Troopercussion Indoor started its first season as AVANT Winter Drumline in 2012. In 2013 we began a collaboration with the famed Troopers Drum and Bugle corps of Casper, Wyoming and so began a high caliber winter drumline that competes in the Inter-mountain Percussion Association (IMPA) and Winter Guard International (WGI).
Troopercussion Indoor won its first IMPA Championship in 2014 and in 2015 made its first showing in the WGI Western Regional Championships in California. In 2016 Troopercussion moved up a division to Independent Open in IMPA and went to the WGI Las Vegas Regional competition placing second there.
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2017 Audition information
The first 2017 audition camp will be held on October 29th, 2016 at Idaho Falls High School from 8am until 6pm. For those unable to attend this camp, please plan on attending the 2nd audition camp at Highland High School in Pocatello the following Saturday, November 5th from 8am until 6pm.
The final audition camp where contracts will be awarded will be held on November 12th, 2016 at Idaho Falls High School from 8am until 6pm.
Please plan on attending either the first or second camp as well as the final camp. If you can attend all three camps, you are welcome and encouraged to do so.
Please fill out the following form if you plan on auditioning, as it will speed up the process once we start the auditions.
What to expect
Troopercussion is open to all individuals under the age of 23 as of March 31. Troopercussion is looking for individuals with a positive attitude and strong work ethic. Troopercussion does not discriminate based on disability, race, gender, or socio-economic standing.
Attendance at all practices and performances is mandatory.
There will be two parts to your audition process; Preliminary Auditions and Final Auditions.
You must fill out an application with all the complete attached forms and bring them with you to your audition.
If you are offered a position in the ensemble, it is expected that you will review the provided schedule and discuss any potential conflicts with Troopercussion Indoor staff prior to signing a contract.
By signing a Member Contract, you agree that you are committing to all dates on the schedule unless discussed with Troopercussion Indoor staff.
Preparing for the Audition
Sleep. Get a good night’s sleep. Healthy teenagers and adults should get between 8-10 hours of sleep each night. This may be difficult due to the demands of school, work, and home that cause physical, mental, and emotional fatigue. A good night’s sleep will refresh you and lead to greater accuracy and speed in your playing.
Food. Eat a well-balanced meal the night before and the morning of the audition. Aim for good carbs, like steel-cut oats or whole wheat toast, and a good balance of protein, fiber, and fruit. Be sure to drink plenty of water starting a few days before the audition.
Warm-up Routine. Always have a consistent warm-up routine. This may include stretches and push-ups followed by scales/rudiments, then playing the actual audition material. Whatever your routine is, be sure you go through each step and not just the motions. This gets your body, hands, and mind prepared for effective practicing and playing.
Practice, Practice, Practice. Be sure that you are practicing the required audition material every day. Start with small segments at a slow tempo, then work them up to speed. Once you can successfully play two segments separately, put them together and gradually kick up the tempo. If you make a mistake, stop and try it again. This is ok in practice situations so that you learn to play the material correctly.
(These may be video recorded)
The audition clinic will provide you with insight into what Troopercussion Indoor is like day-to-day in camps and in competition. Throughout the camp, you will experience first-hand instruction in a true rehearsal setting. You will get world-class instruction from an incredible staff as well as perform alongside returning veterans of the ensemble.
During your audition, the staff will evaluate your ability to perform with the group on several instruments. The staff is looking for individuals who can read music, listen well to the rest of the group, mark time in time with the music, and recover quickly from mistakes. During an individual interview, staff members will talk with you one-on-one to learn about your interest in the ensemble. You will start by telling the staff a little bit about you, including where you attend school, your year, major (if applicable) main instrument, and instrument you are auditioning for. You will also have the opportunity to show off your best playing in a solo environment.
After the Audition
After you audition, you will either receive a contract or a call-back.
If you receive a contract to become a member of Troopercussion Indoor, you must review the rehearsal and performance schedule CAREFULLY.
If you receive a call-back, the staff will let you know when the call-back date will be. A call-back simply means that the staff feels you need a little more time to practice and sharpen up your skills before being offered a contract.
Jason Jennings, Executive Director