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• Do I audition at one single camp, or do I have to attend all of the camps? You are expected to attend all of the camps that are scheduled for your particular section. The audition process spans several camps and involves the evaluation of many aspects that include, but are not limited to: talent, skill, physical condition, attendance, participation, improvement, work ethic, and attitude. We typically offer membership to students by the month of February.  Any conflicts should be discussed with the caption supervisor and e-mailed to early in the audition process. There will be a rebate for those who attend and pay for all six pre-season camps which will be applied toward uniform or spring training fees when the member moves into Spring Training. 

• What if I cannot attend a camp because of a school conflict? Although everyone is expected to be at all scheduled camps, pre-arranged school commitments take precedence over drum corps activities. We want you to be successful in drum corps AND school. Most school events are posted on the district or campus schedule months in advance – sometimes up to a year. It is YOUR responsibility to communicate any possible conflicts with the Crown administration AND your Caption Supervisor at the first camp. If you find that you must miss a camp, an audio/video tape may be submitted to demonstrate your progress. This should be arranged with your caption supervisor and the Crown office. 

• What if I have a conflict with attending a rehearsal camp for reasons that are not necessarily school related? Those types of instances will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Regardless of the reason, if you have a camp conflict you should strive to attend as much of that camp weekend as possible. You will need to discuss the conflict with your Caption Supervisor and the Crown Administration. 

• What if I still owe money to the last corps I marched with? Unfortunately, you will not be permitted to participate in Carolina Crown until you have fulfilled all financial commitments to any previous drums corps you have participated in. This is a Drum Corps International policy and there are no exceptions.

• What should I bring? Everyone should bring the following items to your first Carolina Crown full weekend camp: sleeping bag, pillow, towel, toiletries, clothes you can move in (sweats, T-shirts, shorts, tennis shoes, etc.). You should have already completed your membership application and paid your $150 registration fee (waived for vets). You also must pay your $150 camp fee, and complete the Camp Liability Waiver form with the appropriate signature (if under 18 must be signed by a parent/guardian). This form will be e-mailed to you after registration and registration fees are completed.  Depending on your caption, you should bring the following items to camp: 

  • BRASS - marching brass instrument (you can audition on trombone if that is your main instrument), mouthpiece, gloves, your audition packet, and a sturdy binder with plastic sleeves/sheet protectors for your music
  • PERCUSSION - instrument and carrier (if possible), sticks, mallets, your audition packet, a binder with plastic sheet protectors for your music, and a practice pad.
  • GUARD - dance shoes (if you own any), appropriate dance clothes (BLACK spandex and/or form fitting – not too long or baggy), and a rifle, saber and/or flag.
• Will I be provided transportation to the camp location if I fly or take a bus in to Charlotte? Yes. We will make arrangements to transport you from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Charlotte Greyhound Station, or Charlotte Amtrak Station beginning around 4pm on camp Fridays.  We will also arrange to take you back to those locations on Sunday after camp. Once you've registered you will be notified of the creation of your Corpsdata account. Each month you will receive a Corpsdata invitation to camp for which you must RSVP through Corpsdata, and if necessary, enter your travel information. Travel information must be done on or before the Wednesday before the camp.

• Where do I eat, sleep, and rehearse when I am with the corps for the weekend camps? Carolina Crown utilizes various area schools and their facilities for our camps. Food is provided by the corps during your entire weekend. The corps has a full service mobile kitchen staffed with volunteers who will prepare a snack Friday evening, three meals and a snack on Saturday, and breakfast and a snack on Sunday. You will be sleeping in the school gym (or similar size area) "camping style" using a pillow and sleeping bag. You will have access to the school locker rooms for showers.

• Are my parents invited? Absolutely! Parents are encouraged to attend camps. Carolina Crown administrators and other volunteers will be in attendance at all auditions to answer questions. Parents who volunteer during the weekend are offered the use of separate sleeping quarters in the school, and there are numerous volunteer positions available for parents to fill. Bring a sleeping bag and "pitch-in" for the weekend!

• What if my parents would like to talk to someone about the corps? Parents who have questions are encouraged to contact the Crown office. The office is usually open Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Feel free to email questions to or call 803-547-2270 ext 101.

• How many spots are open in the corps? There are 150 total spots open in the corps. We will also carry a select few alternates with us on tour as well. Every student must audition for the corps each year, including returning members.

• What is Carolina Crown? Carolina Crown is a non-profit youth organization committed to "Developing lifelong excellence in young people through a superior and challenging performing arts education experience." Although we are involved with the development of numerous other youth-arts related activities, the drum corps is the largest program offering of Carolina Crown, Inc.
But we can't do it without your support.

Carolina Crown, Inc. is a 501(c)3 approved charity by the Internal Revenue Service. Our mission is "Developing Lifelong Excellence in young people". We achieve this through performance opportunities and a commitment to education in the performing arts with core values of Integrity, Commitment, Respect and Excellence.

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