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Is Phantom Regiment the only corps that has their drum major do more musical things such as cues, crescendos/decrescendos, and other added things. I plan on auditioning for drum major in DCI but i really enjoy the way PR's Drum Majors conduct and I was interested in knowing if any other corps does it.

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So you're looking for more "conductor" DM's than pure timekeeping ones? Sure, there are several in DCI, but it can change pretty quickly, depending on the DM. I hate to pass you on, but your best bet is probably Youtube - watch some shows from last summer and this and you'll get a feel pretty quickly for conducting styles.

Mike

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So you're looking for more "conductor" DM's than pure timekeeping ones? Sure, there are several in DCI, but it can change pretty quickly, depending on the DM. I hate to pass you on, but your best bet is probably Youtube - watch some shows from last summer and this and you'll get a feel pretty quickly for conducting styles.

Mike

Thanks, Mike.

Ive been doing that and my other option is Blue Devils but all of the videos of drum majors i have seen consists of them only keeping tempo :\ but i will keep looking :)

thanks!

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One of the least attributes a DM brings to his or her Corps is their conducting style. As a former lead DM, my suggestion is for you to first find yourself a Corps that if they asked you to, you would be willing to lie down in the middle of a busy highway for them if they asked you too. ( well not literally, but you get the point ) Its not about you, nor your directing style. Corps want leadership abilities, and your willingness to put your Corps above any and all self interests you might possess,. This what I would most look for anyway if I was a Corps staffer today and looking for a new Lead DM, or assistant DM. Good luck to you in finding a Corps that your personal characteristics a Corps will find fits the profile of what they want in their future DM's. Also, research a Corps to be sure its a Corps whose culture and teaching styles match your own. You have already demonstrated to me a self confidence coupled with a naturally inquisitive mind, and thats a pretty good initial tip off to me anyway that at least at some level you have at least two personality characteristics that makes for a potentially good practice and competition leader for most Drum Corps..

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I applaud you for wanting to be drum major but I think you also need to consider this, a majority of drum corps fill the drum major spot among the members.

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The Bluecoats offer a drum major conducting camp in the spring called The Blue Way. You can find info on their web site.

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