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So I guess a few people have seen this post by now by lifehackable:

I thought I might as well add my pissed off two cents.

As a high school Drum Major, I can’t even begin to stress how wrong this is. Yeah, it may be totally possible, but think of it like this: The band works more than half of the week. The band works during school, the band works after school, the band works and is most likely going across whatever state they live in on the weekends to COMPETE against other bands. These kids are spending most of their high school lives on the field perfecting their skills. Their parents are spending thousands of dollars to keep them in band. From personal experience, as a trumpet player as well, my first trumpet, a used, beat up, old trumpet that didn’t have the capability of making a tone that came relatively close to good cost 200$. That’s 40% more than a general ticket to high school football. 200$ is also how much my school charges for any student to be involved in an extracurricular sport or activity that uses school funding, EVERY YEAR. We’re up to 400$ for one year, which is 80% more than the ticket. I’m a sophomore, so now the grand total is 600$, or 120% more than your ticket. My band is taking a trip to Arizona next week, which cost every student an average of 1600$. New total: 1200$, 240% more than a ticket. The band fees to keep the band running are about 1000$ spread out over the year, every year, so adding 2000$ to our total to make it 3200$, 640% more than your little ticket. My personal current trumpet, a brand new (when it was purchased) Yamaha Xeno Series, cost my parents 2,563$. that makes the total now 5763$, which is now 1153% more than a ticket. Aside from in school band, many kids, partake in Private Lessons OUTSIDE of band, on their own time where they could be doing more important things, such as studying, working, helping out at home, etc. They are usually about 25$ for half an hour once a week, all year round. 1300$ for one year, and we’ll be adding 2600$ to the total because two years. 8363$ is how much an AVERAGE band member pays, not including uniform fees, gas money to and from rehearsal, honor band fees, leadership fees (I haven’t heard of a lot of bands that do this but my band has 100$ fees after you’ve been granted leadership if you choose to take it), specialty or instrument camps, etc. An AVERAGE band member has payed 1673% of your ticket in their second year. And people, after reading this, are going to think it’s okay to save their 5 DOLLARS off of their ticket and just walk in with our dedicated students?

Newsflash, it’s NOT OKAY. We have a few parents walk in with us. The nurses, uniform fixers, directors, and sometimes some parents bring us water. Not only will you stick out, you give us the reputation of being lazy and not paying attention to who is with us. It’s rude, and i can’t stress enough that we work too hard and give so much for people to just follow us into the arena. I would make a slightly more convincing argument, but i’m literally so disgusted by this post that I can’t even think about anything except how DEGRADING, RUDE, UNACCEPTABLE, and DOWNRIGHT WRONG it is.

Please, do not do this. Ever.

Save 5 bucks now, ruin 8363$ that every student has paid. 

Imma predict last year's Top Twelve 2017 shows. Don't @ me unless I'm right.

Bluecoats: it’ll be like Kinetic Noise but with 12 Amplifiers/Speakers.

Blue Devils: show is based off a broadway musical.

Carolina Crown: they playing Samuel Barber reps, bet on this.

SCV: 50th anniversary? They playin Fiddler. For sure.

The Cavaliers: a show based on the motion picture “The Matrix”.

The Cadets: a rehash of a 80’s show but they gon sound bootiful af.

Blue Knights: existential AF.

Phantom Regiment: Idk but somebody gonna die in the show.

Blue Stars: honestly I have no clue what they’re gonna do.

Crossmen: dope uniforms. Based off of San Antonio’s weather or sumthing

The Academy: *see the Blue Devils*

Boston Crusaders: after watching the teaser, Blair Witch Project, for sure.

2016 DCI Finals

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2017 DCI Season Preview – Mike Hellums – Medium
All you need to know and more about the upcoming DCI season, complete show info, analysis, and bold predictions on every World Class corps.
By Mike Hellums

On the eve of the tour premiere, it is finally time to unleash this beast!  Check out my write up for the 2017 DCI season!  Be sure to save it somewhere so you can point and laugh at how wrong I am come August.


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Audition Advice

I’ve seen a lot of people asking for audition advice due to the looming audition season lately, so I thought I’d share some things I’ve learned from masterclass and my own experiences. This is applicable to any audition you ever take, not just drum corps.

1. Get into a routine, and don’t change it on the audition day.
Have a warm-up routine, and do it every day. Do it again on the audition day. Don’t play the material more than you would normally to “make sure” you have it. You’re making yourself more tired and anxious than you need to be, and if you miss a not right before going into the room, you’ll be more insecure. Instead just think through the material and sing it in your head. That way you stay fresh for the audition.

2. In preparation, run the list down, then work on the individual excerpts.
In other words, practice performing, then practice the music. If you stimulate the audition experience as closely as you can on a regular basis, you’ll be a lot more confident when you get into the audition room.

3. Be your own teacher, RECORD YOURSELF
When you’re playing, you’re not able to focus on every individual aspect of your performance. If you record yourself and listen back, you will catch all sorts of things you otherwise wouldn’t, and then you can fix them. Check your tempo, rhythm, note clarity, articulating, dynamics, etc. Listen to your recordings as a third party. It’s not okay that you missed that note because of this reason or the other. The auditioners won’t care, and neither will the audience. Try to make your performance as perfect as possible.

4. You’re not going to play a perfect audition, but you can minimize mistakes with focus.
Make yourself do it like you’ve prepared. Don’t think about what happens after the audition, what happened before, or any other crazy things going on in your life. Focus only on what you are doing at that moment, and unleash every ounce of musicality and preparation you put into the audition materials. If something happens you don’t like, let it go and move on to the text thing.

5. Take your time before and between excerpts. Hear it, then play it. BREATHE.
If you rush into playing, you WILL not feel secure for a few bars at minimum. Get into the mood of the piece and hear the context of your music before you start, especially if you’re playing an orchestral except or some other excerpt from a larger work. Breathe deeply often to help calm yourself.

6. DON’T let fear be your mindset in the audition room.
Your reptilian brain, which controls fear, aggression, and the fight or flight response, sets your default mindset if you let it. You can use your pre-frontal cortex (decision-making and creativity) to offer a second mindset: be undeniable, over the top, borderline obnoxious, energetic, whatever you want to convey. Tell yourself that if it’s not threatening your life, it’s trivial. You can then approach your audition without fear and will bee a lot less inhibited in your playing and performance.

Try to avoid the mindset that you want to be successful in this audition, because you can’t control what other people think our how other people play, and the opposite of success is failure. With that mindset, if you miss a note, you have failed, and you may start to miss even more notes if you think you’ve failed. YOU DON’T FAIL IF YOU MISS NOTES. Everyone misses notes, and you can still have a great audition if you miss notes. But you can’t let one mistake m multiply. De-emphasize the importance of perfection in the audition room, and you’ll save yourself some self-loathing.