Audition video information Each camper must supply an audition video no later than May 1st, but please don’t wait until then! Get auditions in as soon as possible.
Audition videos are not for entrance to the camp. Our musical staff use the videos merely to assess the playing level of the musicians and to group our campers in the best way. There is no need to be scared by the video. But, yes, every camper must submit a video.
Basic information about audition videos:
The video should be sent via YouTube or Facebook.
Please send your YouTube or Facebook video link to the following people:
All videos - Cap Corduan - firstname.lastname@example.org
Fifes - Jason Malli - Jason@jasonmalli.com
Snare drummers - Mark Reilly - email@example.com
Bass drummers - Cap Corduan - firstname.lastname@example.org
Your YouTube video should not be set to "private." If it is, we cannot view it.
The audition video must include the standard music piece that everyone will use to audition.
If your child has considerable difficulty playing the general audition piece without help, please consider waiting until next year to come to camp.
When you submit your audition videos, please use a couple of audition notes: Introduce yourself on your video. For instance, you might say, “I am Cap Corduan. I am auditioning for the bass drum line.”
Make sure that we can hear your name clearly in the introduction on your video. If we can't, please tape the video again. It is not good enough for your name to be in the email, it needs to be stated ON the video.
You do not need to memorize the music when you are auditioning.
You must audition on your instrument. If you are a drummer, you cannot use drum pads.
If you are auditioning for the Ensemble, you must play both audition pieces and state that you wish to be considered for the ensemble group. (See below.)
Everyone must submit an audition video. Parents, even if you think that your child will be in the beginner group, he or she must submit an audition video.
If you have a legitimate reason to submit a late audition - for example, a broken arm - you must contact the Director, Cap Corduan, to obtain permission for a late video. Nobody but Cap can give permission to submit a late audition video. Your corps director cannot give permission to turn in a late video. Your corps's fife or drum instructor cannot give permission to turn in a late video. Not even one of the camp instructors can give permission to turn in a late video. If someone other than Cap gives you permission for a late audition video, please refer them to this paragraph. Being busy is not a legitimate reason to be late with your video.
Ensemble Musicians Those experienced musicians who want an intense musical challenge during camp may wish to consider auditioning to be an Ensemble musician. To do this, you must play the general audition piece and the required ensemble audition piece. You must also state on your online registration that you wish to be considered for the Ensemble musician program. Those chosen for the Ensemble musician program will perform the Ensemble piece, written for this year’s camp, at the Deep River Ancient Muster Tattoo on Friday night. The Ensemble musician spots will be limited to 4 bass drummers, 6-8 snare drummers, and 12-15 fifers. Those chosen will be notified by Cap Corduan personally.
Parents, are you trying to determine if your child is ready to audition for the Ensemble group? Please be realistic about your child's abilities and help him or her make a good decision. There is always next year to audition! Being in the Ensemble is more than just musical ability; it is an intense experience. Our Ensemble group is typically older because we expect those in the group to have maturity and to lead the entire corps.
Here are some good guidelines:
Ensemble musicians should be able to sight read the ensemble music, and all audition music, without help.
Ensemble musicians should be able to play all the music independently.
Ensemble musicians should be able to stay focused for long periods of time as a productive member of the group.
Ensemble musicians should be able to accept constructive criticism about their playing.
Ensemble musicians will have excellent time-management skills and will submit their audition videos earlier than the deadline. (This means that they won't submit them on May 1st.)
If this is difficult (or impossible) for your young musician to do this year, no worries! Audition to be an Ensemble musician next year - or the year after.
If you do not submit both of your audition videos by May 1st, you will not be considered for Ensemble musician placement.