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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.