VIDEO AUDITION INFORMATION

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: December 8, 2017

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS DELIVERED VIA PAYMENT CONFIRMATION

VIDEO AUDITION POLICY

ALL Brass and Percussion Video Audition students MUST be available for the January Call-back Camp, held January 12-15, 2018 in Chicago, IL.

ALL Color Guard Video Audition students MUST be available for the April Call-Back Camp, held April 27-29, 2018.

Call-Back Camp attendance is required and non-negotiable.

ALL International Students will have the option of submitting a Video Audition to replace the LIVE Audition Experience events held in Chicago and Dallas – If a Call-Back is received, the International Student MUST be available to attend the January Call-back Camp, held January 12-15, 2018 in Chicago, IL or April Call-Back Camp, held April 27-29 if auditioning for Color Guard.

Outcome of the Video Audition will either be 1) You have been invited to attend the Call-Back Camp, or 2) You are not ready at this time to move forward with The Cavaliers in 2018.

Video Audition students are solely responsible for ensuring a high-quality submission for proper evaluation.


BRASS INSTRUCTIONS

Once you have received approval and have purchased your Video Audition, create an unlisted (not public or private) YouTube video (or multiple videos, if necessary) for both music and visual containing the following for our review (submission instructions delivered via payment confirmation):

BRASS VIDEO AUDITION ELEMENTS

[Include just once]

- Full name

- Birth date and current age

- Location/Home town, School, Major, Work

- January Call-Back Camp availability

- Performance experience

- Why The Cavaliers?

MUSIC: PLAYING ONLY

- Lyrical etude (from brass audition materials)

- Technical etude (from brass audition materials)

MUSIC: PLAYING ON THE MOVE

- Perform the first two bars of "Exercise 2" from the 2017 Audition Packet for each portion of the 8-count box drill. E.g. On every change of direction you will repeat the first two bars.

VISUAL: MOVING ONLY

On a field or lined environment, demonstrate the following with instrument in playing position using The Cavaliers' marching technique, as demonstrated in the brass visual technique videos (coming soon to those who purchased the Student Registration):

Basic: Perform each at 120bpm, 150bpm, and 180bpm

- FORWARD 8 (8-to-5 size) HOLD 4 (Repeat 6 times/Travel 6 yard lines)

- BACKWARD 8 (8-to-5 size) HOLD 4 (Repeat 6 times/Travel 6 yard lines)

Intermediate: Perform each at 120bpm, 150bpm, and 180bpm

- FORWARD 6 (6-to-5 size) HOLD 4 (Repeat 6 times/Travel 6 yard lines)

- BACKWARD 6 (6-to-5 size) HOLD 4 (Repeat 6 times/Travel 6 yard lines)

Advanced: Perform each at 120bpm, 150bpm, and 180bpm

- FORWARD 4 (4-to-5 size/ jazz run) HOLD 4 (Repeat 6 times/Travel 6 yard lines)

- FORWARD 8 (8-to-5 size) HOLD 4 (Repeat 6 times/Travel 6 yard lines) in a SLIDE (or facing parallel to a sideline)

- BACKWARD 8 (8-to-5 size) HOLD 4 (Repeat 6 times/Travel 6 yard lines) in a SLIDE (or facing parallel to a sideline)

VISUAL INSTRUCTIONS (BRASS ONLY)

The Visual Video Auditions will contain 2 parts- Movement and Acting.

Movement Requirements: 

Using The Cavaliers marching technique, demonstrate your marching ability in the following exercises:
Forward 8 steps, Hold 4, Repeat 3 times. 
Backward 8 steps, Hold 4, Repeat 3 times.

Tempos: 120 bpm, 180 bpm
While playing a selection of your choice, choreograph a one minute combination that merges music, movement, and acting into a total performance. Consider how you are interpreting the music through movement and above all, be creative.

Include any special movement skills or abilities you possess.

Acting Requirements: 

Please include in your audition video a 30 to 60 second clip of your ability to act out the following:
You are in a losing boxing match with someone who is far superior. 
Become a cat who is able to sneak through a neighborhood undetected.


COLOR GUARD INSTRUCTIONS

Once you have received approval and have purchased your Video Audition, create an unlisted (not public or private) YouTube video (or multiple videos, if necessary) containing the below for our review (submission instructions delivered via payment confirmation):

COLOR GUARD VIDEO AUDITION ELEMENTS

- Full name

- Birth date and current age

- Location/Home town, School, Major, Work

- April Call-Back Camp availability

- Performance experience

- Why The Cavaliers?

PERFORMANCE CONTENT

Perform in a space that will set you up for success, and use the 2018 Color Guard Video Series to review, refine, and prepare the following performance content:

- Movement Combination

- Flag Technique and Combination

- Rifle Technique and Combination (Beginning and Advanced)

- Sabre Technique and Combination (optional)

- Any additional tricks/skills you'd like to show off - tosses, gymnastics abilities, movement skills, etc. (optional)


BATTERY PERCUSSION INSTRUCTIONS

Once you have received approval and have purchased your Video Audition, create an unlisted (not public or private) YouTube video (or multiple videos, if necessary) containing the below for our review (submission instructions delivered via payment confirmation):

  • Full name

  • Birth date and current age

  • Location/Home town, School, Major, Work

  • Performance experience

  • Why The Cavaliers?

Please consider the following:

  • Please make sure the angle of the camera allows us to see your feet. 

  • Please mark time to every exercise (including the audition excerpt unless otherwise noted). 

  • Make sure to wear a darker colored shirt so we can see your sticks. 

  • Keep in mind that a better quality video will help us get a more accurate read of your performance. 

  • There should be an audible metronome playing during every exercise/excerpt

  • Please use a drum for your audition, no practice pads please

  • Please double check your specific instruments requirements, each section has slight modifications

Good Luck!

