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THIS IS YOUR CHANCE

Congratulations – You’ve taken the first step toward what we hope will be the experience of a lifetime! 

Founded in 1948 by Don Warren, The Cavaliers have been providing young men like yourself with the opportunity to achieve amazing levels of excellence in the performing arts for over 70 years. By auditioning for the corps, you will begin a journey like none you’ve experienced before.

chase your DCI dreams and become a member of one of the most iconic drum corps in history. 

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Eligibility & Requirements


Eligibility & Requirements


ELIGIBILITY OVERVIEW

To participate in The Cavaliers' Audition Experience events:

  1. You must be at least a freshman in high school;

  2. You must have parental permission; and

  3. You must be a male student.

To be eligible for Membership in The Cavaliers:

  1. You must be a male student who is serious about performance;

  2. You must be age 17 by May 31st (max age is 21 / or 22 if your birthday is June 1st or later); and

  3. You must meet the five requirements below.


FIVE REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE CAVALIERS

I. TALENT – The instructional staff will evaluate your abilities on your instrument/equipment, your movement ability, your development and progress over a period of time based on specific criteria as outlined in the audition material.

II. FEES AND PAYMENTS – Payment of member dues is MANDATORY. You need to demonstrate willingness and ability to fulfill the financial commitment as described on the website at cavaliers.org, audition.cavaliers.org and your member contract. We expect payments to be made on time per the outlined financial schedule. Any difficulties in adhering to the payment schedule must be discussed with corps management. Any contracted member (full or alternate) not able to pay their portion of dues on-time per the payment schedule will result in the possible termination of an existing contract/participation agreement, suspension of participation, replacement of that member, or shifting of responsibilities/positions within the organization. There is a NO REFUND POLICY for participants of our Audition Experience Camps or to contracted members to The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps (if either party decides to discontinue the relationship for any reason there will be no refund).

III. ATTENDANCE – You will be expected to attend all winter/spring camps required of your section. (See the full camp schedule.) When you attend an Audition Experience event, you should discuss with the staff any known events that conflict with camp dates. If you have a critical family or school conflict with a camp, notify your caption head(s), as well as the corps management (membership@cavaliers.org) as soon as you become aware of the issue. If we don’t hear from you, we consider the absence unexcused, which could negatively impact your membership status. You will need to clear your summer calendar of all conflicts.

IV. ATTITUDE – You will need to maintain a positive attitude in challenging circumstances. The hours are long and the work is hard. You will be asked to do things that you’ve never done and work harder than you probably ever have. Your ability to stay positive and focused will help you and those around you meet the challenges you’ll face.

V. HEALTH – You must be physically, mentally and emotionally able to withstand the rigorous requirements of practices, performances, and travel. A complete health history and sports physical are required. If you have ANY doubts about this program, please discuss your concerns with corps management and medical staff.

If you are new to the drum corps experience, then this may all sound overwhelming...and it can be.

Keep in mind that many thousands of individuals have successfully faced these challenges before you and found it to be one of the most rewarding times of their lives.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO CHALLENGE YOURSELF – YOU CAN DO THIS!


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GEAR UP


GEAR UP


THE AUDITION EXPERIENCE PROCESS

The Cavaliers Audition Experience events are YOUR opportunity to chase your Drum Corps International (DCI) dreams while learning from the best educators in the drum corps and marching arts activity. This is your chance to meet the entire organization, including our passionate leadership, educational teams, returning membership, volunteers, and alumni.

Auditioning for a group like The Cavaliers can seem overwhelming – There is a LOT to know, learn, and do in getting prepared.  

Take it one step at a time: Ask questions, put in the work, enjoy the process, and put your best foot forward.

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Here's a brief overview of how the process works and what you need to do to get through it successfully.

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STEP 1

SIGN UP FOR YOUR AUDITION EXPERIENCE…YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES! 

Your audition event fee is $175 if you register BEFORE November 1st, that audition fee turns into $225 AFTER November 1st. Returning members to The Cavaliers will pay $150 as an audition fee. Be sure you want to audition as these fees are NOT REFUNDABLE.

Next, select the audition experience event that is best for your schedule and travel requirements. You can sign-up for an experience right here at audition.cavaliers.org or you can visit cavaliers.org for more information on signing up for an audition experience.


STEP 2

DOWNLOAD YOUR DIGITAL AUDITION MATERIALS

  1. Audition Materials are INCLUDED with your Registration Fee. After purchasing the Registration, you will receive a welcome email from EVENTBRITE that has your link for one (1) free download of Audition Materials. Please check your spam or junk mail. This link can take several days to appear.

