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Though many Raiders choose to make the corps their home until they age out of DCI, others successfully continue their drum corps career with top World Class corps.
A summer with the Raiders demands the highest level of performance from members, but our schedule is not as rigorous as a full DCI tour. After move-ins and a local tour, we end our national tour with a performance at DCI Championships in Indianapolis.
We keep tuition low while still offering a great DCI experience. The Raiders are one-half the cost of other local corps and one-quarter the cost of a travel sports team — and we offer a nearly year-round program.
Who is eligible to be a member of the Raiders?
Members must be age 21 or younger as of May 31 of the current season. Members must also remain in good standing by adhering to our rules and policies and by meeting all membership obligations in a timely manner.
What is the rehearsal and performance schedule?
Members can join any time throughout the year until all performance and alternate spots are full. Our rehearsal season begins in November with auditions on Sundays in various locations and continues with rehearsal weekends (Friday night through Sunday afternoon) once a month through April. Rehearsals increase frequency in May and June, and our move-ins begin in June. After a break, we return for our mini-tour, and after another short break, we return for our national tour that brings us to DCI Championships in Indianapolis.
Unlike other DCI corps, our schedule allows for family vacations in the summer if coordinated with our schedule.