Concept art developed for Pacific Crest @PCDrumCorps between 2006 - 2008 - earliest work (pre ‘08) was fantasy; 2008 sketches were created in conjunction with corps leadership and design design team.
Anonymous asked: What's it like for the auditioning process for marching cymbals at PC? I was thinking about doing it next year but I just barley learned it this past November for Winter line. Is there anything I can prepare for physically and musically?
Marching cymbals at Pacific Crest is no walk in the park. We use 20-inch Sabian Germanic cymbals, which are one of the heaviest cymbals of the entire DCI. Utilizing those bad boys takes a lot of physical and mental strength.
Auditioning is pretty straightforward. We look for potential members’ attitudes, how they interact with other members, how quickly they can apply information given to them by the techs, and how much they try (aka how badly they want to join the corps). Having good marching and playing technique and being able to learn music and count consistently are secondary things that are also important factors in the audition process. But we would probably take someone with less cymbal experience but a lot of motivation and positive attitude over someone with more cymbal experience but who doesn’t look like they’re improving or getting along with the rest of the corps.
In Pacific Crest, we as a cymbal line are all about being badass AND having fun. If everyone nails the rep the first time through, we will most likely move on. We will never get punished and have to do push-ups or run like other sections do. If we are less than perfect, the techs will simply make us do it again. But they know our physical limitations. We get a lot of breaks if we do well, and we always do things together as a section- some of the things we do that NO other section does: cymbal dinners out, have a cymbal mascot, matching cymbal shorts/hats/gloves/random accessories, visit other corps’ cymbal lines in the lot and give them gifts and be friends, cymbal exploring, you name it. Since we are literally the smallest section in the corps, we are also the tightest. Making the Pacific Crest cymbal line is like being welcomed into a cult- erm, family. A friendly cult.
As far as preparation goes, work on your musical ability to learn and memorize complex music with syncopation. Physically, do everything you can to be able to lift those heavy metal plates. I’m not kidding- they are REALLY heavy. Really heavy. REALLY HEAVY.
In short, the Pacific Crest cymbal line is one of the funniest, quirkiest, closest, and best sections in DCI land. You can always ask more questions to get a good idea of how we work, but I recommend that you should definitely come out and audition to see what it’s all about. That’s the only way you’ll truly know.
Hello everybody! I’m Nico Salum! I’m a 21 year old biochemistry major at California State University, Bakersfield. I have been playing euphonium for nearly seven years. I am currently a member of the CSUB Concert Band and the CSUB Pep Band. Additionally, I am an instructor at my alma mater, Centennial High School. It has been a dream of mine since high school to march in a World Class drum corps.
Fortunately, I have been accepted into the Pacific Crest Drum and Bugle Corps, Southern California’s only World Class drum and bugle corps, for the 2014 season on euphonium. This summer, we will be presenting No Strings Atttached…, a show that will musically and visually explore the world of puppets from our perspective and theirs, to nearly 100,000 fans in live performances and in cinemas across the country.
Being a part of Pacific Crest will cost me $2,000. This fee covers transportation, lodging, meals, uniforms, instruments, equipment, production, and instruction.
I will be a rookie age-out (aka rookout), meaning that this will be my ONE AND ONLY SUMMERas a performer on a World Class corps.
It will be greatly appreciated if you considered helping my dream become a reality by donating what you can and sharing this campaign with friends and family. Any amount donated will go a mile and more in helping me march my ONE AND ONLY SUMMERof drum corps. Non monetary donations are also welcome.
If you have any questions about donating or anything about what this summer entails for me or would like to support my dream non-monetarily please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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