Seattle Cascades hold first camp

Seattle Cascades (Seattle, WA)
Photo by Ron Walloch

Nearly 200 musicians and color guard hopefuls attended the Seattle Cascades’ audition camp in Everett, WA, December 6-8. The large number of veterans and rookies came from throughout the western states.

The vets took the lead as potential new members were introduced to drum corps life and Cascades traditions. Following opening remarks and the introduction of the top-flight staff by Executive Director Sal Leone, no time was wasted starting to develop the technique and skill that will be necessary to perform the new season’s challenging Spanish-themed show. There was a great deal of anticipation and excitement as the weekend of intense rehearsals concluded with a “show and tell” performance by each section for the others. The quality and experience level of the performers was the highest ever, as the corps works toward improving its finalist position achieved for the first time last year.

The corps’ 12,000-mile national tour begins in northern California in late June. Following major competitions in Denver, San Antonio, Indianapolis and Allentown, the Cascades’ seven-week, 30-performance tour concludes at the Drum Corps International World Championships in Orlando, FL.

The next camp will be held at Explorer Middle School in Everett January 17-20. Color guard, brass and percussion players who were unable to attend the December camp are encouraged to audition. Membership will be finalized following this camp. Go to for further information.