bring your own, especially if you are driving to camp. Gloves are acceptable for spinning, but are not required.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO CAMP?

Please wear and bring athletic-type clothing and shoes during your time at an experience camp. This will help your mobility during stretching exercises and visual portions of the experience camp. Please avoid bringing jeans or other clothing that may be restraining. If you are auditioning for a color guard position, please wear black comfortable clothing for dance and movement.

DO CROSSMEN PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION TO CAMP?

While you are responsible for your travel arrangements, Crossmen do provide transportation to and from the airport and bus station.

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SUMMER TOUR?

Information on our annual summer tour, including travel details, can be found here >

DO I NEED TO ATTEND ALL EXPERIENCE CAMPS?

It is not required to attend all three experience camps, but anyone is welcome to do so if they want a maximum educational experience. To be considered as a member of Crossmen, all members must attend at least one experience camp and all rehearsal camps from Dec - May. Dates for spring camps will be posted soon!

HOW ARE MY CAMP FEES USED?

Camp and auditions fees help with corps operations during the camp weekends to pay for facility rental during camp weekends, meals provided to all members during the camp, hiring World Class instructional and design staff to provide an amazing educational experience.

WHERE DO I SIGN UP OR MAKE A PAYMENT?

To register for an experience camp, please visit our registration page >
To make a payment, please visit our payment center >

I HAVE NEVER MARCHED OR AUDITIONED FOR A DRUM CORPS; CAN I ATTEND A CAMP?

Of course! Our experience camps are designed to help introduce drum corps and the audition process to new members of the activity. You will have an educational experience like no other and you’ll meet the hard working people known as the Crossmen family. Make sure you register today by visiting our registration page >

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