2022 Auditions

AUDITION IN 2022

Join the Boston Crusaders in 2022! This season we are holding one-day auditions in Indianapolis, Dallas, San Antonio, and Orlando, or you can send us a video!

Begin by picking your audition location, then download your packet to begin practicing! Each packet purchase comes with a complimentary code to our Backstage on-demand video service for behind the scenes and educational content. Plus, our staff and veteran members are nearby to provide feedback and critique as you progress through the packet. Just join your section’s Facebook Interest Group or submit a FREE feedback video to our staff. You don’t have to be registered for an audition to begin participating!

The 2022 Boston Crusaders will see a return to full in-person rehearsal camps, plus ALL contracted members will be invited to perform in the 2022 Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade this March! After attending an in-person audition or submitting your video audition, our staff will notify you if you have been selected to attend our January camp (brass and percussion.) Color guard members who receive a callback will attend final auditions in April.

REMAINING AUDITION DATES

Auditions are ongoing! Attend any live one-day audition or submit a video audition.

SAN ANTONIO – NOVEMBER 27TH

Brass and Percussion

Seguin High School
9 am-4 pm
Price: $150
Early bird pricing ended on 11/20

REGISTER

ORLANDO – DECEMBER 11TH

Brass and Percussion

Lake Howell High School
9 am-4 pm
Early Bird Price: $125
Price increases to $150 on 12/4

REGISTER

VIDEO – BRASS AND PERCUSSION

Submit by 11/28 at 11:59 pm ET

Price: $150 (Early bird deadline passed)
Details and submission requirements below

SUBMIT

VIDEO – COLOR GUARD

Submit by 12/15 at 11:59 ET

Price: $150 (Early bird deadline passed)
Details and submission requirements below

SUBMIT

  

PREPARE

 

PURCHASE PACKET

The most important part of your audition is the packet! Purchase your downloadable audition packet to receive the technique exercises, warmups, and show excerpts that will be evaluated at the in-person audition camps. Plus, each packet provides access to our Backstage video service so that you can see the exercises in action!

Purchasing a packet is required for all brass and percussion auditionees. There is no packet for color guard. More information about audition requirements and process is provided within the packet.

Download

PURCHASE PACKET

The most important part of your audition is the packet! Purchase your downloadable audition packet to receive the technique exercises, warmups, and show excerpts that will be evaluated at the in-person audition camps. Plus, each packet provides access to our Backstage video service so you can see the exercises in action!

Purchasing a packet is required for all brass and percussion auditionees. There is no packet for color guard. More information about audition requirements and process is provided within the packet.

Download

 

JOIN INTEREST GROUPS

Before registering for an audition you can meet and interact with veteran members and staff, ask questions, and post progress videos by joining your section’s interest group on Facebook! Our staff and veteran members will be available to provide critique, answer questions, and provide advice before your audition!

Find your section’s group below!

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VIDEO FEEDBACK (OPTIONAL)

Everyone is welcome to submit a FREE feedback video for evaluation by our staff before their audition. Use this opportunity to check your progress on the audition packet or show off your skills with your own prepared piece! After submitting, a staff member will reach out with feedback to help you prepare for your in-person or video audition.

This is NOT the same as a video audition. If you wish to formally audition by video, please follow the guidelines and submission process here.

Submit

OPTIONAL VIDEO FEEDBACK

Everyone is welcome to submit a FREE video audition for evaluation by our staff before the in-person audition weekend. Use this opportunity to check your progress on the audition packet or show off your skills with your own prepared piece, we want to see what you have! After submitting, a staff member will reach out with feedback to help you prepare for your audition weekend.

Please note that this is NOT a video audition. If you would like to formally audition by video, please click here.

Submit

THE 2022 SEASON

 

JANUARY CAMP

Mid to Late January

Brass, battery, and pit will gather for a full weekend production camp in Texas in January. Date, location, and more information will be announced later this winter.

IRELAND TRIP

March 11-19th

Brass, battery, pit, and color guard are invited to perform in the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade! This trip is optional and most costs are covered for 2022 members.

MORE INFO

BRASS/PERC APRIL CAMP

Late April

Our final production camp for brass and percussion will take place in Texas in late April. Date and location will be announced later this winter.

GUARD APRIL CAMP

Late April

The color guard will meet for a final camp in the Indianapolis area in late April. Date and location will be announced later this winter.

SPRING TRAINING

Mid-May

The summer begins in Castleton, VT! All 2022 members will move into Castleton University in mid-May to begin spring training. Exact dates for each section will be included in your membership handbook. After a month of spring training, the corps will set off on tour in mid-June.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What sections have open spots?

