Frequently Asked Questions - General Questions

FAQs - General Questions

It's important to be at camp, but if not, join us at the next rehearsal weekend! Contact the Recruiter at to discuss your situation. We are glad to work out an alternative, but early communication is very important to give everyone a fair opportunity. You can also request a video audition in Step 2 of registration.

All of the corps' equipment will be available at the camps, but there will be a lot of people there as well, particularly at the November Combined Audition. If necessary, we will rotate instruments between musicians throughout the weekend. The only way to guarantee yourself an instrument all weekend long is to bring your own. We do understand that it can be difficult to fly with certain instruments, so please use your judgment as to whether this pertains to your section. If you are driving to camp, please bring equipment with you. Also, please bring a mouthpiece and music stand with you if possible.

For remote auditions in Florida and Texas, you are required to bring your own equipment. The Cadets will not provide equipment for these events.

Audition packets contain tons of information about The Cadets and Cadets2 with tips, exercises, techniques and much more. It is an essential tool for anyone interested in becoming a Cadet and required if you want to audition.

If you're not ready to register this year, you can get a jump start on next year and start practicing now by purchasing it in advance.

Audition Packets

We don't believe in the traditional "cut" system of some other organizations. You are at the audition camp for experience and feedback, and we will do our best to send you home feeling great about your weekend. At the camp, each auditionee will have a one-on-one evaluation with a staff member. Based on that audition as well as staff observations throughout rehearsals, our caption supervisors will personally speak with each auditionee at the end of the weekend, assigning them a rating of 1, 2 or 3 and giving specific tips for improvement and a suggested course of action. 

Rating 1 - You're ready to be a Cadet. Start making plans for the summer.
Rating 2 - We feel you have potential of being a Cadet but would like you to work on specific things and join us for the next camp.
Rating 3 - We do not feel you're ready to be a Cadet this year but welcome you back to the next camp to continue making yourself better.

Students sleep in the school gymnasium and shower in the school locker rooms. Some bring sleeping bags, but airbeds are definitely the modern luxury on tour!

Most people wear exercise shorts and a T-shirt or tank top to rehearsals, regardless of the season. We won’t venture outside until the weather warms up, so the only warm clothes you’ll need will be to get to and from the airport. Be sure to wear pants in which you can freely move around. Tennis shoes are required. In case the school is chilly, dressing in layers is a good idea, so you may want to bring a pair of sweatpants and a hoodie with you as well.

You can also wear your Cadet gear by visiting

You can pay your registration fee online when you sign up or submit a video audition. If you are offered a position with The Cadets or Cadets2, you will be able to make payments online, at camp, by phone or by mail.

Fees may seem like a huge expense, but it really breaks down to about $45 a day and includes four meals per day, travel, lodging, equipment, uniforms, instruction and fuel, not to mention the experience of a lifetime!
There are fundraisers available through the corps, and we will do our best to provide literature and information about raising funds to be a Cadet. Finances should NOT be a reason to stay away from the audition camp. Where there is a will, there is a way!

You can see a breakdown of the fees for The Cadets and Cadets2 here.

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