2020 Auditions

Do you have what it takes to join Music City?

Becoming a member of the Music City Drum Corps will transform your life. Guaranteed. Our performers spend a summer working harder than they’ve ever imagined, pushing beyond their limits, all in the pursuit of perfection. They become athletes, world-class musicians and masters of performance. They also learn from some of the country’s best teachers, forge friendships that will last a lifetime, and develop a uniquely refined set of skills in leadership, teamwork and mutual respect that will pay off for decades to come. Discover the exhilaration of delivering your peak performance before screaming thousands in the nation’s largest arenas. Earn the confidence and pride that only comes from being your best. Join a family that will have your back for years to come. See if you have what it takes to be Music City.


Eligibility

This activity is focused on the development and growth of young performers. There is a limited time you are eligible to participate as a member of a drum corps.

To participate in the audition experience process:

  • You must be at least a freshman in high school
  • You must have parent/ guardian permission

To be a member of Music City Drum Corps:

  • You must be a fearless and committed performer
  • You must be 15 to 21 years of age or turn 22 after June 1
  • You must meet the requirements below

Requirements

In order to participate you must meet the following requirements:

  • Spending your summer touring the country performing for thousands takes a ton of hard work and talent. Music City is looking for performers focused on perfecting their craft in the marching arts.
  • Undertaking a 12,000-mile national tour with 154 performers, staff, administration and support staff requires a significant investment. Each contracted performer is required to fulfill their financial obligation in a timely manner.
  • This is one of the largest time commitments you will ever have. All performers are required to attend winter camps and be on tour everyday from early summer move ins until we finish at DCI Finals. Exceptions for camp must be school related performances, WGI Regional commitments or have the approval of the corps director.
  • Music City is here to advance the marching arts as well as develop young leaders. You must comply with our member handbook and follow our policies and procedures. We will be living and traveling together for the summer, and we are committed to treating each other with respect.

What to Expect

Over the course of the Audition Experience weekend you can expect a lot of information from our World Class education team. We want each student to walk away with an incredible experience full of fresh information. What you choose to do with that information is up to you.

We will have a mixture of veteran members and other performers auditioning for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th time along with our first time performers. This creates a melting pot of experience and a great social experience for all.

It’s a long weekend so you can expect to be completely drained by the end of Sunday. Give it your all. This is a taste of what the first four weeks of the summer feel like.

Music City Youth in the Arts and MCDC take pride in creating a safe place for all students to hone their craft and thrive as performers.


What’s Next

Register

Do not be afraid to walk through the door. Be Fearless. Be BOLD! If you aren’t sure if you can make it or if this activity is for you, there is only one way to find out!

Get to Work

Start with the audition materials and go SLOWLY! You want to display a mastery of the material at your audition experience. Ask questions and learn as much as you can along the way.

Join the Facebook Pages

Connect with our community. This is the perfect place to get to know other people who are passionate about your activity. This is the perfect place to ask those questions and look for outside feedback.

Attend Camp or Submit Your Video

REGISTER

If you are invited back to the next camp:

  • Register and pay for the following camp. Each camp will include a $150 camp fee. If you are offered a contract these camp fees are included in your summer dues.
  • Prepare for each camp like it is an audition. The most prepared, most improved, most passionate performers are going to win the day!
  • Communicate with your section leader, instructors, caption heads and administration team on any and all conflicts.
  • Be prepared to fulfill the financial requirements if and when you are offered a contract.

If you are offered a contract:

  • Begin paying your summer dues.
  • Prepare for each camp like it is an audition. The most prepared, most improved, most passionate performers are going to win the day!
  • Communicate with your section leader, instructors, caption heads and administration team on any and all conflicts.
  • Get your sports physical and all required paperwork submitted for the summer.

What to Bring

Overnight Gear – Sleeping bag, air mattress or camping pad, pillow.

Shower Gear – Towel, shower essentials, contact lenses, glasses etc.

Rehearsal Essentials

  • Horn Line: Instrument, mouth piece, audition materials in a 3 ring binder, pencil, ear plugs, rehearsal gloves (available at camp)
  • Percussion: Sticks/ Mallets, audition materials in a 3 ring binder, pencil, ear plugs, drum pad
  • Color Guard: Color Guard: Black audition attire, black or naked colored rehearsal gloves (Do Not Bring Equipment)

Personal – With a small suitcase or backpack bring any required medications, contact lenses, ear plugs, physical wraps or braces, socks and underwear. Do NOT bring ice skates, toaster ovens or bowling balls. (that’s a joke, it’s going to be a little bit of fun)


Camp Schedule

Audition Camp Nashville December 6-8 Full Corps
Video Audition (online) December 15
January Call Back Nashville January 17-19 Brass & Percussion Only
February Camp Nashville February 14-16 Brass & Percussion Only
March Camp Nashville March 20-22 Brass Only
April Camp Nashville April 24-26 Full Corps
Early Percussion Move In Nashville May 17
Summer Move In Nashville May 22 Full Corps

Financial

The cost of traveling with a group this size is ever increasing. We require all performers be paid in full before embarking on this incredible experience.

  • Veteran Members will be expected to fulfill a dues rate of $3,250.00. This does not include the initial audition experience or winter camps prior to being contracted.
  • First Year Members will be expected to fulfill a dues rate of $3,500.00. This does not include the initial audition experience or winter camps prior to being contracted.

To help stay on track and fulfill all financial requirements before moving in the following schedule has been created. (Should a performer have to cancel their commitment there is a prorated return rate with a NO REFUND policy date in place.)

Date Vet 1st Year
January 31 $700 $700
February 21 $700 $700
March 27 $700 $700
April 24 $700 $700
May 22 $350 $700
Total  $3,250.00 $3,500.00 

Parent Info

Travel

Attendance is required for each of our winter camps as well as early summer move ins. All camps and move ins are in the Nashville area. Please plan on flights into Nashville, BNA. We will have airport shuttles for camps and move ins. There will be a transportation request sent out in advance of each weekend to ensure all travelers are picked up.

Summer

We will have approximately four weeks or “pre tour” before we hit the road. This is typically two weeks in two different locations. It is our version of band camp. In the third week of June we will host a Friends & Family event to kick off our 2020 tour. From there we will travel approximately 12,000 miles up and down the east coast to Texas towards Atlanta back up the east coast and ending in Indianapolis, IN for DCI Finals. All rehearsals are open to the public and we encourage friends and family to come out to support our hard working family of performers.

Health & Safety

As a touring youth ensemble we take seriously the responsibility of creating a safe environment for our performers, staff and volunteers. We have a detailed student, staff and volunteer handbook we expect everyone to live by. We also require a criminal background check for all staff and volunteers spending more than 24 hours with us. In accordance with DCI and MCYA we have several ways for students, parents, staff and volunteers to report misconduct including https://musiccitydrumcorps.org/participant-safety/.

All of our member and staff, volunteer handbooks can be found at https://musiccitydrumcorps.org/about/policies-procedures/.


Begin the Registration Process

You will need the order number from your payment to complete the registration form. Go to the Music City Shop to pay for your registration and pick up audition packets.

Audition Camp

December 6-8

$175 – $195

  • New Participants
  • Former Members

Video Audition

Through December 15

$125

  • Prospectives with Conflicts
  • Color Guard

Audition Packets

Available Online

$0

  • Brass
  • Percussion
  • Color Guard