Frequently Asked Questions - Brass

FAQs - Brass

Yes! This isn’t just about making the corps, it’s about becoming a better musician, learning from a great staff and meeting people from all over the country and world. You will learn a ton and you will have a great time.

You are more than welcome to demonstrate your skills on your primary instrument, especially since these instruments may now appear in our programs. However, you will be asked to play some material on a marching brass instrument as well, since we still play primarily on those.

Yes we are holding auditions for Drum Majors for 2019.


  • Brass handbook (placed in a binder w/sheet protectors)
  • Instrument
  • Mouthpiece
  • Pencil and pen
  • Folding music stand (if possible)
  • Cotton marching gloves (available for purchase at camp)


  • Assigned excerpt(s) (included in your brass handbook)
  • All exercises from the brass handbook
  • To sing and/or buzz
  • March and play any exercise from the handbook

All staff will base their decisions on ability and adaptability. Staff will look to see how quickly candidates can receive and apply information. During horn arc, sectionals and individual auditions, staff will listen for the following:

  • Tone quality
  • Intonation
  • Timing
  • Articulation
  • Flexibility
  • Range
  • Musicianship (style, dynamics, expression, etc.)
  • Ensemble blend
  • Continous mental focus in rehearsal


  • Come prepared. Do not make excuses! Be detail oriented - Slow and correct is better than fast and sloppy.
  • Practice the parts you cannot play well, not the parts you do play well.
  • Once all parts are played well, practice the longer phrases to build endurance.
  • Play for someone else to work on your nerves and to receive feedback. Record yourself to listen and evaluate.
  • Practice marking time and marching while playing.
  • Be open minded.
  • Relax and be yourself. Let the staff get to know you.

With more than 20 certified music educators on our faculty, we take great care to use the correct embouchure and performance techniques. You will find from both brass and percussion standpoints, we teach no different than a symphonic approach to the instruments. The only exception would be the actual marching percussion as there are some differences to the sticking on a marching instrument vs. concert percussion. There are quite a few of our members that are successful music education iand music performance music majors."

It is our mission to make sure every member has a great experience and is receiving an excellent education while with The Cadets. The staff and design team is comprised of professional working  musicians, college professors and outstanding high school educators from some for the top programs in the United States. Our team is one that will provide you with a positive, engaging experience where you can be pushed to grow as a musician and performer.

Specific exercises and audition requirements will be in the brass handbook. Every candidate will be evaluated on their music and marching skills along with their attitude and personality. Each candidate will need to play individually for a member of the brass staff. This individual time will give candidates an opportunity to play the assigned excerpts as well as exercises from the brass handbook. This also gives each candidate a chance to interact directly with the staff and receive one on one instruction.

The corps has a full line of marching instruments, but due to the number of candidates auditioning, there may not be enough instruments to go around. For this reason, please bring your own marching instrument if you have access to one. You have the option to audition on any brass instrument of your choice, but staff will need to hear you on a bell front marching instrument during the Brass Routine and horn arc. Though you may bring your concert instrument to play for your audition, no french horns or trombones will be allowed in brass arcs. Concert tubas are acceptable if there are not enough marching tubas for each player.

If you are attending a remote audition location in Florida and Texas, you are required to bring your instrument. The Cadets will not provide brass instruments at these locations.

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