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Visit Audition Camp Dates and Locations

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We recommend using Chicago O’Hare Airport, with Chicago Midway being a less desirable alternative, due to travel time.  Your flight should arrive on Friday by 4pm and should depart after 7pm on Sunday evening. You may want to visit the VanGalder bus schedule to see how your flights fit in (see next FAQ for information on taking the VanGlader bus to the Rockford area). If you choose to fly into Milwaukee or Madison, WI you are responsible for your own transportation to the camp location.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Do you provide a shuttle bus from the airport to camp?”][vc_column_text]We do not provide transportation directly to/from the airport. You must purchase a VanGalder shuttle bus ticket from the airport to Rockford/Beloit area. Once at our designated VanGalder bus stop, we will pick you up and bring you to the camp school. We will also return you to the same bus stop for your departure on Sunday.

VanGalder Bus Company runs from the Chicago airports up to the Rockford area hourly.  You can pre-purchase your round trip bus ticket online prior to your arrival OR you may purchase your ticket once on the bus.  Each camp “may” have a different stop, so be sure to pay attention to the information you receive or read on the website as to where the camp bus stop is for each camp. You may want to check VanGalder’s Bus schedule as you’re making your flight arrangements so that you can make the two work together.

If you are under 18 years or under and traveling on the VanGalder bus, you should download this VanGalder permission slip form and keep with you for your trips on the bus. They may or may not request to see it.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”When will I receive my audition packet?”][vc_column_text]Audition packets are sent automatically AFTER payment online has been made. If you’re payment was not successful, you will not receive the automated emails from us with the packet.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Can I audition for more than one section and do I have to pay the registration fee twice?”][vc_column_text]You are more than welcome to audition for two sections of the corps, however we need to know that prior to your arrival.  Please let us know in the comment section when signing up for auditions what your intentions are. You do not need to pay for two audition fees, just one. Though we do recommend concentrating on what you feel is your best instrument.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”What should I be working on between now and auditions?”][vc_column_text]

Hornline and drumline members will have some exercises in the audition packet to work on. Color Guard members must audition on flag and in movement.  It is not required to have rifle or sabre experience to audition, however the more experience you have is helpful.  No section in the corps requires previous drum corps experience, including our conductor positions. Please be aware there is little information in the audition packet about the conductor auditions as we want to see what conducting talent you already have.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”What if I’m in a winter guard, winds or drumline?”][vc_column_text]Members of the color guard will not have any conflicts since we will only see them at Color Guard auditions and then at the full corps camp after WGI Championships. However, for brass and percussion members, you will need to make the commitment to be at all rehearsal camps for the Regiment.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Website reads ‘Membership is generally limited to the ages between 17 & 21.’ Can I audition if I’m younger than 17?”][vc_column_text]

All members are chosen based on their talent abilities. High school could run into problems with taking exams early and getting out of high school before the end of the school year. All members are required to move to the Rockford area the third week of May for spring training. If you are graduating from high school arrangements can be made for you to attend your commencement.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Are there scholarships available?”][vc_column_text]None that will help with your membership fee exactly. But we do list a few scholarships that we know about that are awarded during or after the summer at: Available Scholarships

There are also several other means that we will assist to help offset your member dues. Once a member of the corps, you can partake in our Sponsorship Program. These programs will be explained to the corps in January and can only be used once you accept a position in the corps. Please remember all transportation to and from camps is the sole responsibility of each member and no monies from the Sponsorship Programs can be used to offset transportation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”What if there’s bad weather for a camp? “][vc_column_text]

Camp will always be held, regardless of the weather. Our members come from all points of the USA and even the world. Though it may be snowing severely in your area, it may not in other areas. Thus, we will always have our doors open and camps will be held. Also, in the name of safety, we want to provide a place for members to stay and not force them to turn around in bad weather and head home.

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Aside from what your sections requests, be sure to bring comfortable clothes, toiletries, a sleeping bag & pillow. Don’t forget your towel. No dress clothes are needed. You will be provided with a free shirt that you can write your name on, but you may not want to write on that shirt. So then, you should bring a plain white t-shirt with your name written on it.

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For color guard members – read the guard audition section. For all others, you should wear tennis/athletic shoes, shorts, athletic/sweat pants, and t-shirts.

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We require all returning members to audition; therefore, we are filling 150 spots.

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Practice and show up. Every year we see several very talented and promising people cut themselves by giving up. Intimidation is your own worst enemy.

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We plan to have several alternates or understudies on the road with the corps. They are considered members of the corps and will be learning for a future position on the field.

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Typically we’ve fielded 80 brass; 36 guard; 31 percussion; and 3 conductors. We usually have 3-5 alternates as well.

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Send an email to us at: [email protected]