  2. GET TO WORK. Be as prepared as you can be by committing to a regular practice schedule, asking questions, and sharing your progress in the Facebook Audition Groups.

If you are interested in purchasing Audition Materials separately, each digital packet is at cavaliers.org.


STEP 3

SUBMIT TRAVEL INFORMATION (CHICAGO ONLY)

If you are traveling to the Chicago Audition Experience, you can utilize The Cavaliers' shuttle from O'Hare to the audition site.

Submit your travel info by filling out the form (linked below) BEFORE the deadline for audition camp.

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STEP 4

JOIN THE CAVALIERS FACEBOOK AUDITION GROUPS

Interact with returning members and staff, ask questions, send videos for feedback or just for fun! This is a great way to engage with individuals in the organization so that you can get to understand the audition process.


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STEP 5

ATTEND YOUR AUDITION EXPERIENCE

  1. Come prepared for the weekend with a positive attitude;

  2. Give yourself plenty of opportunities to perform in front of others;

  3. Take in and apply as much information as you can;

  4. Stay calm and focused in the audition process; and

  5. Challenge yourself and have a great time!


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IF YOU GET A CALLBACK . . .

  1. Plan to attend the next camp;

  2. Pay your camp fee;

  3. Submit your travel information; and

  4. Fill out and required documentation

IF YOU GET A CONTRACT . . .

  1. Sign your contract;

  2. Start paying your dues

  3. Get a sports physical and submit required medical information;

  4. Make plans to attend future camps

    • You'll need to submit travel plans for every camp

    • If you have a conflict and cannot attend a camp, you MUST clear it with your caption head and corps management

  5. Start preparing for the summer of your life!


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Audition Experience EVENTS


Audition Experience EVENTS


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The Cavaliers Audition Experience events are YOUR opportunity to chase your DCI dreams while learning from the best educators in the drum corps and marching arts activity. This is your chance to meet the entire organization, including our passionate leadership, educational teams, returning membership, volunteers, and alumni.

The Cavaliers and Drum Corps International is right there within your reach – Check out our Audition Experience events below to get started on your journey with the Green Machine!


JAPAN (BRASS ONLY)

Date: November 10, 2019 Times: 1:30pm-5:30pm
Price: $8,000 YEN
Sections: BRASS ONLY

The Cavaliers' Japan Audition Experience features our world-class educational team in the areas of brass. This one day event centers around the GearWORKS methodology with an emphasis on a motivational clinic environment, with individual and group evaluations along the way.


CALIFORNIA (BRASS & PERCUSSION ONLY)

Dates: November 3rd, 2020 Times: 11:00am-6:00pm
Price: $125
Sections: BRASS & PERCUSSION ONLY

The Cavaliers' California Audition Experience features our world-class educational team in the areas of brass and percussion. This one day event centers around the GearWORKS methodology with an emphasis on a motivational clinic environment, with individual and group evaluations along the way.


ATLANTA (BRASS ONLY)

Dates: November 9th, 2020 Times: 10:00am-6:00pm
Price: $125
Sections: BRASS ONLY

The Cavaliers' Atlanta Audition Experience features our world-class educational team in the areas of brass. This one day event centers around the GearWORKS methodology with an emphasis on a motivational clinic environment, with individual and group evaluations along the way.



Bands of AMerica/PASIC Audition Experience (Brass & Percussion ONLY)

Dates: November 14-16th Times: During the Event
Price: FREE for New Auditionees
Sections: BRASS & PERCUSSION ONLY

The Cavaliers' Bands of America and PASIC Audition Experience features our world-class educational team in the areas of brass and percussion. This event is free to any NEW auditionee (returning members not eligible) and centers around the GearWORKS methodology with an emphasis on a motivational clinic environment, with individual evaluations along the way.


South Florida Audition Experience (COLOR GUARD ONLY)

Dates: November 17th Times: TBA
Price: $125
Sections: COLOR GUARD ONLY

The Cavaliers' Florida Audition Experience features our world-class educational team in the areas of color guard. This one day event centers around the GearWORKS methodology with an emphasis on a motivational clinic environment, with individual and group evaluations along the way.


