Audition Opportunities


Missed out on your chance to audition for the 2024 Santa Clara Vanguard? Video auditions have been extended through January 10th!

Feedback and grades become available on mySCV every Wednesday between now and the new deadline. Submit today for your chance at an invitation to our callback camp in Southlake, TX January 12-14.

Audition FAQs

How much does it cost to audition?

Audition fees help us provide you with a world-class educational experience, including paying for facilities, meals, and instruction.  For full weekend camps (Dallas and San Jose), your audition fee is $150, while for 1 day, satellite, and video auditions are $50.  Fees for all auditions will increase by $50 if paid on the day of the camp. 

Where can I get my audition materials?

Color Guard & Percussion Auditionees: Your audition information letter will be available for download on MySCV after you complete the Prospective Member Questionnaire.

Brass Auditionees: You can purchase your audition materials here (trumpet | mellophone | baritone | tuba). The cost is $20 and it will include all music and visual requirements for auditions (video resources for visual can be found here!). You will be using this packet throughout the audition camps and pre-season.

Can I audition to be a drum major in 2024?

Absolutely! All spots are currently open for SCV 2024. You can review the requirements for Drum Major auditions by clicking the link to the Virtual Drum Major audition at the top of this page!

What happens at an audition camp?

Your audition experience will include a world class education, where our faculty will teach you how we do what we do!  Each section does their audition process differently but everyone at the audition will have an individual audition, a chance to perform with a group and afterward you’ll receive individualized feedback about your performance.  Prospective members will be notified of their status the week after the weekend’s conclusion.  Those who are invited will be asked to attend our mandatory “Call Back Camp” in Dallas, Texas in January.

What should I bring to camp with me? What should I wear? How should I prepare?

Here is a list of what to bring to audition camps.

What happens if I am offered a callback or a contract?

At the conclusion of your audition, there are three possible outcomes: a contract (Grade 1), a callback (Grade 2), or an opportunity to try again next year if you are eligible (Grade 3). Callback Camp will be January 12-14, 2024 in Dallas, TX. This camp is required for all musicians offered a callback either at an in-person event or from a virtual audition. Musicians offered a contract will also attend this camp.

Color guard prospective members on a callback or contract status will complete their audition at our April Rehearsal Camp in April 2024 in Dallas, TX.

How much does it cost to march if I get a spot?

Tuition costs are $5,300 for the full summer. You’ll pay your tuition in multiple installments beginning in January 2024.  Multiple scholarship opportunities will be available for all participants. SCV offers returning member discounts and sibling discounts. 


You will also have rehearsal camp fees for the Spring rehearsal camps. 

  • Brass & Percussion January Callback: $50 callback camp if you attended an in-person 2-day camp; $150 if you attended a satellite, one-day, or virtual audition
  • Brass & Percussion Camps: $100 (camp dates coming soon)
  • Color Guard April Callback: $50 callback camp if you attended an in-person 2-day camp; $150 if you attended a satellite or virtual audition
If I get a spot, what does the time commitment look like?

You will be required to complete online assignments and training assigned from January (Callbacks)-PreTour (May Move Ins). Rehearsal camps are required for all members. If you are unable to attend a rehearsal camp you must notify corps management and caption managers. 

Rehearsal Camps
  • February: Brass, Percussion, and DMs – Virtual
  • March 22-24: Brass, Percussion, and DMs – Dallas, TX
  • April 26-68: Full Corps/Color Guard Callbacks – Dallas, TX

In May all members will join SCV full time to rehearse at our Pre-Tour location (to be announced).  You will be rehearsing, living, and performing with the corps for approximately 3 months, beginning Memorial Day Weekend and ending August 10.

How old do you have to be to be in Vanguard?

To be part of SCV this summer we require that you be at least 16 years old on June 1st and you must be eligible to participate in Drum Corps International competition this summer (see: turning age 22 on June 1, 2024 or later). Most SCV members each summer are 18 and older, but several students under 18 do make the corps each year.

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