Horn players: It’s Not Too Late To Wear Maroon And Gold

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If you thought the opportunity to be a Cadet this summer had come and gone, you’re wrong! Brass auditions continue this weekend in Woodstown, N.J., as the Cadets fill out several slots made available due to an increase in the hornline size, and the loss of several members who couldn’t meet the financial obligations.

Specifically, the corps is seeking musicians to fill the following slots:

* 1 baritone player
* 2 mellophone players
* 1 tuba player
* 3 trumpet players

The Cadets recently announced an increase in its hornline to 80 players as the Creative Team continues work on the corps’ 75th Anniversary Season program featuring the work of composer Leonard Bernstein. The increase opened up positions within the section as skilled horn players are invited to audition this weekend during the March 13-15th rehearsal camp at Woodstown High School.

“The increase in numbers has prompted us to continue actively seeking those very unique individuals who can fill out the brass section,” said Cadets Director George Hopkins.

Auditions began in November for the 2009 corps, but as the Creative Team dug in, a larger hornline was envisioned, and some members had to leave the corps due to the economic climate and financial issues.

Being just two months from the May 15th Move-In date, those who audition will clearly need to be ready to jump in, according to Justin Heimbecker, Assistant Director of the Cadets.

“Auditionees need to be available for this camp, the April 24-26 camp, and can Move In on May 15th. The Early Bird Tuition Fee of $1,999, as well as the Spring Training fee of $399 would be made available to those players,” Heimbecker said. “Also, at this point in the game, the requirements for brass performers are pretty specific. We are looking for extremely talented and physically fit musicians who are able to commit to the schedule and the financial obligations.”

Those who come on board this weekend will fall into pretty exciting times for the 2009 Cadets. This weekend marks the beginning of the corps’ 75th Anniversary Season events as alumni, family, friends and supporters are invited to an Open House on Sunday, March 15th at the school. The Open House is the first of many celebrations this season that marks 75-years of Maroon and Gold!

Brass players interested in auditioning should contact Heimbecker immediately at Justin [at] yea [dot] org, or by telephone at (610) 821-0345, 112. Registration for camp begins at 7 p.m. in the school library at Woodstown High School, Woodstown, N.J. Rehearsals begin at 9 p.m. and run through Sunday afternoon.

This weekend’s Open House is free and welcomes alumni, fans and family members for refreshments, a social and to hear the 2009 Cadets. No formal RSVP is required, although we would love you to email ahead for planning purposes. Email Caryn Goebel at caryn [at] yea [dot] org with the number in your party.

Posted by on Tuesday, March 10th, 2009. Filed under DCI World.