To participate in The Cavaliers' Audition Experience events:
- You must be at least a freshman in high school;
- You must have parental permission; and
- You must be a male student
To be eligible for Membership in The Cavaliers:
- You must be a male student who is serious about performance;
- You must be age 17 by May 31st (max age is 21 / or 22 if your birthday is June 1st or later); and
- 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 – You need to demonstrate willingness and ability to fulfill the financial commitment as described in the audition information packet. We expect payments to be made in a timely manner. Any difficulties in adhering to the payment schedule must be discussed with corps management.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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.