First of all, BRING YOUR MUSIC! It sounds ridiculous, but you'd be surprised with some of the things that have happened! There is no need to bring a music stand, we will provide one for you. I highly suggest that you bring your own mouthpiece. You will be able to borrow one of ours if needed, but my experience has been that it’s much more comfortable to audition on your own. Now, to instruments...
IMPORTANT! If you are coming to one of the the non-Concord auditions, you will need to bring your own instrument.
If you are coming to the Concord audition...
Trumpet players – I suggest you bring your own horn and mouthpiece. You will of course be able to borrow one of ours if needed, but like the mouthpiece comment earlier, I've found it's more comfortable to audition on your own instrument.
French Horn/Mellophone players – If you plan on playing a French Horn during your audition, you NEED to bring your own horn. Because we perform on Mellophones during the season, we will also ask you to play a few notes on one of our Mellophones as we will need to check your tone and such on that instrument. IMPORTANT! We use Mellophone mouthpieces with our Mellophones and DO NOT allow French Horn mouthpieces with an adapter. If you play Mellophone, it's up to you whether or not you bring your own horn. We will of course have enough instruments available for you to borrow.
Baritone/Euphonium/Tuba/Trombone players – If you plan on playing a Trombone during your audition, you NEED to bring your own horn. Because we perform on Euphoniums during the season, please be prepared to also play a few notes (mainly scales) on one of our instruments as we will need to check your finger control and dexterity. If you play Baritone, Euphonium or Tuba, it's up to you whether or not you bring your own horn. We will of course have enough instruments available for you to borrow. I suggest you use ours (with YOUR mouthpiece) as these instruments are difficult to travel with. Please remember we only have Euphoniums (no Baritones) and they take large shank mouthpieces.
Most people think that in order to be a member of the Blue Devils brass section you HAVE to move to Concord in January and put all facets of your life on hold. This is NOT true! Our attendance policy has changed over the past several years and is now VERY consistent with the other top drum corps in the country. Here are the 2 scenarios that I see the majority of our members committing to each year.
Scenario #1 – Continue going to school and work like normal and travel to Blue Devil camps. Once accepted into the Blue Devil brass section, you only have to attend monthly camps during January, February, March and April. During that time (4 months), you would spend a total of 12 days in Concord for mandatory rehearsals. Once May rolls around, your attendance will be determined by your school schedule. If you are NOT attending school as of May 1st, you will be required to attend all rehearsals beginning in May, so it is highly suggested that you move to the Concord area then.
If you ARE in school as of May 1, we will create an individually based attendance policy based on your last day of school. Once school is out, you will need to move to Concord immediately as we begin "all-day every-day" rehearsals mid-May. We COMPLETELY understand that some schools end after mid-May, so no worries. This is why I say we will create an individually based attendance policy JUST for you.
Scenario #2 – Move to Concord, get a local job and attend classes at a local college. Some members CHOOSE to take a semester off of school and live in California for 6 months. Most (if not all) of these members move into an apartment with other BD members in similar situations to save on the costs of living.