Frequently asked questions


Can anyone audition?

Yes! Anyone is allowed to audition as long as you pay the one-time, non-refundable audition fee. Our auditions are clinic style, which means you will be assessed individually and in a group. They are a great way to get a feel of the group and learn skills that the GMU ID utilizes. In order to receive a contract, you must be 18 years of age/graduated high school. Learn more about auditions here!

What happens if I have a conflict with an audition date or rehearsal weekend?

You don't have to attend all the audition dates, but it is highly recommended. This is so the staff can accurately assess you during as much audition time as possible and track your growth between auditions. In addition, if you would like to try out for more than one instrument, you can; however, it will take away from time during each section audition. For example, if you want to audition on snare and bass, you can spend the morning block with the snares and the afternoon with the basses. That means you are missing the morning block with the basses and missing the afternoon with the snares, and you could lose out on some information. Potential members will go through a season schedule at the time of auditions, so make sure you know of any possible season conflicts through April 2020 by your first audition camp. Honest conversations with the Director, Caption Head/Technician, and Section Leader will help us communicate efficiently about any conflicts and find a solution.

What should I expect from auditions?

You should expect to be honestly and fully assessed according to what our staff teaches. For example, if we teach a different marching technique than what you are used to, you will be expected to do what we teach in order to match the group. It is imperative to have the audition packet memorized for the instrument(s) you are auditioning for, and to have an open mind about placements. You should expect to have some down time off of a drum/mallet instrument, so bringing your own sticks, pad, or mallets would be useful for you to continue to follow along with instruction. You should expect to meet a handful of people, including veteran members, Mason students, world-class staff, and other auditionees. Never be afraid to ask someone a question if you have one!

What should I bring to the audition dates?

Auditionees should bring drumsticks, a drum pad, a binder or folder with the audition packet, a water bottle, and lunch/lunch money. There can be a lot of people, so a backpack is recommended to keep all your stuff in one place. You should also be wearing comfortable athletic clothes and shoes that you can move in.

I earned a spot with the GMU ID!

How much are dues?

Dues are an essential part of helping the GMU ID continue to bring world-class education, marching, and music to the Northern Virginia area! They are used to pay for transportation, hotels, rehearsal sites, competitions, and more. As of right now, dues have not been announced for the 2020 season. In past years, they have been around $1600 for standard members. We provide discounts for veteran/returning members, and even more discounts for students at George Mason University. In addition to dues, members are expected to pay for parts of their uniform (performance shoes, accessories, makeup, etc), group jacket, meals, some transportation, and other miscellaneous personal expenses. If you need help with dues, please reach out to the Director and Ensembles Assistant ( in order to work on fundraising initiatives. With time and hard work, it is VERY possible to march if you have financial concerns!

What is the time commitment like?

Since we do not rehearse during the week, rehearsal is done during the weekends. We rehearse Friday evenings, all day Saturday, and Sunday until about 5pm. Similar to high school, rehearsal is mandatory in order to make progress on the show. Outside of rehearsal, the group travels to local and regional competitions, and WGI Finals in Dayton, Ohio. Competitions are also mandatory in order to ensure we are being correctly assessed as a full group. Each member plays a vital musical and visual role in the show at all times. While we understand conflicts arise, it is crucial that you be actively engaged at rehearsal as much as possible. Any conflicts must be resolved with the Director, Caption Head/Technician, and Section Leader. If your conflict is approved, then you are expected to get any missed information from your Section Leader -- rehearsal is too fast paced to go back for one person!

I don't live in Northern Virginia... Can I still be a part of the group?

YES! In the past, we have had members and staff travel to George Mason University from North Carolina, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, D.C., Canada, and more. With enough commitment, you should be able to safely travel back and forth from rehearsal to your home state. Our local members are typically who you should talk to in order to find housing.

General Questions

What is the GMU Indoor Drumline?

The GMU Indoor Drumline (a.k.a. GMU ID/Mason Indoor) is an ensemble within Green Machine Ensembles at George Mason University. We are a participant with WGI and Atlantic Indoor Association, performing at multiple competitions and finals. Learn about who we are here!

Where do we rehearse?

We typically rehearse on campus at George Mason University, but also have weekends off campus at locations like local middle schools, high schools, and recreational facilities.

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