Percussion Auditions

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Because the corps draws members from across the world, it is a significant challenge to meet for rehearsal. Winter rehearsals are the most effective way to prepare for the start of the summer season. The corps meets one weekend a month from November through April. With only five rehearsals it is crucial that every member attends the entirety of every rehearsal.

Over the course of the weekend, attendees will learn our basic technique, rehearse the program and supplementary music, and begin to learn our policies, philosophy, and history. With so much essential material covered at each rehearsal, it is easy to see why we place such importance on attendance.

MadSkills Audition Dates
(attend one)

Saturday, November 19

Franklin Township MS
6019 S Franklin Road
Indianapolis, IN 46259
Airport: IND, Time Zone: ET
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, November 19
Pine Mountain MS
2720 Pine Mountain Cir
Kennesaw, GA 30152
Airport: ATL, Time Zone: ET
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, November 19

Osseo MS
10223 93rd Avenue North
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Airport: MSP, Time Zone: CT
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, November 20

Eaton High School
1350 Eagle Boulevard
Haslet, TX 76052
Airport: DFW, Time Zone: CT
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Rehearsal Dates

Franklin Township MS
6019 S Franklin Road
Indianapolis, IN 46259
Airport: IND, Time Zone: ET
Starts on Friday at 7 p.m.
Ends on Sunday at 2 p.m.

December 16-18, 2016
Brass & percussion callbacks and rehearsal

January 20-22, 2017
Brass & percussion rehearsal

February 24-26, 2017
Brass & percussion rehearsal

April 28-30, 2017
Brass, percussion, & color guard rehearsal

May 27 – June 23, 2017
Spring Training

The Process

The Madison Scouts audition experience begins with our first rehearsal in November and continues one weekend a month until spring training. Over the course of each rehearsal weekend, you will work closely with our instructional staff to learn the foundation of our technique program. In addition to section and group rehearsals, you will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with one of our staff members, who will give you important pointers on how to prepare for your next rehearsal.

After your first rehearsal, and after each subsequent rehearsal, you will be notified of your standing with the corps. While it is possible for you to earn a contract after the first rehearsal, the reality is that most members attend multiple rehearsals before earning their spot. It is critical that you use the time between rehearsals to strengthen the weak areas identified by our staff. The audition process can be long and trying, but with hard work and dedication a spot with the Madison Scouts is entirely within your reach!

Member Tuition

It’s no secret—marching in a drum corps can be costly. While we work tirelessly to keep tuition low, the truth is that you need to be prepared to pay the vast majority of it out of pocket. We offer a variety of fundraising and scholarship opportunities. However, the scholarships are competitive and the fundraisers are only as successful as the work you put into them.

Our tuition covers all housing, food, transportation, equipment and uniform costs while you are on tour and during spring training, as well as an education delivered by our world class instructional team. You will need to have sufficient funds for laundry every two weeks, as well as for other minor expenses such as section shorts, set books, performance gloves, OTC medications & medical supplies and any spending money for free days or the occasional non-corps meal. Members are responsible for the costs of replacing uniform parts or equipment that are missing or damaged beyond reasonable wear and tear.

Only contracted members must pay tuition. However, everyone must pay the audition registration fee.

Percussion Tuition

2017 Audition Fee: $99

2017 Tuition
10% discount for
returning members

Payment Schedule
Dec. 15: $600
Jan. 15: $600
Feb. 15: $600
Mar. 15: $600
Apr. 15: $600
May 15: Balance Due

Common Questions

When you register to audition, you will receive an email confirmation. In the email confirmation, there will be a link to download your audition packet. The packet will explain what you need to prepare. Please note, the audition packet is provided only as a digital download (PDF). You will not receive anything in the mail.

During your audition, you will be evaluated on and will need to be able to demonstrate the following:

  1. A desire to be in the corps. A great attitude and the ability to take instruction are invaluable.
  2. The skills required to be in the corps.
  3. Commitment to the rehearsal schedule. You need to be in attendance.
  4. Ability to pay tuition. We strive to keep our tuition lower than most other corps, but we need your commitment to meet your financial obligation in a timely manner.

We offer multiple fundraising and scholarship opportunities. The sooner you become a contracted member of the corps, the more opportunities you will have to offset your tuition!

No. We go to great lengths to keep tuition as low as possible. The amount you pay is a fraction of the actual cost incurred to provide this opportunity. By joining late, you are not only limiting your own ability to raise money, you are missing out on months of training and preparation for the season.

No. In cooperation with other corps and Drum Corps International, you will not be eligible to perform with the Scouts until your outstanding obligations have been fulfilled.

Yes! Contact corps director Dann Petersen at for details about conductor auditions.

Yes. Returning members will receive a discount on tuition. You will be required to go through the audition process as a new member in order to allow our staff to get to know you and assess your current skill level.

The best preparation is actually going through the process this year. Even if you don’t think you have chance, we recommend you give it your best effort. You will no doubt learn a great deal about yourself and the process.
While we expect 100% attendance, we understand that on rare occasions you may have an unavoidable conflict. You are encouraged to remain active in the audition process, but understand we cannot hold a spot open for you.
Due to the high volume of applicants, we ask that brass players bring an instrument to rehearsal when possible.
Each section handles video auditions differently. Email Dann Petersen at for details.