PERCUSSION VIDEO AUDITION ELEMENTS

Snare Requirements:

Exercise Requirements:

*All exercises are 12 inch accents and 3 inch taps unless other wise notated

  • Eights - 144bpm (2x), 168bpm (2x)
  • Double Beat - 120bpm (2x), 148bpm (2x)
  • Accent Tap - 144bpm (2x), 160bpm (2x)
  • Triple Beat - 120bpm (2x), 148bpm (2x)
  • Paradiddle diddle-diddle Breakdown - 112bpm (1x), 132bpm (1x)
  • Green Rolls (both normal and chop version) - 160bpm (1x), 180bpm (1x)
  • 2015 Audition Etude - Tempo marked at 172bpm (1x)

Tenor Requirements:

  • Eights
    • 144bpm - (1x each) Around as written (with dynamics), Across (no dynamics), Triangles (no dynamics), 3s (no dynamics)
    • 168bpm - (1x each) Around as written (with dynamics), Across (no dynamics), Triangles (no dynamics), 3s (no dynamics)
  • Double Beat -
    • 120bpm - (1x) Around as written
    • 148bpm - (1x) Around as written
  • Accent Tap -
    • 144bpm - (1x) Around as written
    • 160bpm - (1x) Around as written
  • Triple Beat -
    • 120bpm - (1x each) Drum 2, 3 drums out (ms. 53-54 of Around Variations), 3 drums in (ms. 55-56 of Around Variations)
    • 148bpm - (1x each) Drum 2, Around as written
  • Paradiddle-diddle Breakdown -
    • 112bpm - (1x each) Drum 2, Walk down (ms. 93)
    • 132bpm - (1x each) Drum 2, Walk down (ms. 93)
  • Green Rolls (both normal and chop version) - (1x each tempo) 160bpm, 180bpm - Drum 1
  • 2015 Audition Etude - Tempo marked at 172bpm

Bass Drum Requirements:

  • 8s (stock 8 on a hand) – 128 bpm
    • 1 rep 15”
    • 1 rep dynamics (cresc/dim a la our Basic 8s)
  • 8s – 150 bpm (Left Hand View)
    • 1 rep 12”
    • 1 rep 3”
  • 8s – 172 bpm
    • 1 rep 9”
  • Parrot (16th note) from "Bass Drum Fundamentals"– Pick one drum's part
    • 112 bpm – 15”
      • 1 rep marking time
      • 1 rep halted
    • 128 bpm – 6”
      • 1 rep marking time
      • 1 rep halted
  • Shups from "Bass Drum Fundamentals" 
    • 144 bpm - 12"
    • 160 bpm - 12" (Left hand view)
  • Rolls (any triplet-based diddle exercise - be sure to show both isolated diddles and long (2 counts or more) rolls)
    • Slow and high - roughly 12" and 140 bpm
    • Fast and low - roughly 3-6" and 168+ bpm
  • Bass Drum Audition Etude 

FRONT ENSEMBLE INSTRUCTIONS

Create an unlisted (not public or private) YouTube video (or multiple videos, if necessary) containing the below for our review (submission instructions delivered via payment confirmation):

PERCUSSION VIDEO AUDITION ELEMENTS

- Full name

- Birth date and current age

- Location/Home town, School, Major, Work

- January Call-Back Camp availability

- Performance experience

- Why The Cavaliers?

FRONT ENSEMBLE MUSIC

If a tempo is indicated on this list, please adhere to it, though you do not have to use the metronome during your performance, nor does the metronome need to be audible on the video (headphones are acceptable).

Keyboard auditionees may perform either on a vibraphone or a marimba.

KEYBOARD

1. 7/8 Octaves - quarter = 110, play in C, B-flat and A-flat major

2. Green - quarter = 140, play in C, D and B major

3. 67 - play at 67 bpm

4. Hornet's Nest - play at 160 bpm

5. Blocks - quarter = 100 & 120

6. Laterals - quarter = 130 & 160, play using printed permutation

7. Advanced Combinations - quarter = 100, play both R and L Hand version using the printed permutation

8. Broccoli - quarter = 110, play using printed permutation

9. Rach. - play at 104 bpm

10. Show Excerpt #1 - play at written tempi (marimba part)

11. Show Excerpt #2 - play at written tempo (marimba part)

12. Short excerpt (2 minutes max) of a solo of your choosing

DRUM SET

1. Play various time patterns demonstrating various styles at the following tempi: 80, 110, 140, 170 (about 90 seconds for each tempo)

2. Hornet's Nest - Same as 67

3. 5-6 minutes of whatever you do best, can be more advanced time patterns, fills, solos, whatever

TIMPANI

1. 7/8 Octaves - quarter = 110, play circle of 4ths from C major through D-flat major

2. Green - quarter = 120, use articulate mallets, play in C major and F major, two times each key

3. Hornet's Nest - play at 160 bpm

4. Blocks - quarter = 100 & 120, use articulate mallets

5. Advanced Combinations - quarter = 110, play written parts only (no alternate permutations)

6. Show Excerpt #1 - play at written tempi

7. Short excerpt (2 minutes max) of a solo of your choosing

SYNTHESIZER

1. Green - quarter = 140, play keyboard part in both hands, all 12 major scales, circle of 4ths

2. Broccoli - quarter = 110, play using printed permutation (play keyboard part, may use both hands)

3. Rach. - play at 140 bpm

4. Short piano solo (or excerpt), minimum of 3 minutes, maximum of 5 minutes

RACK PERCUSSION

1. 7/8 Octaves - quarter = 110, all 12 major keys, play circle of 4ths

2. Blocks - quarter = 100

3. Multi-percussion solo (or excerpt), minimum of 4 minutes, maximum of 6 minutes