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Wanna march? DCI corps auditioning for 2014 season

Drum Corps International logo OCTOBER 29, 2013 — It's not too early to set your sights on summer 2014. As the fall season for high school and college marching bands nears the end, drum and bugle corps are already looking ahead to next year. Units that compete on the Drum Corps International summer tour will hold auditions for prospective members in November and December.

Approximately 40 competitive DCI corps are located throughout North America, representing nearly 20 states and several Canadian provinces (see the corps links below). The geographic spread from coast to coast means there is almost certainly a corps based in your region.

And with the emergence of DCI's "Sound Sport" program, there are now additional opportunities to march with units that will carry lower tuition fees and lighter touring schedules.

A consistent crowd favorite, Jersey Surf will have an expanded tour in 2014 with more Midwestern dates than in recent years. Plan Ahead
For a solid start to your drum corps experience, offers three suggestions:

Check It Out – If you're not sure whether marching in a DCI corps is for you, attend an audition camp to experience corps life first-hand. At the very least you'll learn some new techniques and meet a lot of people who share your passion for marching.

Location, Location, Location – Corps typically rehearse at least once per month throughout the winter. Before committing to a corps far across the country, consider whether you can afford plane tickets to attend rehearsals. You may want to choose a corps that's within a reasonable driving distance. Consider carpooling with a friend so you can share expenses.

Start Saving Now – Every corps relies on membership fees to operate the organization and cover the costs of equipment, instruction, buses and food. Develop a plan to save money so you can pay your dues promptly. If you fall behind on payments you could lose your spot in the corps.

The Blue Stars of La Crosse, Wisconsin will celebrate the organization's 50th anniversary milestone in 2014. Eligibility
DCI's competitive rules allow performers to march until they reach age 22. To march during the 2014 season, you must have been born on or after June 1, 1992. (You can still compete if you turn 22 in the midst of the summer season.) If you're over the DCI age limit, consider marching in an all-age corps affiliated with Drum Corps Associates.

2014 Corps News Highlights
DCI frequently publishes corps news and announcements on its website at Some highlights of news for the 2014 season:

• Crossmen (San Antonio, Texas) announced on their Facebook page that the corps will tour the West Coast in early season. This will be the corps' first visit to California since 2007 when the DCI World Championships were held in Pasadena.

• Jersey Surf (Mount Holly, New Jersey) is planning an expanded tour for 2014 which will include more Midwestern events and a first-ever appearance at the big DCI regional in Minneapolis.

• The Blue Stars (La Crosse, Wisconsin) will celebrate the organization's 50th anniversary in 2014.

• After initially announcing plans to go inactive, Music City (Nashville, Tennessee) will be back on the field in 2014 due to fundraising efforts. The corps finished 2013 with its highest ranking to date by advancing to the World Class Semifinals at DCI World Championships.

Audition for a Corps Near You
Below are website links for DCI World Class and Open Class corps, organized by region. Check the individual sites for audition details and to register. Also visit for more information and tips about the audition process.

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