2023 Video Auditions are $50 plus a reduced $25 registration fee (waived for Veteran members of the corps).

Auditions for the 2023 season are here! While the live audition events are the primary method of achieving membership, a video evaluation is your way to get in the mix NOW. Here are your guidelines to get going on that process.

  1. Register online ($25 Registration fee reduced for a limited time) and pay for the Video Audition fee ($50).  Upon registering you will receive the audition materials and instructions on how to prepare your video, as well as provide the administration accurate and complete contact information for you.
  2. Prepare the material for which you wish to submit to the staff for review. Use the suggestions given as a guideline for your material. Avoid making the video too long. 
  3. Upload your video to YouTube. If you do not have a YouTube account, you can create one free of charge by clicking the following link: www.youtube.com/signup. For more information on creating an account or uploading your video, click on the YouTube logo to go directly to their Help page.
  4. Submit an email to us directly with the link to your video included in the message. Make certain that your video is not designated as private, so the staff can view the video when they click on the link. Simply go to the YouTube web page that shows your video, copy the complete URL as it appears in the browser Address Bar, and paste the link into an e-mail addressed to: email@arizonaacademy.org (type “2023 Academy Audition Video” in the subject line).

Guard Video Guidelines

The video should contain:

  1. A short introduction of yourself that includes your past performance experience (less than 1 minute)
  2. Dance phrase, Flag phrase, Flag toss sequence (provided upon registration).
  3. Optional Rifle/Sabre phrases and spins & stops exercise (provided upon registration).

The instructional videos and information on how to perform the above exercises are detailed in a google drive folder that is shared upon registration.

Brass Video Guidelines

Brass applicants should demonstrate both visual and musical skills in the video. Here are some suggestions:

  1. A short introduction of yourself that includes your past performance experience (less than 1 minute)
  2. Musical – Perform an etude/solo of your own choosing demonstrating technical facility. (1-2 minutes)
  3. Musical – Perform an etude/solo of your own choosing in a lyrical style. (1-2 minutes)
  4. Musical/Visual Excerpt 1- Perform a lip slur exercise of your choosing while performing a box drill at 142 BPM (or similar marching drill)
  5. Musical/Visual Excerpt 2 – Perform a 7-count long tone while performing a box drill at 180 BPM. 

Front Ensemble Video Guidelines

Front Ensemble applicants should submit a video demonstrating some of the recommendations below. All technique excerpts should be played along with a metronome that can be heard on the video.

Mallet & keyboard players:

  1. A short introduction of yourself that includes your past performance experience (less than 1 minute)
  2. Two-Mallet Technique – Selection of your choice.
  3. Four-mallet technique exercises – Selection of your choice.
  4. Optional – If you currently do not have access to an instrument, you can submit a past performance video that can give the staff an example of your skills and experience.

Drumset players:

The Academy will most likely be incorporating a drum set performer in the 2023 season.  Submit a video of you performing in one or more of these scenarios:

  1. A short introduction of yourself that includes your past performance experience (less than 1 minute)
  2. Footage of you behind the drumset playing various material of your choosing, and/or
  3. Footage of you playing with a band such as jazz, stage, rock, etc.
  4. Footage of you playing in a winter drumline setting or marching band setting where you have played drum set before.

Drumline Video Guidelines 

Drumline applicants should submit a video demonstrating some of the recommendations below. All excerpts should be played along with a metronome that can clearly be heard on the video. It is preferred to see excerpts from Academy’s technique program from our current packet, which will be available upon registering. However, other material can be performed that demonstrates some of the same skills and ability level that the staff is looking for.

  1. A short introduction of yourself that includes your past performance experience (less than 1 minute)
  2. A few technique exercises of varying difficulty (2-3 minutes)
  3. Some music excerpts from a book recently performed (1-2 minutes)
  4. Optional – an excerpt of you performing on your instrument within another drumline (1-2 minutes)