DALLAS/FT. WORTH Audition Experience

Dates: November 22-24th Times: 6:00pm check-in, 4:00PM check-out
Price: $175 Early-Bird Audition Fee ($225 starting November 1)
Sections: Brass, Color Guard, and Percussion

The Cavaliers' DFW Audition Experience features our world-class educational team in the areas of brass, color guard, and percussion. This overnight weekend centers around the GearWORKS methodology with an emphasis on a motivational clinic environment, with individual and group evaluations along the way.


Chicago Audition Experience

Dates: November 29-December 1st Times: 6:00pm check-in, 4:00PM check-out
Price: $175 Early-Bird Audition Fee ($225 starting November 1)
Sections: Brass, Color Guard, and Percussion

The Cavaliers' Chicago Audition Experience features our world-class educational team in the areas of brass, color guard, and percussion. This 3-day overnight weekend centers around the GearWORKS methodology with an emphasis on a motivational clinic environment, with individual and group evaluations along the way.


Midwest Clinic Audition Experience (Brass ONLY)

Dates: December 18-20th Times: During the Event
Price: FREE for New Auditionees
Sections: BRASS ONLY

The Cavaliers' Midwest Clinic Audition Experience features our world-class educational team in the areas of brass. This event is free to any NEW auditionee (returning members not eligible) and centers around the GearWORKS methodology with an emphasis on a motivational clinic environment, with individual evaluations along the way.


Video Audition Experience

Deadline: December 22 (BRASS), January 16 (PERCUSSION), March 27 (COLOR GUARD)
Price: $175 Early-Bird Audition Fee ($225 starting November 1)
Sections: Brass, Color Guard, and Percussion

The Cavaliers' Video Audition is built specifically for those who may have a conflict with one of our LIVE Audition Experience events above. Your submission will be evaluated just like a live audition, with feedback delivered to the prospective member by our world-class educational team in the areas of brass, color guard, and percussion. 


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WHAT TO BRING

  • Rehearsal Gear: Athletic rehearsal clothing and shoes

  • Shower Gear: Towel, toiletries, and personal hygiene materials

  • Sleeping Gear: Sleeping bag/single air mattress, pillow, and blanket

  • Horn Line Gear: Instruments (DO NOT BRING A SOUSAPHONE), mouthpiece, audition materials, 3-ring binder w/plastic sheets, rehearsal gloves (available for purchase if needed), and ear plugs

  • Percussion Gear: Audition materials, sticks/mallets, practice pad, and ear plugs

  • Color Guard Gear: All black rehearsal attire, black or nude practice gloves...DO NOT BRING YOUR OWN EQUIPMENT

Please make sure to place your name on all of your items. The Cavaliers are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Do NOT bring large suitcases. Use a small backpack and small overnight bag for the rehearsal weekend.


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REHEARSAL ATTIRE

Brass and Percussion students: GearWORKS Audition Experience shirt (all weekend), plain black athletic shorts or athletic pants, running or athletic shoes, extra t-shirt(s), extra socks, and warm clothing for potential outdoor portions of rehearsal.

Color Guard students: GearWORKS Audition Experience shirt, black rehearsal attire, athletic shoes, and warm clothing for potential outdoor portions of rehearsal.

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Rehearsal Camp Schedule


Rehearsal Camp Schedule


DECEMBER 13-15, 2019

Call-Back Camp: Brass and Percussion Only (Texas, TBA)

DECEMBER 16-17, 2019

Midwest Clinic Rehearsals (BRASS ONLY- for those selected to participate. Chicago, IL)

JANUARY 17-20, 2020

Call-Back Camp: BRASS & PERCUSSION ONLY (Texas, TBA)

FEBRUARY 21-23, 2020

BRASS ONLY (Texas, TBA)

MARCH 13-15, 2020

BRASS ONLY (Texas, TBA)

APRIL 24-26, 2020

Brass, Color Guard, and Percussion
Chicago, IL

MAY 11, 2020

Early Move-in PERCUSSION ONLY (Adrian College in Adrian, MI), COLOR GUARD ONLY (Chicago, IL)

MAY 15, 2020

Full Corps Move-In
Adrian College in Adrian, MI

 

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Financial obligations


Financial obligations


 

So...How much does it cost?

When you sign a Performing Member Contract with The Cavaliers, you agree to the financial obligations and payment schedule associated with that membership.

