Audition Specific Questions:

Q: When are Auditions?
October 8 & 15, 2023, from 10am – 7pm. Check-in and on-site registration will begin at 9am.

Q: Where are auditions?
A: Upland High School, 565 W 11th St, Upland, CA 91786 (Please enter campus from the West Parking Lot)

Q: Can I register at the door?
Yes, but check in will be easier & quicker if you register in advance online

Q: What is the cost?

Q: What do I bring to auditions?
Your own instrument (Snares and Tenors only, if possible), sticks, audition packet, practice pad, appropriate rehearsal attire, water, and a great attitude!

Q: Can I come the second date even if I miss the first?
A: Absolutely, but be sure to register for auditions still, and contact us to let us know

Q: What should I do if I can’t make any of audition dates or have more questions?
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Q: I’m having trouble registering. Who should I contact?
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COVID-19 Precautions

With support of health professionals, we are taking measures to protect the health and safety of our performers, staff and volunteers, which may include temperature checks and physical distancing in so much is reasonable for the activity.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness or death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, those with underlying medical conditions and senior citizens are especially vulnerable.
By participating in these auditions or any other Gold Youth Arts Organization sponsored events, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

General Questions:

Q: How do I become a member?
Register for the Clinics/Auditions, learn the Audition Material, and attend the Audition rehearsals!

Q: I am unable to join the ensemble this season, will the Clinics & Auditions still benefit me?
A: Yes! The Clinics will be focused on education and training, along with the audition process. Anyone is welcome to attend regardless of their plans for this coming winter season!

Q: What is the typical instrumentation for the ensemble?
A: Battery
: Snares, Tenors, Basses, Visual Ensemble
Front Ensemble: Mallets, Drumset, Synthesizers, Aux Rack

Q:  Will my high school program interfere with Gold Indoor?
If your high school program has an indoor ensemble, we encourage you to participate with that ensemble instead. Depending on the circumstances, there may be a possibility in participating in both ensembles, as long as schedules permit. Regardless, a conversation with your Music Director will needed in order to participate with Gold Indoor. There is absolutely flexibility and options to make it happen, if we communicate about this early on!

Q: Will this interfere with Drum Corps?
NO! We obviously encourage our members to participate in the DCI activity as well, and are obviously affiliated with Gold Drum & Bugle Corps. Our performances need to be prioritized over any DCI Rehearsal Camp conflicts, but this discussion will be had on a case-by-case basis. The most important thing is communication!

Q:  How will I know the schedule?
The season schedule will be posted on the “Calendar” section of the website, and updated as needed (with adequate notice).

Q:  Where and when do we compete?
Information coming soon! Typically we participate locally in SCPA in WGI circuits, and culminating at the WGI World Championships in Dayton, OH.

Q:  How much are 2024 Member Dues?
This will be announced shortly, as the final number will be dependent on a number of factors. Our goal is always to keep the cost at the absolute lowest possible amount while maintaining a high quality experience.

Q:  What is the ensemble size?
Typically, the ensemble consists of snares, tenors, basses, cymbals, and front ensemble. The ensemble will total roughly 36-40 members or more and will be determined during audition camps.

Q. How old do I have to be to audition and march?
For 2024: Performers not over 22 years of age as of 12:01 AM on April 1, 2024 are welcome to participate in our ensemble

Q. I’m not sure that I’ll make the group. Should I audition anyway?
Absolutely! The audition process is meant to be highly education along with the goal of setting the ensemble. Hopefully everyone attending will get a valuable and educational experience!

Q: I have questions that aren’t answered here. What should I do?
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