XRP 2020 Auditions


Crossroads strives to provide accessibility to a world-class caliber of instruction. Collectively, our educational team has 70+ years of marching and teaching experience, and we will do our part to provide access to this knowledge and expertise. In part, our mission is to be at the forefront of education for the marching-arts activity in the Midwest region.


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Pre-season Clinics

To promote student involvement and interaction with our educational team, XRP is hosting three pre-season clinics.

  • Open to individuals of any age

  • Open to individuals with any/no prior experience

  • No commitment to march the 2020 season with Crossroads

  • Two rehearsal blocks of instruction from our Educational Team

These are meant to be a learning opportunity for anybody who wants to learn!
Details and Registration can be found below.

Thanks to a recent partnership between Crossroads Indoor, Des Moines Public Schools, and Valley High School, these clinics are free-of-charge for any students enrolled in DMPS or who are current members of the Valley Marchmasters.


Auditions

Crossroads Percussion competes in WGI competition under Independent Open classification (WGI PIO). Individuals interested in marching the 2020 competitive WGI season with XRP are encouraged to attend pre-season clinics as an opportunity to learn from our Educational Team, but the only event that is required is the Audition Event.

Although anybody may attend the Audition Event, to be eligible to march the 2020 season, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • 22 or younger on April 1, 2020

  • Able to attend weekend rehearsals throughout January, February, and March

  • Able to attend WGI World Championships the week of April 13-19, 2020

  • Able to meet a financial obligation (Member Fee) of approximately $1200 (payable in installments over four-months time)

  • If you are a high school student, your high school must not have a competitive winter percussion program.

Thanks to a recent partnership between Crossroads Indoor and Des Moines Public Schools, attendance at 2020 Auditions is free-of-charge for any students enrolled in DMPS.

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REGISTER FOR EVENTS

CLINIC 1
SNARE, TENOR, BASS, CYMBAL ONLY

Sunday, October 20, 2019
EVENT CLOSED

CLINIC 2
FRONT ENSEMBLE ONLY

Sunday, October 27, 2019
Registration: 9:30 AM
Clinic: 10:00-1:30, 2:30-5:30
Location: Lincoln High School; 2600 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315
$25 Participation Fee*
DETAILED SCHEDULE HERE

CLINIC 3
ALL INSTRUMENTS

Sunday, November 3, 2019
Registration: 9:00 AM
Clinic: 9:30-12:30, 1:30-5:30
Location: Franklin Jr. High; 4801 Franklin Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310
$25 Participation Fee*

AUDITION EVENT
ALL INSTRUMENTS

Sunday, November 10, 2019
Registration: 9:00 AM
Auditions: 9:30-12:30, 1:30-5:30
Location: Franklin Jr. High; 4801 Franklin Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310
$50 Participation Fee**

*There is a $25 fee for participation in each XRP Pre-season Clinic, which must be paid by the start of the event. This fee is non-refundable and will NOT be applied towards 2020 membership fees. Thanks to a recent partnership between Crossroads Indoor, Des Moines Public Schools, and Valley High School, these clinics are free-of-charge for any students enrolled in DMPS or who are current members of the Valley Marchmasters.

**There is a $50 fee for participation in the XRP Audition Event, which must be paid by the start of the event. This fee is non-refundable; should an individual be offered membership for the 2020 season, this fee WILL be applied towards their membership dues. Thanks to a recent partnership between Crossroads Indoor and Des Moines Public Schools, attendance at 2020 Auditions are free-of-charge for any students enrolled in DMPS.


PREPARE THE MATERIAL

For individuals who are attending clinics or auditions, we strongly encourage you to come prepared with the music on your instrument already learned. This will allow you to get the most out of your clinic or audition experience. We have several options available to help you prepare:

1) The Crossroads Exercise Packets

  • Includes all music that will be played at pre-season clinics and auditions

  • Available free-of-charge HERE.

  • Add the packet(s) of your choice to your cart, and check-out. You will be asked to provide your name and billing address at checkout, but no payment will be required, since the total cost is $0

  • You will then be emailed a secure download link to a .pdf of the packet(s)


    2) The Crossroads Series Packets

  • If you're looking for more educational content, consider purchasing one of the Crossroads Series Packets for the instrument of your choice. Each Packet includes substantial content regarding instrument technique, including text and photos, produced by the XRP Educational Team

  • Available for $15 per instrument HERE.

  • Add the packet(s) of your choice to your cart, and check-out. You will be able to pay via credit/debit/paypal at checkout

  • You will then be emailed a secure download link to a .pdf of the packet(s)


PAY IN ADVANCE

Payments for Clinics or Auditions may be made the day of the Event by Cash or Check (Payable to Crossroads Percussion).

Payments for Clinics or Auditions may be made online at anytime by clicking HERE, adding Events to your Cart, then Checking Out.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Your Events begin Sunday morning - is there any way for me to travel Saturday night?

Yes! Although Crossroads does not own an overnight facility, we have a strong network of volunteers (and former marching members) who live in the area that would be more than happy to host you for the night! If this applies to you, please Register above, then reach out to us directly at CrossroadsPercussion@gmail.com regarding your specific circumstance.

I have a non-negotiable obligation on the date of the Audition Event - help!

This is more common than you may think. We do our best to avoid potential conflicts when scheduling our Events, but we can’t possibly avoid everything! If you are interested in membership, but cannot attend the Audition Event, please Register above; there is an option to indicate that you cannot attend auditions, but still would like to audition! We are happy to allow you to formally audition at one of the Pre-season Clinics. Alternatively, we can schedule a live-video audition on a different date.

What should I bring to Clinics/Auditions?

  • Crossroads provides all required equipment (instruments, sticks, mallets, cymbals, etc). Please DO NOT bring your own drums or other instruments.

  • We often have more individuals in attendance than we have instruments. If you are a Battery member (snare, tenor, bass), we encourage you to bring a practice pad.

  • Crossroads does NOT provide lunch. There are often many options for lunch within walking distance of our rehearsal sites, but individuals are encouraged to bring their own lunch if they like.

  • Individuals should wear athletic, comfortable clothing. We also may spend a portion of the Event doing marching fundamentals, so please bring athletic shoes to march in.

Can I audition on multiple instruments?

Absolutely! We do our best to find a place for everybody in the Crossroads ensemble. Auditions can be especially competitive, and we encourage less-experienced individuals to attend Pre-season clinics on multiple instruments to gain exposure to our technique, and to receive direct feedback from our Educational Team.

During audition day, you are welcome to switch instruments mid-way through the Event. It is rare that we will ask you to switch instruments - it is ultimately your choice what you’d like to audition on. However, if you ask us during the audition, we will be honest with you regarding your status and may suggest you switch instruments if you want to be part of the 2020 ensemble.