Payment of member dues is MANDATORY. You need to demonstrate willingness and ability to fulfill the financial commitment as described on the website at cavaliers.org, audition.cavaliers.org and your member contract. We expect payments to be made on-time per the outlined financial schedule. Any difficulties in adhering to the payment schedule must be discussed with corps management. Any contracted member (full or alternate) not able to pay their portion of dues on-time per the payment schedule will result in the possible termination of an existing contract/participation agreement, suspension of participation, replacement of that member, or shifting of responsibilities/positions within the organization. There is a NO REFUND POLICY for participants of our Audition Experience Camps or to contracted members to The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps (if either party decides to discontinue the relationship for any reason there will be no refund).


Bottom line – Drum corps is expensive…

and there is no silver bullet to pay your way. The Cavaliers will give our members multiple fundraising opportunities, but the organization expects performers to fulfill ALL financial obligations in a timely manner. 

Don't wait until the last minute to start building your fundraising plan

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You can do this! 

 

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AUDITION FEES

Prospective and Returning Members must pay a one-time Audition Event Fee ($175-225) to audition for The Cavaliers. We strongly recommend attending just one (1) Audition Experience event.

Audition Event Fee payment is required to advance to the Call-Back stage. Both fees are non-refundable.


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REHEARSAL CAMP FEES

The Cavaliers charge $150 for the Call-Back Camp and for each subsequent rehearsal camp attended after the Audition Experience events.

If you are awarded a Performing Member Contract at any time, all remaining camp fees are included in your membership dues.


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2020 Financial Scale

Members must ensure that payments are received at cavaliers.org/payments or the Cavaliers Office at: P.O. Box 501, Rosemont, IL. 60018 by the due date of each payment listed in the chart above (so plan accordingly if you are going to mail a check).

Checks can be made out to The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps, Inc. If you are writing a check for member dues, please ensure that the members full name and a brief description is written on the memo line of each check. We do not accept starter checks. Please ensure that a name, address, phone number, and check number are at the top of each check.

Payment of member dues is MANDATORY. We expect payments to be made on-time per the outlined financial schedule above. Any difficulties in adhering to the payment schedule must be discussed with corps management. Any contracted member (full or alternate) not able to pay their portion of dues on-time per the payment schedule will result in the possible termination of an existing contract/participation agreement, suspension of participation, replacement of that member, or shifting of responsibilities/positions within the organization.

REFUND POLICY:

There is a NO REFUND policy for participants who participate in our Audition Experience Camps or to contracted members to The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps (if either party decides to discontinue the relationship for any reason there will be no refund).

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FAMILY & Friends


FAMILY & Friends


Your son is auditioning for one of the finest drum corps in the nation. If he earns a spot, this summer will probably be the most challenging of his life, and hopefully the most rewarding, as well. It will also be a ton of fun, and we want you to share in the excitement along with him!

The information here is intended to give you an overview of the organization.

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ABOUT THE CAVALIERS

Founded in 1948, The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization sponsored by The Village of Rosemont, Illinois, are one of the most successful drum and bugle corps in history, winning 20 national championships, including seven Drum Corps International world championships since 1992.

Each summer, 150 male brass, percussion and color guard performers aged 16-22 present a marching music show considered among the most challenging and original in the world.

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OUR MISSION

The mission of The Cavaliers is to provide the members with life changing experiences, educationally and socially, which help each individual member gain real-world life skills, musical training and performance experiences.

The Cavaliers develop life-long leaders through the performing arts and inspire fans around the world.

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SUMMER

Our season begins in mid-May with about 4 weeks of rehearsals (known as “pre-tour”). Rehearsals are typically 12 hours a day, every day. Members do get several blocks of free time and a couple opportunities to do their laundry. This is by far the most tedious and challenging portion of the season.

In mid-June we begin traveling and performing. We typically perform at approximately 30 shows throughout the country, ending with the Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championships in Indianapolis on the second Saturday in August.

 

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TRAVEL

The Cavaliers typically drive about 10,000-13,000 miles each summer. We travel in five coach buses; three are for the members, one bus for the instructional staff, and one bus for our volunteers.

Our convoy also includes three semi–trailers. Two carry all of our uniforms and equipment and the third is a mobile kitchen used to prepare 4 meals a day for our 150 members plus staff and volunteers. It features a walk-in refrigerator and freezer, washer/dryer, a shower, and drink system that is the envy of DCI.

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HEALTH & MEDICAL

The Cavaliers travel with a nursing staff at all times and have an extensive network of healthcare professionals to support our needs. Member safety, health, and well-being is the priority for our entire team..

All members are required to submit proof of a sports physical, a medical history form, and health insurance information to the medical staff.

If your son has special dietary needs, include that information in the Registration so that we may best accommodate his requirements.