We are currently auditioning members in all brass, percussion, and color guard sections. We have openings for trumpets, mellophones, baritones, tubas, snare drum, tenors, bass drum, marimba, vibraphone, synth, timpani, and flags & weapons.

How do I audition?

Begin your audition with four easy steps:

  • Register for a one-day audition or video audition
  • Purchase your brass or percussion audition packet
  • Join your Facebook Interest Page to interact with staff and veteran members
  • Submit an optional feedback video to check your progress (this is NOT a video audition)

How do I prepare for my audition?

Begin by downloading an audition packet and then practice, practice, practice. Your audition packet contains all of the music you will need to prepare for an audition with the Boston Crusaders. Audition requirements for each section are listed within the packets, but typically brass and percussion will be required to prepare select exercises from the packet for evaluation in an individual and group setting, plus a piece that exhibits your individual strengths. Brass candidates will also be led through a visual block and evaluation.

Color guard auditionees will be evaluated on flag and weapon basics, tosses, and technique. You should be prepared to learn choreography for body and equipment and show off any special talents you may possess. Read more about guard requirements here.

What are the audition fees?

Cost to audition includes a $25 audition packet for brass and percussion plus audition registration fees. One-day and video auditions are $125 with the early bird discount. Prices increase to $150 the week before each audition date or deadline.

Do I need to bring my own instrument or equipment?

If you have access to an instrument or color guard equipment, please bring it with you to auditions. We have a limited amount of brass and percussion instruments available. If you do not have an instrument, please bring your own mouthpiece.

Will there be housing, meals, or transportation provided?

No, there will be no overnight housing or transportation provided for one-day audition dates. Auditionees are required to arrange their own transportation from airports if necessary. However, there will be housing and transportation provided for the full weekend rehearsal camps in January and April and the Ireland trip.

There will be no meals provided during one-day auditions. There will be two 1 hour-long meal breaks for lunch and dinner. Attendees are encouraged to either bring packed meals or order out. All audition sites are centrally located near local businesses and restaurants.

Can I participate without auditioning?

Yes. The best way to get a feel for the audition process is to start now. It is never too early to start working towards your goals. Students are allowed to join Facebook pages, submit feedback videos, and attend audition dates without formally auditioning.

Is there a minimum age to march with the Boston Crusaders?

Our membership ages range from 16-22. Our average age is 19.5 years of age. For members under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must be involved in the process from auditions through contracting and membership.

What will the 2022 season be like?

Camps:

Brass and percussion:

  • January: Mandatory weekend camp in San Antonio,TX. Date TBA
  • March: Optional but recommended trip to Dublin, Ireland March 11-19th
  • April: Mandatory weekend camp in San Antonio, TX in late April.

Guard:

  • March: Optional trip to Dublin, Ireland March 11-19th
  • April: Mandatory weekend camp in Indianapolis, IN. Exact dates TBA

Move-Ins:

Mid-May through Mid-June

The 2022 Boston Crusaders’ spring training will take place at Castleton University in Castleton, Vermont from mid-May through mid-June. While rehearsing at Castleton, members reside in dorms and eat in the campus dining hall, with an end of day snack provided from the corps’ food truck. Castleton University provides ample rehearsal space including indoor facilities, multiple outdoor fields, and a turf stadium. We enjoy very comfortable spring temperatures and the members have one night off per week for rest and relaxation.

Tour

Concludes August 13th

After four weeks of move-ins, the 2022 Boston Crusaders will embark on a tour that is approximately eight weeks long from mid-June to August 13th. The corps will travel the country via coach bus and house in high schools and college campuses. The corps will perform on the 2022 Drum Corps International summer tour and several special performances including parades and concerts. Between rehearsals and shows, members will enjoy free days to explore cities along the way. The season will culminate at the 2022 DCI World Championships in Indianapolis, IN.

What is the tuition cost?

Tuition for new members is $4,900. Full tuition information, including payment plans and returning member discounts, will be communicated to contracted members as soon as it is available. Returning members receive discounts for multiple years with the organization.

Your tuition includes:

  • Housing, food, and education for camps, spring training, and tour.
  • Instrument/equipment
  • Transportation from airport(s) to camps, spring training, tour
  • Uniform/costume including performance shoes
  • End of season banquet.

While the cost of the Ireland trip is not funded by membership tuition, all contracted members are invited to perform in the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day parade. Members are financially responsible for airfare to/from Ireland, a $200 camp fee, and spending money.

Will COVID-19 vaccines be required to participate?

Yes. Proof of your original vaccinations AND booster will be required to be eligible to participate this summer. The only exception is to provide documented evidence of a medical exemption from a medical professional. Vaccination deadlines and more information will be communicated to contracted members throughout the winter.

Questions? Email us at info@bostoncrusaders.org

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