• 2018 Auditions

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      Combined Auditions

      Audition for  The Cadets and Cadets2 at the same time! Camp dates will be announced after summer.


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      Audition Packets

      Get ready for auditions by downloading audition packets from 2017.

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We know that auditioning for The Cadets and Cadets2 can be intimidating, but we're here to answer all of your questions and get you ready.

These are some of the most commonly asked questions about auditioning for The Cadets and Cadets2. If you have a more specific question, contact at 


It's important to be at the Combined Audition Weekend if possible, 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.e a fair opportunity.

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.

The Audition Packet is included when you register as part of your camp fees. You'll receive a link to download the packet after you complete your registration.

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 here.

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. For more information, click here.

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 pay your registration fees 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.

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.


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.

The Drum Majors for 2017 have been selected.


Color Guard


If you’re driving to camp, please plan to arrive at the camp site by 7 p.m. on Friday evening.
If you’re taking a plane, bus or train, please plan to arrive at the Philadelphia International Airport in time for a 6 p.m. pickup on Friday evening. (We will pick you up whenever necessary, but this will ensure that you arrive at camp in time for registration and rehearsal.)

Plan on leaving the school around 4 p.m. on Sunday. Please book all departures from PHL after 7 p.m. on this day.

All travel by plane, bus and train should be booked to arrive and depart from the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

Absolutely! We just need to know your travel arrangements at least one week before the camp. When you RSVP for camp, you'll be able to list your travel details.

*Remember: YOU need to let us know how you are getting to camp - even if you are driving yourself!



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