Talented Performers from Across the World Strive to Join Carolina Crown
Crown2015 Camp1 is in the books! Auditionees from across the country and the world spent the weekend at Fort Mill's Nation Ford High School playing, marching, and spinning, all in hopes of earning a spot and joining the Crown family for the 2015 season.
After checking in and completing paperwork on Friday night, the potential members listened to Crown founder and new DCI Hall of Fame member, Kevin Smith, summarize the history of Carolina Crown, before Tour Director Nancy Barth and Executive Director Jim Coates reviewed the plan for the weekend. Then it was off to classrooms and gymnasiums for the first session of rehearsals.
Saturday was the first extended rehearsal day for many of the new auditionees. They learned new music, exercises, and routines throughout the day and were auditioned individually by their section caption supervisors. By the end of the day, weary young men and women throughout the school were quick to collapse for the night.
After a Sunday morning session of section rehearsals, it was time for the traditional show-and-tell where parents and fans were given the chance to see what the corps was up to throughout the weekend. It was also time for Jim Coates to thank all the parents and friends who volunteered throughout the weekend and to talk with parents who had questions about Carolina Crown and the audition process.
Cleaning, packing, loading, and hugging goodbye signaled the end to what was a very successful camp. Veteran trumpet player Cory Gates said, "All the new people really learned the standards we set in order be Carolina Crown. I am excited about the hornline. We have a lot of new talent coming in."
In just four weeks, these performers, along with many more auditionees who could not make it this weekend due to college obligations, will return to South Carolina for Crown2015 Camp2.
Check back over the next few weeks as we discuss more about camps, learn about the volunteers, and get you ready for the Crown2015 season.