Columbus Saints Announces Reduced Fees, Scholarship

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The Columbus Saints All-Age Drum & Bugle Corps is thrilled to announce two exciting initiatives aimed at making the incredible experience of marching drum corps more accessible than ever before.

Reduced Fees: In a commitment to inclusivity and affordability, the Saints have significantly reduced their participation fees for the 2024 Drum Corps International season. The new fee of $600, payable in installments, makes marching with the Saints a more achievable dream for aspiring musicians and performers.

Columbus Saints at 2023 Saints Showcase, Hosted by Mount Vernon HS Music Department, Mount Vernon, OH taken by Le Ron Carlton

Needs-Based Scholarship: The corps is also launching a new needs-based scholarship program specifically for students residing in Ohio. This scholarship offers financial assistance ranging from 50% to 100% of the participation fees, allowing students aged 13-24 to overcome financial barriers and pursue their passion for marching arts. Additionally, the Saints provide opportunities for students to further reduce their remaining balance through fundraising initiatives and volunteer programs.

“We are passionate about creating opportunities for individuals of all backgrounds to experience the transformative power of drum corps,” says Le Ron Carlton, Executive Director of the Columbus Saints. “These initiatives demonstrate our commitment to removing financial barriers and fostering a diverse and inclusive environment within our corps.”

About the Columbus Saints Drum & Bugle Corps

Founded in 2003 by social worker Marshall Cheatham, the Columbus Saints is an all-age competitive drum corps based in Columbus, Ohio. Entering their 5th season competing in Drum Corps International’s All-Age class, the Saints offer a dynamic and rewarding experience for musicians and performers of all skill levels. They rehearse locally, participate in regional competitions, and culminate their season at the prestigious DCI World Championships held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Currently, the Saints have openings for all sections, including brass, percussion, and color guard. Interested students are encouraged to visit the corps website at or contact lcarlton [at] columbussaints [dot] org for more information about the fee reduction, scholarship program, and audition process.

Posted by on Saturday, February 24th, 2024. Filed under Current News, DCA News, FrontPage Feature.