BEX CLINICS & AUDITIONS
Our 2020 Battalion Experience (BEX) event schedule includes clinics and auditions near Salt Lake City and Denver. All events will be on Friday evening and all day Saturday.
BEX clinics give students an opportunity to experience drum corps first hand and learn what they need to work on to prepare for our audition process whether you plan on auditioning for the upcoming season or in the future. You will meet and learn from our world-class staff and receive feedback on your performance abilities. You will also learn what is expected of a member of The Battalion. BEX auditions take that experience one step further, as students begin the process of earning a spot as a member in The Battalion for the 2020 season.
Check-in for BEX clinics and auditions begin at 5:00 pm on Friday, with the event taking place from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Friday and 9:00 am to 10:00 pm on Saturday. Lunch and dinner during these events are provided on Saturdays. If you have a food allergy or dietary restriction, you need to include that in your registration form. If you register within 3 days of an event and have a dietary restriction, we cannot guarantee that our meals will accommodate your needs. Attendees are responsible for your own housing and transportation for BEX events. Once you reserve your clinic/audition spot, you will receive a link to join our 2020 Facebook membership interest page, which will allow you to get to know other candidates. They will be a great resource for securing shared lodging and transportation, if needed.
BEX EVENT SCHEDULE
November 29-30, 2019 - Colorado BEX Clinic - Loveland HS -Loveland, CO
December 13-14, 2019 - Utah BEX Clinic - Copper Hills HS - West Jordan, UT
January 3-4, 2020 - Colorado BEX Audition - Castle View HS - Castle Rock, CO
January 24-25, 2020 - Utah BEX Audition - Copper Hills HS - West Jordan, UT
February 14-15, 2020 - BRASS ONLY - Fremont HS - Plain City, UT
March 13-14, 2020 - BRASS ONLY - Maple Mountain HS - Spanish Fork, UT
April 24-25, 2020 - FULL CORPS - Payson HS - Payson, UT
May 22-23, 2020 - FULL CORPS - Salt Lake City
Can I submit a video audition?
Yes. To reserve a video audition slot, fill out the registration form below, and proceed to the reservation area below. This option should only be used if you cannot make it to one of our audition clinics. You should make every effort to attend before using the video audition option. Video auditions are due by January 24th. Specific instructions will be sent to you after you have paid the video audition fee. For any additional questions, email us email@example.com.
Auditioning for The Battalion is a process. Each BEX event is an opportunity for you to show our staff how well you take feedback and instruction and apply it over time. Our staff will evaluate potential members individually and in group rehearsal settings. Selection of our membership is based upon an individual’s attitude, work ethic, attendance, physical health, ability to pay tuition, and skills.
It is important to understand that expectations do not drop once students are offered a spot in the corps – they only continue to increase. Even after a student is given a member contract, if that member does not continue to fulfill his/her obligations to the rest of the corps through preparation, attendance, attitude, work ethic, and professionalism, membership can be revoked. This corps represents the state, the community, and every staff, volunteer and student member involved in the corps. We expect our members to understand this, take pride in it, and act accordingly.
**If your first clinic is in February, March, April, or May, you will need to pay an additional $50 to match the fee of the audition events. **
Can I audition for a drum major position?
Yes. We will have open auditions for assistant drum majors at our January BEX Audition Event in Utah. Any student that intends to audition for an assistant drum major position is encouraged to attend a clinic and attend an audition on their primary instrument as well.
Reserving Your BEX Clinic and Audition Slot
To reserve your spot at any BEX Clinic or Audition:
Fill out the information in the form below
Once you've completed the info form, add the events you wish to attend to your shopping cart and proceed to checkout
Clinic/Audition packets will be sent after your registration and payment have been received. Please allow up to 2 business days to receive your packet.
What to Bring
Brass students will need to bring your own instrument to the clinic. For example, individuals wanting to play baritone will need to bring a baritone. Battery players will need to bring a battery instrument (snare/tenor/bass), a pair of marching snare or tenor sticks, and a drum pad. Those wishing to play a front ensemble instrument will need to bring mallets and a drum pad. Attendees interested in guard will be need to bring your own flag. If guard students wish to receive training on weapons, they must bring their own equipment. If you have questions or concerns about bringing an instrument, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcome all skill levels to come and learn at our clinics and auditions. Attending a BEX event is a great way to experience drum corps for a weekend and gain insight into what this activity is all about. Our incredible staff will help you through it.
There will be plenty of students who are nervous about being a part of something where the performance expectations are high. Everyone has to start somewhere and sometime. This is a learning experience and we want you all to have a great time experiencing the magic of drum corps first hand.
During the audition event, each member will receive a personal evaluation from one of our staff members with meaningful suggestions for improvement. Everyone will leave with something they need to work on to prepare them for the next audition event.
We guarantee you’ll learn a lot about drum corps, receive great instruction, and make new friends.
For any additional questions regarding auditions, please read our FAQ page here.
See you soon! ONWARD!