A message to anyone thinking about trying out for Drum Corps.
JUST DO IT!
This is such a common question among young (and sometimes older) performers. If you have any interest in marching DCI or an Independent WGI ensemble then the next audition is the one you should be at.
Don't wait until "the time is right". Most people who audition do not feel prepared until after they've experienced what it is like to audition at the World Class level. Having the experience of a world class staff evaluating you on an individual level is massively beneficial. Here are the three main benefits of auditioning (Leaving out the potential benefit of you receiving a spot within that ensemble.)
1. The Experience of preparation.
Nothing lights a fire under your butt like knowing you have an audition coming up. Along side learning and preparing all of the necessary materials, The added pressure of an audition can be used as motivation.
2. The Experience of the actual audition
While at the audition camp you will be exposed to a multitude of new experiences. Playing within a world class drumline is much different than at any other level. You will be surrounded by like minded individuals who all share your passion and drive. You will be able to learn a lot from those auditioning as well as the staff.
3. The staff's feedback
This is one of the best takeaways of auditioning. For a lot of people this in person evaluation is a rare occurrence. Even if you are fortunate enough to have an instructor, this staff can tell you exactly what you need to work on to be considered for a spot in their ensemble. This information is vital to your progression as a performer.
"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly" - Robert F. Kennedy