The Audition Experience is virtual for 2021. Please familiarize yourself with the details below before registering. Information on this page was updated January 12, 2021.
A Virtual Audition Experience
- Access our Virtual Studio Library:
70+ lessons, including demonstration videos, audition packets, and sheet music!
- Submit a video for initial evaluation
- Take a 30-minute private lesson with a Pacific Crest instructor
- Audition live for Pacific Crest instructors
How do the auditions work?
Your 2021 audition starts with your access to Pacific Crest Virtual Studio, our library of educational and performance-related content. The audition experience should take 4 – 5 weeks from start to finish. Refer to the chart showing the six steps.
Step 1: Register.
Step 2: Study and practice the materials in the Virtual Studio Library
Step 3: Submit a video based on your section requirements. What to prepare →
Step 4: You will be contacted to schedule a private lesson, where one of our instructors will work with you based on your video submission.
Step 5: Prepare for your audition based on feedback from your private lesson.
Step 6: Schedule your live online audition. What to prepare →
Ready to register? Click HERE →
What is the deadline?
While our original deadline of January 10th has passed, our auditions will continue through the winter until spots are filled. Time is of the essence, so you will want to start the process as soon as possible. Here is a proposed timeline for you to follow after registering:
- Week 1 – Study the materials and practice
- Week 2 – Continue practicing and submit video
- Week 3 – Take private lesson
- Week 4 – Incorporate instructor comments and sign up for audition date
The process should take four or five weeks in total.
Note: We are no longer accepting drum major applications.
With so much uncertainty, what am I actually auditioning for?
We expect to produce a drum corps ensemble of 76 brass, 40 color guard, 35 percussion, and 3 drum majors. Our plan is to perform locally as well as in Indianapolis the second week of August for the DCI celebration of marching music and the kick-off of DCI’s 50th anniversary. (See Schedule At-a-Glance below)
2021 Schedule At-a-Glance
Our 2021 schedule is broken into phases that can modified or stopped based on the status of pandemic restrictions.
Phase 1: Winter and Spring Education (February through June)
Remote meetings, masterclasses, and sub-sectionals. If we are permitted to gather in small groups, sub-sectionals (and sectionals) could be in-person
Phase 2: Preseason Training (July 5 – August 8)
During this 35-day period, we plan to coordinate the field show and prepare the other material to fill out a 45-minute set.
Phase 3: Local Performances (July 24 – August 7)
Field shows (if permitted), drive-in or amphitheater concerts, and live streaming performances in Southern California.
Phase 4: Indianapolis Trip (August 9 – August 15)
The corps will fly one-way to the Indy area on August 9. Tuesday and Wednesday would be rehearsal days, and we would perform in the DCI shows Thursday through Saturday. All performers will fly home (on their own) Sunday, August 15.
2021 Program Costs
Tuition is $2,850 plus the cost of the one-way group flight to the Indianapolis area, which will be paid directly to Pacific Crest. We will do our best to keep the airfare as inexpensive as possible. You should plan for other expenses, as well, including your airline ticket home from Indianapolis and some supplies, e.g.brass mouthpieces, costume undergarments, shoes, laundry money, etc.
Connect With Us
Join the 2021 Pacific Crest Interest Group on Facebook to meet other applicants and current members of the corps.